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Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist

Department: MH TBS/MHRS
Location: San Dimas, 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 the Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS) position is to provide therapeutic support to the children and families receiving services. MHRS staff play a vital role within the team including coordinating treatment and delivery of mental health services to the children and their families.   


Compensation and Benefits:

The pay range we’re offering is $17.50 - $21.00 hourly depending on experience.


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



  • A Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of experience in a mental health setting as a specialist in the fields of physical restoration, social adjustment or vocational adjustment.  

  • Up to 2 years of graduate professional education may be substituted for the experience requirement on a year to year basis

  • Up to 2 years of post associate arts clinical experience may be substituted for the required educational experience in additional to the requirement of four years’ experience in a mental health setting (source: Title 9, Division 1, Section 630).

  • Google suites; Microsoft Office; general keyboarding skills

  • Ability to learn and use mental health software (EXYM).

  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination

  • Must have ability to commute to various sites including off campus and have the ability to physically restrain children if needed.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver mental health services within their scope of practice.

  • In consultation with the treatment team and clinical supervisor, use independent judgment and discretion in identifying mental health needs, creating appropriate intervention strategies and self-initiating treatment interventions

  • Conduct case consultations and assist in the client’s coordinator of care

  • In consultation with the treatment team and clinical supervisor, assess the effectiveness of services and change service delivery as needed

  • Provide crisis intervention services as needed 

  • Develop an understanding of the McKinley treatment model

  • Create and facilitate group mental health activities based upon assessments of group mental health needs

  • Adhere to mental health requirements regarding activities, structure and documentation. 

  • Work cooperatively with an interdisciplinary team to plan and implement mental health services

  • Monitor at-risk behaviors and intervene appropriately.

  • Communicate appropriately and professionally with all employees, children, families and other individuals.

  • Attend all required orientation classes, training sessions and meetings as assigned.

  • Complete all required documentation including daily notes and rosters in a legible, professional manner consistent with the guidelines set forth by federal and state laws and regulatory agencies.  

  • Conduct all interactions with children and families with respect; mindful of treatment plans with extra attention to specialized plans.

  • Assist in the orientation and training of new employees. 

  • Participate in the agency’s Quality Improvement plan as assigned.  

  • Other related duties as assigned.


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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