Staff Testimonial

We focus on recovery and independence rather than on ‘fixing’ something. I know I’m working at an organization that stays current on the best ways to enable success.

— Maria, Mental Health Practitioner


For those interested in joining our award-winning staff in serving individuals with mental illness, People Incorporated offers many opportunities – from clinical and in-home health services to social work, program management, administration and support staff. 

We are an innovative, community-based provider of mental health services since 1969. Our system of over 60 programs provides therapeutic services to adults and children through a person-centered, holistic approach to treating mental illness and co-occurring disorders.

We start with the person first — developing innovative, effective services that provide the care, resources, and connections that will help each person in the best way possible.

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Our Culture: How We Work

Through an affirmative commitment to How We Work, we continually strive to create a culture based on trust, inclusion, and adherence to the fundamentals of our mission.

  • Show Respect: We approach relationships with inclusion, kindness, curiosity and humility.
  • Offer Trust: We foster collaboration, empowerment, growth, and accountability.
  • Be Transparent: We communicate directly and with integrity to assure understanding.
  • Create Energy: We engage each other in the pursuit of becoming our best, authentic selves.

Celebrating Diversity

We believe mental health is community health – and that our community is diverse. We strive to reflect that same diversity through our services, employment culture and continuing education.

We support building the pillars of equity, diversity and inclusion by:

  • Removing barriers to employment and advancement,
  • Creating development opportunities for all who choose to participate,
  • And celebrating the unique differences and contributions of staff.

In 2020, we launched progressive new programs that provide opportunities for professional career pathways in the mental health field. 

People Incorporated offers its employees a Total Rewards Package that is market-competitive. This includes a comprehensive array of benefits to support your overall well-being in addition to that of your dependents. It also includes financial compensation in the form of a competitive base salary and additional variable pay to eligible employees. We also provide a spectrum of work/life, continuing education and other services and benefits you may utilize to support your individualized needs. 

To support the health, wealth and overall well-being of our employees and their dependents, we offer the following benefits:

  • Health and dental plans that include a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • Employer-paid short and long-term disability insurance
  • Employer-paid life insurance with the option to purchase additional coverage at group rates
  • Flexible spending accounts for both health and dependent care
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with a 3% employer-match
  • Voluntary critical illness and accident coverage available at group rates
  • Paid time off, floating holiday and other recognized company holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program available to all employees
  • Service award and other recognition programs
  • Employee discount opportunities for products and services throughout the year
  • In-house training department offering a wide-array of learning and education opportunities

What does it mean to Be a People Person at People Incorporated? Learn more about our career paths, mental health programming, and how we help people achieve recovery through the voices of our staff who embody what it means to Be a People Person every day.

Jennifer and Nasir, Talent Acquisition Specialists
What does it mean to be a People Person? “It’s someone who’s passionate about mental health, is driven, has a sense of community, and wants to make a difference.”

Talent Acquisition specialists, Nasir and Jennifer, describe what they look for when hiring mental health professionals, including case managers, nurses, therapists, homeless outreach, and more, to join our diverse team.

They also describe the great benefits, including competitive pay, PTO, and 401K, and continuous education offerings we have.

Beverly Lewis, Medical Director    
“It’s my hope that I can help a person through a difficult time.”

Dr. Lewis describes how she loves being a psychiatrist. Her work at People Incorporated gives her a gift that she cherishes in her life – helping her clients work through complex trauma and recover from substance use disorders to be healthier and more independent. She also enjoys reaching out and supporting BIPOC individuals and others from diverse communities.

Aleshia, Mental Health and CADI (Community Action for Disability Inclusion) Case Manager
Aleshia describes how she uses a person-centered approach to help her clients connect with mental health resources in the community.

It’s about focusing on their strengths and identifying goals, using different interventions such as motivational interviewing, she says.

Learn more about our Adult Targeted and Waiver Case Management Services.

Arkya, Mental Health Practitioner
She’s been with People Incorporated since her undergrad studies, and as a Mental Health Practitioner, Aryka loves leading groups. Her favorite is mindful meditation.

Through this group, she helps her clients work through their depression and better identify and cope with triggers. “Building rapport with clients is very important to actually even get anywhere on their road to recovery.”

Julie, Children’s Mental Health Case Manager
Julie, who has worked as a Children’s Mental Health Case Manager for 11 years at People Incorporated, delivers a powerful, emotional statement on the need to recognize mental health issues early and get help for children and families through a holistic, whole-person approach to care.

She’s the advocate connecting families with resources for physical and mental health, housing, employment, insurance, food support, and more.

Julie says, “There’s just really a lack of recognition for the level of trauma that our kids are carrying into the classrooms. And instead of recognizing the trauma that they have endured and experienced in their lives, they’re labeled a problem and they’re not helped. Some of the difficulties they end up facing as adults continue to manifest because they didn’t get the help they needed as kids.”

Learn more about our Children’s Targeted Case Management Services.

Olivia, Children’s Targeted Case Manager 
“The relationships that you’ve built with people sometimes can be the most important thing — they just need that emotional support.”

Olivia describes how she helps struggling children and their families find hope — whether that be through therapy, extracurricular activities, financial assistance, or even housing. What stands out to her most are the little things she’s able to do to consistently meet each family’s needs.

“I do this work because I can connect children with things that help them reach their potential in the future, but also to ensure they can have some fun and feel supported in the time that they’re in right now.”

Learn more about our Children’s Targeted Case Management Services.

Sara, Director of Operations, Children’s School-Linked and Case Management
Sara Benson is the Director of Operations of two of People Incorporated’s children’s programs – School Linked Mental Health and Children’s Targeted Case Management. She discusses how these programs support families in our community and how she’s seeing increased referrals due to kids’ elevated levels of trauma, depression and anxiety.

Case management allows families to collaborate, consult and connect with case managers to get better access to resources, referrals to services and social supports in their community. Our school-linked therapists, who are in 25 Twin Cities schools, bring outpatient therapy directly to each school setting, making getting the appropriate care more accessible.

Sara says, “Given all the different stressors that families are dealing with, it can be difficult to find time to take kids to outpatient therapy. So there is that value of kids being able to receive therapy within the school context during the course of their school day.”

Learn more about our Children’s School-Linked Mental Health Services.

Over 50 Years of Providing Mental Health Services

We are an innovative, community-based provider of mental health services since 1969.

In the video below, Jill Wiedemann-West, our CEO, and Chad Saunders, a member of our board of directors, describe our humble beginnings more than 50 years ago and how that shaped who we are today. Today our 60+ mental health and substance use programs help members of our community, including those who are the most vulnerable, find hope and solutions through high-quality integrated mental health care.

We recognize that mental health affects – and is affected by – many other aspects of life. We are committed to designing a system of care rather than isolated services.

About People Incorporated


About Our Founder, Harry Maghakian

People Incorporated began more than 50 years ago when Pastor Harry Maghakian discovered a need in his community.

Every day, Harry saw people outside his church with no place to go. Many of these people had no home and most had experienced some form of trauma from living on the streets. Harry knew he could do something to help these people.

He could open up his church basement to provide a safe place for them to congregate. Harry also discovered that providing this space allowed them to share their stories and experiences. So, that is exactly what Harry did. And in doing so, People Incorporated was created and has evolved into the mental health care provider it is today – meeting people where they are, assessing what kind of care they need, and providing that care.

People Incorporated is an EEO/AA/ADA employer and participates in E-Verify. Applicants for employment will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status or status with regard to public assistance.

Tobacco-Free Environments: In 2018, People Incorporated became tobacco-free. We are focused on the health and wellness of our clients, employees and community and believe tobacco-free environments align with the values of our mission.