ashley in Haltom City, Texas said: What exactly is a MHS? I'm very interested in this career path. Does this title go by any other names? What kind of degree would I need? What is the salary like>
And if you are one, can you tell me about your day as a MHS? What do you do? Do you like your job?
I am a Mental Health Specialist at one of the best pediatric hosptials in the nation. First, the pay isn't that great. You must have a bachelor's degree to work at my facility, and it must be in a mental health related field (e.g Psychology, Family Studies, Social Work, etc.). I am in the inpatient psych division in the Autism unit, and a typical day is very hectic. I am assined 1-3 children at a time; working with them on their behavior plans set up by a psycholgist. Depending on your shift, you may be with a child that is labeled "constant observation." This is a child that has to be watched at all times. In more extreme cases, you may be assigned a child that is in Immediate Danger (ID). In the case, the MHS must be within an arms-length of the child at all times (including showers, going to the bathroom, sleeping, etc.). This job isn't quite what it seems, but it is very rewarding at times (especially if you are able to lead a group). There is room for advancement, and at my facility the hospital will help pay for grad school. Let me know if you have any questions.