People Incorporated is the Twin Cities’ largest non-profit dedicated to serving people with mental illness. We operate more than 60 programs around the Twin Cities metro area, including residential programs, case management services, drop-in centers, and outreach programs for those who live without shelter. Opportunities for employment are diverse, and some examples are listed below. You can read more about our company and history in the About Us section.
Working in the Mental Health Field
Working in the field of mental health can be demanding, as each individual we serve has different strengths and needs. It requires patience, dedication to serving others, flexibility, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. It can be greatly rewarding, too! Click on the links below to review general qualifications for some of our more common positions.
Support Specialists and Mental Health Rehabilitation Workers provide support to people who are clients of our programs. Many people interested in counseling get their start in roles such as these. Our employees help our clients move toward their individual recovery through support and education surrounding activities of daily living and independent living skills.
Mental Health Practitioners directly support clients in identifying and achieving recovery goals. They may provide education or training in: socialization, self-awareness/awareness of others, problem solving, and mental health/chemical health management. These employees work in both short-term and long-term residential settings.
- Mental Health Practitioner I: This position requires either a Bachelor’s degree in behavior science and one year of full-time experience delivering services to people with mental illness OR a High School Diploma plus three years of full-time experience delivering services to people with mental illness. This can also be a good place to start for someone who has a Master’s degree in behavior science and no previous exposure to working with people who have Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI).
- Mental Health Practitioner II: This position requires either a Master’s degree in behavior science OR a Bachelor’s degree in behavior science plus two years of full-time experience delivering services to people with mental illness.
- Mental Health Practitioner III: This is our highest level practitioner position that can be achieved without a professional license. It requires a Master’s degree in behavior science plus two years of full-time experience delivering services to people with mental illness.
Alcohol and Drug Counselors work with adult men and women with co-occurring chemical use and mental health issues. They develop and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients and serve as communication role models for clients by demonstrating positive, proactive and respectful communications. All counselors must be free of chemical use problems for at least two years immediately preceding hire.
- Alcohol and Drug Counselor I: This is an entry level position providing an array of services that support the recovery of people with serious mental and chemical health needs. It requires completion of 880 internship hours and eligibility for an ADC-T license.
- Alcohol & Drug Counselor II: This position requires eligibility for an ADC-T license and either an Associate’s degree with two years of full-time experience working in a mental heath and/or chemical dependency environment or a Bachelor’s degree in a social or human services field with one year of full-time experience working in a Mental Health and/or Chemical Dependency environment.
- Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor III: This position requires eligibility for an ADC-T license and either an Associate’s degree with four years of full-time experience working in a mental health and/or chemical dependency environment or a Bachelor’s degree in a social or human services field with three years of full-time experience working in a Mental Health and/or Chemical Dependency environment.
Case Managers connect people with services. They support clients in obtaining and maintaining their housing or services in a positive and healthy manner. Titles and requirements include:
- Case Coordinator / Case Aide: This is an entry level position and requires an Associate’s degree and one year of administrative experience.
- Case Manager I: This position requires either a Bachelor’s degree in human services or three years of full-time Case Aide experience working with similar clients.
- Case Manager II: This position requires either a bachelor’s degree in human services plus 2,000 hours (one year of full-time work) experience serving people with mental illness and/or homelessness OR a Masters degree in human services.
Our Registered Nurses are active members of an integrated treatment team across all programs and services within the organization. They collaborate with clients to understand their goals and needs in order to tailor individualized plans that are preventative and restorative in nature.
RN: We hire entry level RNs! Our RN positions require a current and valid RN license in the State of Minnesota.
Mental Health Professionals provide individual therapy to clients requesting mental health services in residential and clinic settings. All professional-level positions require one of the following licenses: LP, LPCC, LMFT, LICSW.
Training and Professional Development
People Incorporated provides on-the-job training in skills needed for certain positions, and opportunities for professional development which are paid by the company (including Clinical Supervision for full-time employees working toward licensure). We offer competitive salaries and benefits, including paid time-off for full- and part-time staff and 403(b) investment opportunities with immediate vesting.
Schedules and Other Requirements
We operate many residential programs that provide services round-the-clock, so work schedules can include multiple shifts, weekends, overnights, and/or holidays, depending on the program. As we work in human services, all employees are subject to a background check and, if required to drive as part of the job, a motor vehicle record check.