Fred Finch Youth Center Mental Health Resource Specialist   in San Diego, California

Mental Health Resource Specialist


Job Summary:

The Mental Health Resource Specialist (MHRS) is responsible for providing and documenting mental health services and implementing treatment plan goals with program participants. The MHRS participates in agency trainings as needed. The MHRS is also responsible for safety practices, and monitoring policy and procedures.

The MHRS builds relationships with participants who have complex lives that may include drug and alcohol use. The MHRS will provide services within a strengths-based, culturally-sophisticated, family-friendly environment that values respect, accountability, compassion, excellence, diversity, innovation, and integrity.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Classroom/Residence Assistance: 1) Provide therapeutic support and mental health intervention that addresses individual treatment goals. 2) Teach skills for coping with or ameliorating stressful situations or better managing symptoms. 3) Provide crisis management using verbal counseling techniques. 4) Provide assistance with enhancement of adaptive living skills (self-care, communication skills, self-direction, social skills, leisure skills, independent living skills, functional academics, community use and mobility, work skills, and health and safety). 5) Assist/attend community meetings and goal setting groups, psycho-educational and skill building small group activities; may lead or co-lead groups as assigned. 6) Support behavior management interventions that focus on teaching self-management skills that participants and families may use to control their own lives, to deal effectively with present and future problems, and to function well with minimal or no additional therapeutic intervention.

Participant Care and Supervision: 1) Actively supervises general care and safety of participants and instruct their program participation by providing a consistent, nurturing environment with clear expectations and limits. 2) Assist in the development and implementation of positive behavioral and mental health interventions and in the implementation of treatment plan goals. 3) Participate in supporting and instruct their program participation by providing a consistent, nurturing participants' progress through facilitating groups, attending treatment reviews, special staffing meetings. 4) Provide transportation for participants to any off-site activities, medical appointments, or family therapy as needed. 5) Serve as primary counselor to several participants assigned and carry out all functions of primary counselor duties. 6) Assist in the team approach to planning and implementing program needs of recreational, skills building and community integration activities.

Documentation/Administrative Duties: 1) Maintains participant records in an orderly and timely manner. 2) Effective use of Electronic Health Record system (s). 3) Comprehends and meets all charting and billing deadlines, in accordance with documentation policies, if applicable. 3) Adheres to administrative and productivity goals (up to 65% depending on the program). 4) Participates in internal and community based quality assurance as assigned. 5) Verifies all aspects of documentation meet or exceed county, state and federal guidelines. 6) Meets all HIPAA standards in providing PHI to others. 7) Participates in Utilization Review, Quality Assurance, and Quality Improvement meetings as needed. 8) Participates in agency committees as assigned.

Professional Development: 1) Attends weekly individual and group supervision, staff meetings and actively works toward developing professional skills. 2) Participates in trainings included but no limited to ProAct, First Aid/CPR, medication and other trainings as assigned. 3) Participates in quality improvement and peer reviews. 4) Participates in Agency committees as assigned.

Compliance:1) Maintains excellent professional boundaries and adheres to all professional ethical standards including abuse reporting, maintenance of participant confidentiality and FFYC. 2) Adheres to all agency and program policies including Boundary Code of Ethics, Core Competencies, Code of Conduct, Employee Handbook and state and federal regulations.

Medication: 1) Supervise participants' daily health needs, communicating and health concerns to the Medical Services Coordinator, Nurse or Residential Supervisor, as well as dispense and monitor participants' medication.

Safety: 1) Report any unsatisfactory conditions in the care and upkeep of the participant's environment to the Residential Supervisor and/or Maintenance.

Competencies:1) Demonstrate knowledge of child/adolescent/young adult development and emotional disorders as relevant to program's target population. 2) Demonstrate knowledge of individual and family assessments, diagnosis, differential treatment approaches and interventions including intensive case management services. 3) Demonstrate knowledge of documentation standards and capacity to meet documentation expectations. 4) Provide developmentally appropriate treatment services consistent with program model and involving multiple systems planning and coordination.

Other Duties: 1) Must be licensed in CA and have the ability and skill to drive cars, vans, or other vehicles. 2) Other related duties as assigned

Position Requirements



  • One year experience with program target population preferred (i.e. intellectually disabled, homeless, teens or young adults, SED).

  • Current CA Driver’s License (or the ability to obtain one within 10 days).

  • Basic computer and keyboarding competence with the ability to use Microsoft Office Suite.


  • B.A. Degree

  • One year experience with program modality (example: school-based, residential, mobile/community-based, assertive community treatment, wraparound, etc.).

Physical Demands:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet and, at all times is maintained within safe California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL/OSHA) standards.


  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with co-workers, supervisors, and participants.

  • Prepares clearly and concisely written reports and summaries.

  • Must be able to comprehend, follow, and clearly convey instructions to others.

Physical Activities

  • Possesses the ability to actively supervise participant’s recreational activities, including noncompetitive sports.

  • Must be able to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard.

  • Must be able to bend, lift as much as 25 lbs, and walk up to a mile at one time.

  • Must be able to physically hold aggressive youths according to principles taught at the agency.

  • Must be licensed and have the ability and skill to drive cars, vans, or other vehicles.

  • Must be able to respond quickly to emergencies, and to learn and implement self-defense maneuvers, and to physically monitor participants to ensure they don’t hurt themselves or others. Job may be dangerous if the individual cannot assess and avoid threats posed by participant.


Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (PPO or HMO options) Employer matching 401(k) retirement plan Employer paid life insurance Employee Assistance Program Flexible Spending Account (both medical and dependent care) 8 Paid holidays 21 days of Paid Time Off


Req NumberSOC-18-00051

LocationSan Diego - Palm Street

About the OrganizationFor over a century, Fred Finch Youth Center has brought hope and healing to vulnerable youth and their families. Our clients are children, teens, and young adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities or emotional disorders that may be transitioning from foster care or homelessness, recovering from abuse, or underserved by traditional service providers. We provide over 3,000 youth each year with residential care, special education, vocational training, transitional housing, homeless youth programs, school-based counseling, and in-home support on residential campuses in Oakland and San Diego and in homes, schools, and communities in over several counties throughout California. Join us in making a difference in the lives of others.

This position is currently accepting applications.