Mental Health Specialist II - Full Time @ Stars Behavioral Health Group - Long Beach, CA

Mental Health Specialist II - Full Time

Mental Health Specialist II - Full Time

Long Beach, CA, USA Req #1763
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Stars Behavioral Health Group was recently certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®, based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. According to the study, 75 percent of employees say it is a great workplace.

We are committed to providing a career-enhancing environment for dedicated professionals desiring to improve the lives of people living with mental health and other challenges to their wellbeing. SBHG currently employs approximately 1,700 people at more than 45 different sites throughout California. We serve more than 30,000 adults, children, youth and families annually throughout the state. We strongly value and are committed to having a truly diverse workforce and environment- including LGBTQ, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity in our workforce. We also value lived experience and employ staff who have been consumers of behavioral healthcare or other social services, or supported a consumer as a family member or caregiver.

Our experienced staff of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Specialists, Parent Partners and other therapists/counselors provide case management, mental health care and a range of support services in our outpatient clinics and 24/7 treatment facilities, and in community settings such as schools and homes. Our dedicated teams work collaboratively and in partnership with family members, school administrators and faculty, county social workers, case managers, probation officers and other community-based agencies.

JOB SUMMARY: This position has primary responsibility for providing individual and group mental health services and case management services to children, adolescents, adults and their families. Services include but are not limited to individual, family and collateral therapy, bio-psycho-social assessments, treatment/service planning, discharge planning, etc. Functions as crisis intervention clinician as needed. He/she acts as liaison with external agencies and functions on teams with other clinical & support staff. S/he documents and bills for mental health and case management services and completes outcomes information. May be requested to obtain additional certifications as needed, including for evidenced based practices. AMFT/ASW intern staff (that meet qualifications) may be asked to become LPS designee certified to facilitate the completion of “applications 5150/5585” for clients in need of such.



MHSII Master's degree in a mental health/social services field with BBS Registered intern number.

MHSIII Master’s degree in mental health/social services field with BBS License.


Two years’ experience in a mental health field with age group(s) to be served by the position in residential or outpatient settings preferred.

License or Certification

MHSII - BBS AMFT intern registration or BBS ASW associate registration.

MHSIII - LMFT or LCSW license in California.

Valid California Driver’s License.

Current Substance Abuse Counselor or Chemical Dependency Counselor certification (Certificate program from an organization on the California DHCS list of certifying organizations) preferred.


  • Interviews referred clients and assess/evaluate their appropriateness and need for services.
  • Functions as Crisis Intervention clinician as needed.
  • Maintains vigilance over the general milieu within the facility to facilitate quality client care, optimum facility operations and preserve the safety of all therein.
  • Uses ProACT to appropriately intervene with assaultive/volatile clients.
  • Works with clients, their families, representatives of referring agencies, and other relevant parties to promote rehabilitation and amelioration of problems which interfere with productive social and emotional daily living.
  • Uses understanding of psychiatric illness and mental health interventions, including co-occurring substance abuse disorders to interact and intervene appropriately with clients.
  • Performs accurate mental health evaluations.
  • Provides effective individual mental health rehabilitation and case management services.
  • Performs accurate basic dual diagnosis evaluations and makes appropriate referrals for dual diagnosis consults and treatment.
  • Acts as liaison with various external agencies (e.g. Dept. of Children and Family Services, Dept. of Mental Health, Probation Dept., Dependency Court, Law Enforcement, etc.) to facilitate clients’ adjustment in daily living routines.
  • Assists in preparing clients for lasting and successful housing, vocational, educational, and treatment experiences.
  • Assists in crisis intervention (including the use of ProACT) and provide support and assistance in problem resolution.
  • Participates in ProACT Team assignments and activities.
  • Provides assessment and support services on an inpatient basis including mental health services and case management services as outlined in the care and treatment plan.
  • Ability to coordinate client discharges in a clinically and administratively appropriate manner, in accordance with agency protocols.

  • Interacts and communicates, both verbally and in writing, with seriously emotionally disturbed children, adolescents or adults and their caregivers; other staff, physicians, county agencies, other health care and social services providers and the public.
  • Appropriately conducts and participates in client treatment planning meetings.
  • Maintains on-going relations with other county agencies, health care facilities, placement centers and other resources necessary to affect the continuum of care for clients.
  • Interacts and communicates with other clinical and non-clinical staff.
  • Complete all required forms, chart reviews and chart updates in a timely manner and in accordance with agency protocols.
  • Produces clear, concise, timely and professional documentation and correspondence in accordance with county and agency protocols.
  • Uses knowledge of community resources in specialty fields (i.e. Mental Health, Education, Medical, Criminal Justice, and Social Services) to make appropriate linkages. Uses internal agency Specialty Programs to make appropriate referrals.
  • Reads and responds to company communications via email, telephone or other selected mode within a reasonable timeframe. Logs in to established company information sharing sites regularly to maintain current knowledge of changes in policy, procedure, events, etc.
  • Regularly attends department meetings and mandatory work meetings, events, etc. as assigned by Management/Administration.
  • Monitors and contributes to the cleanliness of the facility.
  • Actively participates in the agency’s and SBHG’s Total Quality Management and Continuous Quality Improvement systems which support compliance with Joint Commission and other accreditation standards as applicable.
  • Participates in TQM activities as requested including CQI subcommittees, probes, peer review, audit and/or tracer activities.
We offer:

  • FREE Healthcare and fully company paid – including medical, dental, vision benefits
  • DailyPay
  • MFTI and ACSW’s receive supervision for BBS hours
  • Competitive compensation

  • Rewarding work environment with excellent opportunities for career growth
  • Excellent work/life balance including generous vacation and holiday pay
  • A unique environment – we’re an employee owned organization!
  • Meaningful relationships with your co-workers and the individuals we serve

  • Family-oriented environment

  • On the job training including paid CEU opportunities and career development

  • Flexible work schedule and environment
  • Mileage reimbursement
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