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Mental Health Specialist

Job Description      Job Title: Mental Health Specialist Department: ChildDevelopment & Rural Transit Reports To:  Inclusion Coordinator Supervises: None FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Pay Status:Regular Year Round – Full Time  – $19.00...

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Bowling Green, Ohio

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Job Description

Job Description    

 Job Title: Mental Health Specialist

Department: ChildDevelopment & Rural Transit

Reports To:  Inclusion Coordinator

Supervises: None

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Pay Status:Regular Year Round – Full Time  – $19.00 to $26.50 per hour



Summary:  Plans and implements quality mental health to children and families in compliance with local, state and federal regulations. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Implement and monitor comprehensive, quality mental health in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, Ohio Early Childhood Education program requirements, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services licensing regulations and policies and procedures.
  2. Complete individual mental health child assessments on a schedule of sufficient frequency to enable the timely and effective identification of and intervention in family and staff concerns about a child’s mental health; discuss observations and recommendations with staff and/or parents.
  3. Ensure the referral process for children and families with suspected Mental Health needs is implemented
  4. Implement parent trainings to promote social emotional development.
  5. Promote the social and emotional development of children, staff and parents by providing training and information on mental health and community resources.
  6. Develop Behavior Support Plans for children as needed.
  7. Review developmental screenings referred from the Inclusion team; conduct observations as needed and make recommendations.
  8. Maintain and monitor records and submit accurate reports and requested information on a timely basis.
  9. Organize and/or attend staff, parent, community and state meetings to build effective relationships, provide training, report updates and stay informed on the latest research and best practices in the Early Childhood field.
  10. Ensure a team approach to service delivery; communicate, coordinate and collaborate with internal staff and external partners as appropriate.
  11. Other duties and responsibilities as directed by supervisor.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.


Math Ability:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.  Ability to compute rates, ratios, and/or percentages.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Work Environment:

The work involves moderate risks or discomforts requiring special safety precautions (i.e. working around moving parts or machines).  Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as safety goggles, gloves, steel toe shoes.


Physical Demands:

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk and use hands to finger, handle. The employee is frequently required to sit, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, taste or smell and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include peripheral vision, depth perception, color vision, distance vision, close vision and the ability to adjust focus.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.


Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills.


Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; able to read and interpret written information.


Diversity – Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.


Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time.


Attendance – Is consistently at work and on time.


Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process.


Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; develops realistic action plans.


Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.


Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality.


Quantity – Completes work in timely manner.


Adaptability – Manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with change, delays, or unexpected events.


This lists typical responsibilities, tasks and duties which are common to the positions of this classification.  They are not intended to precisely define or limit the duties which may be assigned to employees, but to broadly define the types of activities the employee should expect to be assigned.



Job Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Education: Bachelor degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related field and licensed as a social worker, professional clinical counselor, or marriage/family therapist. Prefer Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Professional Credential.


Experience: Three to five years experience working with at-risk children birth to 5 years old and families or in social services andone to three years experience working with word processing, spreadsheet, internet, and database software and management information systems.


Additional Requirements: 

  1. Initial and periodic Motor Vehicle Records checks, maintain a valid driver’s license, and maintain a safe driving record.
  2. Must have insured, dependable transportation available for daily use.
  3. Initial and periodic physical exams required.
  4. Must submit to initial and/or periodic state and/or federal criminal checks.
  5. Must submit to initial and periodic drug and alcohol testing.
  6. Ability to be reached by cellular phone during business hours and after hours.

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