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Clinician/Therapist/Mental Health Specialist (TAY)

Fresno, CA, USA Req #186
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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We are committed to providing a challenging, career-enhancing environment for dedicated professionals desiring to make a difference in the lives of young people and their families. Stars Behavioral Health Group (SBHG) currently employs approximately 1,500 people at 37 different sites throughout California in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Fresno, Central Valley, Stanislaus, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Sacramento counties. We serve more than 25,000 children, youth and families annually throughout the state.


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 schools, homes or other community settings.  Our dedicated teams work collaboratively and in partnership with family members, school administrators and faculty, county social workers, case managers, probation officers and other agencies.


This position has primary responsibility for mental health and case management services for Transition Age Youth, age 18-25. The mental health specialist provides mental health services, including assessment and evaluation, to clients referred to Central Star Community Services.   
You'll provide intensive case management services to TAY clients, in the community as well as in our TAY Drop-In Center. You'll use evidence-based and promising practices to deliver mental health services, and will collaborate and coordinate with various providers and resources to ensure a quality continuum of care for each of your TAY clients.





Bachelor’s degree in a Mental Health Field plus four years’ experience in a mental health field, or Master's degree in a Mental Health Field plus two years’ experience in a mental health field


One (1) year direct service experience with emotionally disturbed clients in an inpatient or outpatient health care setting required (student internship and/or practicum time may be substituted).


License or Certification

Valid California Driver's License and automobile insurance



1. Ability to relate to clients with emotional disturbances and their families
2. Ability to work effectively with clients and caregivers from diverse cultural background
3. Ability to drive to and from clients’ homes in personal vehicle, and ability to transport clients and/or their family members in personal vehicle
4. Ability to perform clear, concise and timely documentation
5. Knowledge of Community Resources, especially related to the Mental Health field, is highly desirable to make appropriate linkages
6. Willingness to be available by phone and periodically by team pager to assist in crisis intervention and problem resolution during scheduled hours, and after hours and weekends for assigned team clients


Specialized Skills
1. Ability to interact and communicate both verbally and in writing with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents, parents, foster parents, care takers, schools, other staff, physicians, county agencies, other health care providers and the public.
2. Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment.
3. Demonstrated leadership, organization and management skills.
4. Demonstrated ability to visually and audibly assess the mental status, behavior and needs of potential admissions to the program.
5. Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of community services and county agencies preferred.


1. Interview referred adolescents and significant others to assess and evaluate their need for services. 
2. Work with referred adolescents, their families, representatives of referring agencies, and other relevant parties (in-house and external) to promote rehabilitation and amelioration of problems that interfere with productive social and emotional daily living.  Act as liaison with various external agencies (such as Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Mental Health, Probation Department, Dependency Court, and police) to facilitate adolescent’s adjustment in daily living routines. 
3. Assist in preparing adolescents for lasting and successful housing, vocational, educational, and treatment experiences.  Services include a “whatever it takes” approach involving counseling, shadowing, training, modeling and any other interventions deemed necessary.
4. Maintain ongoing relationships with other county agencies, health care facilities, placement centers and other resources necessary to provide quality care to adolescents in the community.
5. Interact and communicate with other clinical and non-clinical staff.


We offer: 

  • MFTI and ACSW’s receive supervision for BBS hours
  • Competitive compensation
  • Company paid benefits package including medical, dental and vision and many other voluntary benefits
  • Rewarding work environment with excellent opportunities for career growth
  • Excellent work/life balance including generous vacation and holiday pay
  • 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

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Fresno, CA, USA