Mental Health Employment Specialist

Community Friendship Inc. - Atlanta, GA (30+ days ago)


Mental Health Employment Specialist

General: Works under the supervision of the Program Director to provide services which enables CFI members to choose, get and keep jobs. Performs other duties as assigned and ensures all duties are performed in accordance with CFI’s policies and procedures.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates and Obtains Job Placements for CFI/Work Opportunities
  • Contacts businesses regarding jobs by telephone.
  • Conducts face to face job presentations.
  • Conducts extensive follow-up after job presentations.
  • Coordinates job interviews.; transports members to interviews as needed.
  • Assesses members work skills in conjunction with appropriate others (referral sources, Day Program staff, etc.) regarding who is ready for employment.
  • Assists in planning and/or co-leading Work Exploration or money matters and individual job strategies.
  • Plans, organizes, and initiates tasks, following through to completion.
  • Maintains open communication with Mental Health Providers about accomplishments, needs and problems, etc.

Maintains All Documentation as Defined by CFI Policy.

  • Assesses readiness for rehabilitation and develops readiness strategies/activities as necessary.
  • Prepares and obtains member signatures on monthly/quarterly reviews and IRP's discussing goals and outcome measures.
  • Completes job placement plans.
  • Maintains attendance for monthly reports.
  • Maintains log of referrals, assessments, placement plans, members taken for interview and placement information (site, position, salary, date) for each agency/program.
  • Charts weekly case notes reflecting progress toward goals and other significant information. Ensures documentation in charts includes progress notes that are well written reflecting staff interventions, supports units billed, and includes dates of service.
  • Updates and records medication profile quarterly.
  • Completes monthly progress reports, role functioning scales, and work habits scales.
  • Completes monthly project report.
  • Provides Skills Teaching and Supports to Caseload.
  • Visits with members at home, program or job site at a minimum of two times per month.
  • Assesses a member's skill level from observations made while instructing and supervising.
  • Assists members in understanding their goals and reinforces acceptable work habits, and personal adjustment improvements.
  • Provides constructive feedback to members when necessary while focusing, on members' confidence, values, and the choice to live and work in the community successfully.
  • Provides and coordinates case management services including assisting members with food, housing, entitlements, clothing, medical/dental treatment, mental health services, etc.
  • Coordinates the Follow-Along support

Assist Director in carrying out Program’s Goals and Objectives

  • Assists in administering health/safety procedures and teaches those skills to members.
  • Participates in planning conferences, in-service trainings, and committees as assigned.
  • Attends monthly department staff meetings.
  • Maintains open lines of communication with fellow staff and supervisors about needs, problems, accomplishments, etc. of the program and/or caseload.
  • Diligently reflects the principle of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the mission of CFI in the day-to-day work activities and decision – making process.

III. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of service delivery for adults with psychiatric disabilities, client rights, current trends in mental disabilities, and community resources.
  • Skill in effective interpersonal relationships, dealing with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism; communicating information and ideas clearly, concisely and effectively both verbally and written; making sound, independent judgment, and creative problem solving; decision making; and planning and organizing.
  • Ability to effect change; work with limited guidance; prioritize tasks; interact cooperatively; maintain effective work relationships, read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures; display versatility in managing workload relative to volume, type and time frames; plan, develop, coordinate, and organize activities; analyze situations and realize potential impact of decisions; and deal effectively in crisis situations.
  • Present a positive, optimistic, and enthusiastic outlook in performing job duties and to fulfilling the mission of the agency; serve as a positive role model for members and staff.


  • Completion of an undergraduate major in social work, psychology, rehabilitation, or a closely related field
  • Must possess a current Georgia driver's license and be insurable in the state of Georgia.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to lift 25 – 50lbs, retrieving and placing materials on high shelves and on floor-level shelves; standing, walking; carrying; grasping; hearing; seeing; sitting; kneeling; climbing; balancing; stooping; crouching and reaching.

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

Proof of Employment Eligibility is required for appointment to position. Applicants will be subjected to a Fingerprint Based Background Check of the Georgia and Federal Criminal History Record Databases and the current List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) of the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $30,000.00 /year


  • getting jobs for adults with mental illness: 2 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)