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Mental Health Parent Partner

To qualify to be a Parent Partner, you must be the parent, foster parent or primary caregiver of a youth who has received mental health services. Please include a description of your experience in your resume or cover letter. The Parent Partner uses this lived experience to help parents engage in our program’s therapy services. Parent Partners help parents to advocate, to better understand the mental health needs of the child, and to participate in therapy services in support of the child’s mental health goals.The position is part of a multi-disciplinary team in a school and community setting, working closely with therapists to ensure youth and families' success. Join us at a long-standing and well-respected social service agency, helping youth and families live better lives

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Specific Activities
  • Helps parents understand and complete intake paperwork.
  • Helps parents understand how mental health services work, and works with parents to identify needs and overcome obstacles preventing effective participation in services.
  • Works with clinicians to ensure a family-centered treatment plan.
  • Helps parents feel supported throughout the therapy process by aiding the parents in self-advocacy.
  • Provides case management services via school, home visits and community settings, during the day and evening. Connects families to appropriate resources linkages in the community.
  • Conducts parenting classes, including Parenting Difficult Teens.
  • Helps parents identify and access informal support people and involve them in the treatment plan.
  • Assists in making arrangements for “special needs” cases (Interpreter for language barriers or hearing impaired).
  • Completes progress notes in CCBH (Anasazi) within defined timelines, and participates in program’s Quality Assurance process.
  • Performs outreach activities within the school district and community as designated in county contract objectives.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.
Personal experience as the primary caregiver of a youth age 5-21 who has received mental health services is required. Bilingual in English/Spanish is preferred but not required. Also preferred is two years community-based social service or case management experience. Knowledge of North County resources desired. Anasazi trained preferred but not required. Must possess excellent oral and written skills; work well autonomously and with multiple people/disciplines. Must possess the ability to make sound decisions independently. Must be computer literate. Must pass required background checks. Must have reliable transportation and relevant auto insurance, plus a clean driving record.
Compensation and Benefits
Your well-being matters at North County Lifeline!
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid holidays (13 days)
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage
  • Free health and wellness programs
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Great employee incentive award programs
  • Training and education assistance
  • Matched 403b retirement plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Menu of optional benefits, including short term disability, critical illness, accident, hospitalization and cancer policy
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be exposed in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands.  Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The employee will be required to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer.
Work Schedule
Full-time 40 hour position
M-F- (based on program needs-may include evenings & weekends)
DOE plus bilingual pay