Mental Health Consultant & Associate Job Description Policy Number and Last Update (01.04.22/01-2011)

Title: Mental Health Consultant

Reports to: Delegate Director, for fulfilling the terms of the contract.

Supervises: 

FLSA:

General Summary:

Must have experience working with young children; knowledge of culturally relevant services in the community for migrant and seasonal families; knowledge of treatment in the areas of child behavior management and family crisis intervention; ability to work with families and staff; ability to provide emergency counseling, treatment and referral.

Mental Health Consultant:
Must have an Illinois license in any of the following disciplines:

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatric nursing
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Clinical social work

Preferred bi-cultural and bilingual (Spanish/English).

Mental Health Associate:
If the Consultant is not bilingual, the delegate may also contract with a mental Health Associate, who must be a graduate student or graduate in any of the above mentioned disciplines, and be bilingual (Spanish/English).

Responsibilities:

CONSULTANT - If the delegate contracts with an associate, the consultant should visit the center at least once during the season.

  1. Visit center to observe each classroom. Discuss observations and recommendations with classroom staff.
  2. Participate in the development and implementation of the mental health program by providing input and recommendations as a member of the HSAC.
  3. Promote the emotional development of children, staff and parents by providing
  4. training and information on mental health.
  5. Assist in the development and implementation of specific plans for children with special needs, including participation in child's IEP/IFSP, if indicated.
  6. Be available to consult with staff and parents, at a minimum of twice a month for at least an hour.
  7. Review all behavior checklists, observe, and make recommendations.
  8. Complete related forms.
  9. Supervise and provide guidance to the M.H. Associate, at least once a month, if there is an associate.

ASSOCIATE - The frequency of the consultation is decided by the consultant, but at least it should take place monthly.

  1. Visit center to observe each classroom. Discuss observations and recommendations with classroom staff.
  2. Participate in the development and implementation of the mental health program by providing input and recommendations as a member of the HSAC.
  3. Promote the emotional development of children, staff and parents by providing training and information on mental health.
  4. Assist in the development and implementation of specific plans for children with special needs, including participation in child's IEP/IFSP, if indicated.
  5. Be available to consult with staff and parents, at a minimum of twice a month for at least an hour.
  6. Review all developmental screenings, observe, and make recommendations.
  7. Complete related forms.
  8. Consult monthly with M.H. Consultant.