Part-Time Mental Health Specialist (multi-site)

Para Los Niños - Los Angeles, CA


Under the guidance of the Mental Health Coordinator, the Mental Health Specialist is responsible for key Head Start Mental Health roles and responsibilities such as (but not limited to): clinical assessments, home-based observations, classroom observations, and supporting classroom teachers. In addition, the Mental Health Specialist will assume responsibility for supporting Head Start with any other related activities with regard to Head Start Performance Standards, the LACOE GIMS, and Para Los Niños’ Head Start Mental Health Policies and Procedures.


  • Completes all activities and paperwork associated with LACOE required Mental Health assessments, home visits, parent/teacher conferences, and classroom observations.
  • Provides on-going support to Head Start teachers with regard to supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of Head Start children.
  • When appropriate, participates as a member of all Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings as required by LACOE GIMs and Para Los Niño’s Policies and Procedures.
  • Follows state laws regarding the delivery of mental health services and confidentiality.
  • Maintains client files to level of requirements mandated in Head Start Performance Standards, the LACOE GIMs, and PLN’s policies and procedures.
  • Meets all agreed upon deadlines.
  • Must be able to produce documentation in Standard English which is legible and coherent.
  • Must be adept at the use of computer software programs (MS Outlook/Word/Excel).
  • Must communicate effectively with entities outside of the PLN Head Start program, as legally mandated (i.e., child protective services, probation, courts, Department of Mental Health, etc.).
  • Coordinates care for children and maintains positive working collaborative relationships with program staff.
  • Conducts monthly observations in Head Start Classrooms.
  • Enters information into the ChildPlus data system.
  • Performs other job related duties as directed by Mental Health Coordinator and/or Head Start Director/Associate Director.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform the job successfully.


  • MSW, MFT or MA in related field, Ph.D. or Psy.D.
  • At least four years or more of experience working with low-income children (ages birth to 5) and families.

Special Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Have knowledge of evaluation of risk for suicidal and homicidal ideation, imminent danger and knows appropriate intervention.
  • Have skills in providing counseling and therapy to clients experiencing emotional distress and crisis.
  • Knowledge of child abuse/crisis intervention techniques.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Bilingual (E/S) required.
  • License required.
  • Experience with children birth to 5 years and their families
  • Experience working in school/Head Start settings
  • Knowledge of ChildPlus is a benefit

Special Requirements

  • Must have a reliable automobile for use on the job (mileage to be reimbursed).
  • Valid California Driver License. State required automobile insurance coverage.
  • DOJ clearance
  • TB clearance, to be renewed every two years.
  • Verification of Immunizations required by the California Department of Health


To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Must be able to talk and hear well. Good vision is imperative. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Employee will be required to lift and/or move unassisted up to twenty-five pounds.

It is the established policy of Para Los Niños (PLN) to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without discrimination with regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, sex stereotype, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin (including possessing a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code § 12801.9), ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, transgender status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, genetic information, family care, marital status, enrollment in any public assistance program, status as military, a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, status as an unpaid intern or volunteer, or any other classification protected by law. PLN also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

Para Los Niños is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Job Details

Category: Health Services

Type: PT

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: August 3rd, 2017

Agency Details


Para Los Niños Early Education program provides services to young children (ages six weeks through entry into kindergarten) and their families in 6 locations in the greater Los Angeles area. Our program is designed to promote optimal child development, foster critical thinking, spark curiosity, promote inquiry and heighten parental involvement. Our goal is to create early learning environments that enable children to develop the skills to be the best they can be now, throughout their school careers and in life.

Para Los Niños’ early education services are funded by the California Department of Education and the Los Angeles County of Education Head Start program. Funding from these sources enable us to be responsive to the needs of eligible children and families in a variety of settings: part-day state preschool classrooms, part-day Head Start classrooms, infant and toddler classrooms, and partnered Head Start/state preschool classrooms that support families who need a quality full-day option.