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Mental Health Resource Specialist  

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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.

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Position Requirements



  1. Education (for San Diego program only):
    1. A.A. Degree with six or more years of work experience in a mental health setting as a specialist in the fields of physical restoration, social adjustment, or vocational adjustment or
    2. B.A. Degree with four or more years of work experience in a mental health setting as a specialist in the fields of physical restoration, social adjustment, or vocational adjustment, or M.A. Degree with two or more years of work experience in a mental health setting as a specialist in the fields of physical restoration, social adjustment, or vocational adjustment.
  2. One-year experience with program target population preferred (i.e. intellectually disabled, homeless, teens or young adults, SED).
  3. Demonstrated ability to utilize de-escalation techniques that align with the trauma informed care model as part of intervention strategy for working with participants in crisis who are responding to triggers/stressors and/or demonstrating early indicators of distress.
  4. Demonstrated cultural responsiveness in working with diverse families and communities.
  5. Basic computer and keyboarding competence with the ability to use Microsoft Office Suite and/or competency with electronic clinical documentation systems.
  6. Current CA Driver’s License (or the ability to obtain one within 10 days) with a clean driving record.
  7. Must have access to dependable transportation and personal car insurance, meeting minimum liability coverage required for position if driving for work or transporting participants.


  1. B.A. Degree.
  2. One (1) year experience with program modality (example: school-based, residential, mobile/community-based, assertive community treatment, wraparound, etc.).

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Req Number SOC-19-00065  
Location FFYC - Oakland  
About the Organization Based in Oakland, California, Fred Finch Youth Center works with young people facing multiple challenges, including homelessness, economic disadvantage, mental health and cognitive disabilities, and histories of significant trauma and loss. Many have experienced abuse; live at or below the poverty line; are growing up in foster care, and are seeking to make their way in the world as independent, strong young adults. Despite their circumstances, these young people possess numerous strengths including tenacity, kindness, and the ability to strive for a brighter future. Committed to the notion that no one is without hope, no matter how desperate their circumstances may appear, Fred Finch staff helps each person we serve find and build upon their strengths so they may reach their potential and lead meaningful, fulfilling lives.

Founded in 1891 as an orphanage, today's Fred Finch Youth Center operates 24 programs in California including mental health, housing, education, and independent living services, providing a pathway to healing and self-sufficiency. Our 127-year history and strong track record have made Fred Finch Youth Center a recognized leader in the treatment of children and families.

FFYC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer who does not discriminate and follows all regulations under the Act as well as all the regulations under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Fred Finch Youth Center partners with contracted providers to provide mental health services to residents of the following counties:

* Alameda County * Contra Costa County * Fresno County * Los Angeles County * Merced County * Napa County * Orange County *Placer County * Sacramento County * San Diego County * San Mateo County * Santa Clara County


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