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Mental Health Support Specialist

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The Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS) assists individuals who are living with mental illness to maintain the highest level of independence possible. They help those that they support develop and maintain their skills of daily living and progress toward mental health recovery. Mental Health Support Specialists will provide this support to individuals in their own home, in a supported living environment and in their community.

The following list includes some, but not all, of the duties you will perform as part of your work as an MHSS. You will support individuals who are working on:

  • Being part of their community
  • Recreation
  • Menu planning and meal preparation
  • Communication skills
  • Exploration of meaningful activities including work, education, or other interests
  • Housekeeping
  • Accessing transportation
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Health maintenance
  • Maintaining safety
  • Financial management
  • Basic academic skills
  • Management of personal and legal affairs
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Developing and using self-awareness