Provides mentoring services to children, youth and transitional age youth that have been diagnosed with severe mental illness or serious emotional disturbance and whom are also clients of the County of Orange Health Care Agency-Children and Youth Services (CYBS) and or a CYBS contracted service provider. Carries a caseload of eight (8) clients, meeting with each client for approximately 2-4 hours per visit and at a time that is appropriate for the client and his/her family. Consults regularly with the youth’s therapist to understand goals for the match and also develop non-clinical interventions and also with the MHA-PT Mentor Coordinator to insure a mentor-client match is progressing in a satisfactory manner. Keeps clear and concise documentation on each client that describes each contact. Participates in training, seminars, etc., as directed and also training to help to insure mentor best practices are followed.
Depending on the gender of the TAY-Youth mentor he/she will work with a minimum of 8 predominately male or female clients. Contact with the client must be a minimum of 8 hours per month for a period of six months per client. Mentors are required to drive to the clients homes or other designated location to pick them up and take them into the community, i.e., parks, college, mall, book store, library, etc.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Participation with the treatment team and the youth to develop a plan that will assist the youth to explore coping tools that can be acquired to assist the youth to become self-reliant and live an independent and productive life.
Provide supportive assistance to, and the modeling of self-advocacy with the youth.
Provide hands-on “life coaching” to support clients with the acquisition of basic skills in activities of daily living [hygiene, meal preparation, home care, medication management, other self-care, public transportation access/travel training, etc].
Support the youth to explore new and different areas of their community.
Work cooperatively with others to assure the smooth and seamless delivery of comprehensive services to clients.