Mental Health Specialist

Mental Health Specialist-Psychosocial Rehabilitation Programs (ECIP or YDP)

Department:  Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) or Youth Development Program (YDP)

Job Status:  Full-Time or Part-time 

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt  Reports to: Program Supervisor

Positions Supervised:  None  Amount of Travel Required:  Occasional

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, ECIP staff work between 7:45am and 4:15pm; YDP takes place during regular school hours with an after-school group running 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm during the school year.

Position Summary

This position provides direct service in a group setting for children who meet the criteria for severe emotional disturbance (SED) and who are struggling in their academic, educational, social and home settings.The Mental Health Specialist (MHS) works collaboratively with the client, family, school and treatment team to identify treatment goals and objectives; to plan and implement effective treatment; to teach and facilitate the use of healthy social skills, communication, and emotional identification; and to tailor quality care for each child's unique emotional and social development. MHS staff utilize a variety of treatment interventions to enhance each child's progress.


  • Plan interventions driven by the client's individual treatment plan.
  • Plan activities that include group psycho-educational processes, therapeutic activities, and therapeutic outings to practice social skills.
  • Model and facilitate skills through constant engagement with the children.
  • Use MAB and Conscious Discipline techniques in daily interactions and group room operations.
  • Participate in psychosocial trainings as needed.
  • Actively participate in team meetings and be available as necessary for parent and school meetings.
  • Complete clinical (daily progress notes, incident reports, etc.) and non-clinical (planning sheets, timesheets, etc.) documentation is completed correctly and in a timely fashion. Clinical documentation is monitored for quality of content and proficiency in use of the electronic medical record system.
  • Document client attendance, as well as attempting contact with parents/caregivers, other treatment providers, and collateral contacts when client attendance is inconsistent.
  • Keep Program Supervisor and Manager informed of attendance problems and client progress toward completion of treatment goals.
  • Remain informed of agency and program developments by reading written communications via letter, memo, e-mail, intra-agency mail, and the intranet.
  • Respect and demonstrate an ability to maintain client confidentiality.
  • Be aware of ethical behavior expectations and act accordingly. 
  • Support and actively promote the vision and mission of Family Service and Guidance Center.
  • Act as an ambassador in the community and assist with marketing of our programs as necessary to help facilitate referrals.
  • Pursue ongoing growth in the field, including the areas of therapeutic interventions and trauma-informed care.
  • Transport clients in agency vehicles, as needed.
  • Staff will meet licensing requirements in order to comply with KDHE childcare licensing and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • Promote teamwork among program staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors.



  • Bachelor's Degree in a Mental Health related field; some experience working with children with behavioral and emotional health concerns.
  • An Associate of Arts Degree in a related field or a Licensed Mental Health Technician (LMHT) with experience will be considered; individuals with relevant life experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license, a good driving record, current auto insurance and reliable transportation. 
  • Must successfully pass the KBI and DCF Central Registry background investigations and complete fingerprinting protocol.
  • For staff working in licensed programs, successful completion of a TB test and health assessment are required to be on file within 30 days of hiring date and before working with children in psychosocial treatment.
  • Must successfully complete Managing Aggressive Behavior (MAB), CPR and First Aid, Medication Management, Risk Management, HIPPA and other trainings as required by supervisory staff within 60 days of hiring date. 


  • One year of experience working with children preferred.
  • Must exhibit satisfactory written and verbal skills.
  • Must possess and utilize sufficient interpersonal skills to promote teamwork.
  • Must be able to collaborate with other agency and non-agency team members to deliver optimal services to clients and their families.
  • Exposure and familiarity with MS Office products and the ability to type for electronic documentation purposes preferred.


  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Customer focused (internal and external)
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Accountability
  • Reliability
  • Trust/Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Time Management
  • Organizational Skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite with ability to learn other software programs as necessary
  • Relationship building
  • Problem Solving
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in work
  • Collaboration


N (Not Applicable)  Activity is not applicable to this position.

O (Occasionally)  Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5 hrs/day)

F (Frequently)  Position requires this activity from 33%-66% of the time (2.5-5.5 hrs/day)

C (Constantly)  Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5 hrs/day)

Physical Demands                                     Lift/Carry

Stand (F)                                                      10 lbs. or less (F) 

Walk (F)                                                       11-20 lbs.  (F) 

Sit (F)                                                           21-50 lbs.  (O) 

Manually Manipulate (O)                             51-100 lbs. (N) 

Reach Outward (O)                                     Over 100 lbs. (N) 

Reach Above Shoulder 

Climb (O)                                                    Push/Pull

Crawl (O)                                               12 lbs. or less (F) 

Squat or Kneel (F)                                 26-40 lbs.  (O) 

Bend (F)                                                 41-100 lbs. (O) 

Other Physical Requirements:

Must have sufficient ambulatory capabilities to work with children in the office or community-based settings.  This position requires the physical ability to safely implement physical interventions in the event that clients exhibit out-of-control behaviors threatening the safety of the client or others.


Office, group room, and community-based working environment, which requires a flexible schedule and approach to daily tasks. Group assignments and scheduled working hours may fluctuate to meet changing program needs. This is a direct service position with frequent interruptions. The children often express themselves through verbal or physical acting out. Clients may yell at staff, swear, engage in property destruction, and act in a physically aggressive manner towards staff or other children. It should be expected that staff will engage in physical interventions at times in order to maintain safety in the classroom setting.

The company has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and the company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the company may deem appropriate.