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ADMHS Rehabilitation Specialist

Salary: $21.84-$26.67 hourly / $3,799-$4,638 monthly / Range: 5516

DEFINITION: Under general direction, evaluates the social adjustment or vocational needs of persons with mental or emotional disturbances; develops, implements, and monitors rehabilitation plans; acts as a consultant for other mental health professionals and agencies; and performs related duties as required.

Incumbents in this class work within a system of interdisciplinary departmental teams and/or contract service agencies providing assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and related ancillary support services via an integrated service delivery system to people with alcohol and other drug-related problems, mental illness, and/or co-occurring conditions.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Interviews potential clients to determine the extent and nature of their mental disability and their need for and the feasibility of their undertaking vocational rehabilitation services; conducts pre-vocational and job-seeking skills groups for clients; counsels and monitors the progress of individuals participating in rehabilitation programs; consults with and advises County mental health staff concerning vocational planning; writes periodic progress reports to case managers and therapists regarding referred and placed clients; coordinates with employers and agencies providing vocational services to establish on-the-job training sites for appropriate clients; plans and develops programs for individual and group activities of a self-care, social, and cultural nature that are designed to promote and improve mental health; observes patients' reactions and progress and participates in staff conferences for patient evaluation by contributing observations on patients' attitudes, social and vocational adjustment, and general progress; plans and arranges for sheltered employment and activities for the severely disabled; and provides day treatment, case management, or other mental health services as needed.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in a mental health-related field and four years of experience in a mental health setting as a specialist in the fields of vocational or social adjustment. Up to two years of graduate professional education may be substituted for the experience requirement on a year-for-year basis; or,
  2. possession of an associate's degree in a mental-health related field and six years of experience in a mental health setting as a specialist in the fields of vocational or social adjustment.

Examples of mental health-related degrees include psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, rehabilitation counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy.

Knowledge of: theory and practice of rehabilitation of mentally disabled persons; barriers to the employment of mentally disabled people; characteristics of mental, emotional, and developmental disorders; laws and legal decisions that impact on rehabilitation; counseling theory and techniques of mental health counseling; psychology of personal and vocational adjustment; standard English grammar and usage; principles and practices of case management.

Ability to: apply common theories, techniques, and principles of rehabilitation counseling in the solution of client problems; establish and maintain an effective counseling relationship with clients and their families; assess clients' needs and abilities to develop appropriate rehabilitation plans; work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team; write reports, correspondence, and chart notations.

Background Investigation: Finalists for positions in this class will be required to pass a pre-offer, job-related background investigation.



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