Mental Health Counselor I

Full time Buckelew Programs in Behavioral Health , in Healthcare , in Peer Support Email Job
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Job Detail

  • Experience Less Than 1 Year
  • Industry Behavioral Health
  • Qualifications Diploma

Job Description

The Mental Health Counselor I works in the Residential Support Services program, providing support to clients so that they may live independently in the community or within a Buckelew housing environment. You will provide daily independent living assistance to clients in a manner that facilitates recovery and independence and work directly with clients as part of a team supporting client recovery and independence. This is a full-time, 40 per week position, working onsite, Tuesday 9 am through Thursday 1 pm. Includes unpaid sleep time, paid meal breaks and excellent benefits.


  • Work as part of team, providing prompt communication to all members.
  • Maintain accurate, timely and complete assigned documentation standards including client notations, mileage reports, etc.
  • Teach, assist and support clients in all aspects of activities of daily living that is helpful yet responsive to their readiness to take on increased responsibility.
  • Observe, monitor and report general tone and mood of clients. Ensure agency safety protocols are implemented and adhered too. Assist clients in practicing and implementing appropriate safety protocols. Act as positive role model.
  • Assist clients with shopping, meal planning and cooking daily; teaching skills as necessary.
  • Provide medication prompts and reminders and assure that medications are refilled in a timely manner. Provide medication assistance, proper storage of medications, and monitor client medication adherence as directed by specific program site.
  • Provide transportation in personal and agency vehicles as directed. Teach use of public transportation system. Assist clients to maintain all medical appointments.
  • Perform general housekeeping tasks (vacuuming, dishwashing, dusting, etc.) as needed.
  • Perform basic maintenance tasks (light bulbs, smoke detectors, loose screws, air filters, etc.). Report all major repairs needed to supervisor.
  • Ensure adequate household supplies; obtain and transport supplies as needed and directed.


  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience with people with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues is preferred.
  • Must be fluent in English; bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to work in an independent, organized, calm and reassuring manner using good boundaries and good judgment.
  • Must have and maintain a valid California drivers license with an insurable driving record and insured personal car to use on the job.
  • Must be able to pass Livescan fingerprinting background check.

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