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TAY Specialist

Department: Mh Director & Support
Location: Riverside, CA

McKinley: Youth, Family, and Community are what we are all about!  We offer a great working environment and benefit package!

The Company: McKinley is a highly respected child welfare organization, conveniently located in the beautiful city of San Dimas, with 4 additional locations throughout Southern California. McKinley is nationally accredited, licensed by the California Department of Social Services,  and is certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. McKinley’s comprehensive array of programs and services – which touch nearly 1,500 lives annually – include short term residential treatment program (STRTP), Foster Care, Adoptions, Mental Health Services and Special Education. McKinley is known for the great care we take with clients and employees alike.

The Position:

The purpose of this position is to provide active, hands-on peer support to transition aged youth (TAY) receiving services at McKinley Children’s Center. Effective TAY support should be friendly, helpful, accessible and flexible. TAY Specialist support may be delivered in individual or group settings at the agency, in family homes or in community environments. TAY Specialist will utilize personal and prior experience of having themselves served in the system to relate to the TAY youth. Provides advocacy and liaison services between the clinician, families, treatment staff, community agencies in order to ensure families are supported through the process of receiving mental health services.


Compensation and Benefits:

Our people are the heart of our organization, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. 

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance- we offer a company defined contribution of $500/month
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off
  • Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match up to 3%
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Referral Bonus
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Training Opportunities to Further Personal and Professional Growth



  • Must have experience as being a youth in the mental health system.
  • Bilingual skills preferable
  • Flexible hours consistent with the needs/availability of the clients
  • Program assignment
  • High school diploma or GED preferred
  • Maintains a non-judgmental attitude toward families
  • Maintains required licenses and certifications to perform role
  • Must pass pre-employment physical exam, TB and drug screening
  • Ability to commute to various sites
  • Ability to lift at least 10 pounds for filing, boxes, and packages
  • Ability to sit for several hours performing clerical functions


Key Responsibilities: 

Working with others:

  • Assessing Strengths and Needs:
  • Gathers and summarizes information
  • Assists in identifying personal values, goals and priorities
  • Identifies strengths and resources
  • Identifies problems, deficits and stressors
  • Detects warning signs
  • Communicates results clearly
  • Reassesses routinely

Providing Services:

  • Implements and coordinates the plan of care
  • Conducts outreach and engagement
  • Creates a therapeutic learning environment
  • Provides emotional and physical support
  • Supports problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Prevents and intervenes in crises
  • Organizes and conducts group activities
  • Promotes health and wellness
  • Provides guidance to TAY youth being served through the system.

Linking to Resources:

  • Identifies recommended resources
  • Supports individual and family decision-making in selecting resources
  • Connects individuals and families to community resources


  • Advocates on behalf of the client and family
  • Supports self-advocacy

Individualizing Care:

  • Tailors services to unique individual, family and community characteristics
  • In consultation with the treatment team, modifies plans and services based on individual and family experiences
  • Utilizes prior experiences of being a youth in the system to relate


  • Completes required documentation in required timeframe and in accordance with all legal and qualitative standards
  • Balances privacy with documentation requirements


Why Should You Apply?

  • Our Mission- work for an organization that makes a real difference in people’s lives 
  • Competitive pay
  • Several benefit options
  • Employee tuition reimbursement
  • Great training for staff

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