Rehabilitation Specialist


The Rehabilitation Specialist is a highly skilled children's "behavioral specialist", mental health services position which is used in the agency's TBS, Wraparound Services Therapeutic Foster Care & Transitional Housing programs. Rehabilitation Specialists play a very important role in the treatment process for children/youth experiencing emotional or mental difficulties. Staff receive substantial training, support & clinical supervision.

FCNI is a progressive, dynamic organization with a 35-year history serving San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties through multiple programs designed to strengthen and preserve families and individuals impacted by trauma. Programs are delivered in partnership with public and private agencies and the community. With our "grow your own" philosophy, FCNI provides excellent advancement opportunities.

FCNI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by law. In addition to federal law requirements, FCNI complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training


Due to the State Public Health Officer Order issued by the State of California: All workers who provide services or work in Health Care Facilities, including Behavioral Health are required to show proof of a COVID19 Vaccination.

Workers may be exempt from the vaccination requirements only upon providing FCNI's Human Resources department a declination form, signed by the individual stating either of the following: (1) the worker is declining vaccination based on Religious Beliefs, or (2) the worker is excused from receiving any COVID-19 vaccine due to Qualifying Medical Reasons.

a. To be eligible for a Qualified Medical Reasons exemption the worker must also provide to FCNI's Human Resources department a written statement signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional practicing under the license of a physician stating that the individual qualifies for the exemption (but the statement should not describe the underlying medical condition or disability) and indicating the probable duration of the worker’s inability to receive the vaccine (or if the duration is unknown or permanent, so indicate).

b. Wear a surgical mask or higher-level respirator approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), such as an N95 filtering facepiece respirator, at all times while in the facility.

Compensation and Benefits

Pay Scale $21.00-$26.88 per hour (See details below for starting pay rate)

  • Starting rate $21.00 per hour
  • ​​​​​​​40 hrs. - Full-Time/Non-Exempt position in San Luis Obispo County.
  • Plus a Spanish Bilingual differential (if applicable) of a 10% increase on the Employee's Base Rate of Pay
  • Mileage reimbursement $0.62 per mile.
  • Plus a Spanish Bilingual differential (if applicable) of a 10% increase on the Employee's Base Rate of Pay 
  • Mileage reimbursement: 65.5 cents per mile
  • Eligible to enroll into benefits on the 1st of the month following employee's first day of employment. These are all high quality and comprehensive plans.
    • FCNI will cover 75% of employee's premium and 60% of employee's dependent’s premium on the primary plan offered-Aetna PPO Health Benefit, Vision and Dental PPO - Average monthly premium for Employee Only plans $125.68 (Spouse and family plans available).
    • (HMO and HSA plans available)
  • Humana Life Insurance - $25,000 death benefit at no charge to the employee.
  • Employee Assistance Program - Aetna Resources and Support at no charge to the employee which includes resources and support in:
    • Emotional well-being support
    • Legal services
    • Daily life assistance
    • Financial services, etc.
  • 403(b) plan which allows employees to contribute a portion of their salary pre-tax toward their retirement with a monthly employer match.
  • 12 paid holidays annually
  • 17 days of PTO accrued annually (increases after 3 years of service)

Basic Duties

  • Provide counseling designed to minimize impulsive behavior & assist clients to engage in positive activities
  • Provide interventions which redirect behaviors & prevent inappropriate behavioral responses, including cognitive behavioral interventions
  • Provide interventions which improve client social functioning, daily living and essential lifeskills; this may include preparing youth for independent living
  • Transfer skills to caregivers to improve their ability to manage client behaviors & promote stability
  • Extensive driving that may include transporting clients and families, supervision of family visits and supervise approved activities with clients
  • Ability to work with clients with severe emotional needs in diverse settings including family homes, residential care, juvenile justice facilities, schools, and other community settings.
  • Participate in treatment team meetings, child & family teams and agency specific case staffing
  • Prepare required written documentation, including case notes, incident reports, & agency forms
  • Participate in agency training, unit/staff meetings, activities, & events


  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in human services (psychology, social services, social work, counseling, human/child development) or a related field of study, and experience in working with persons with mental health/special needs in a mental health, social services, or human services oriented public/private organization;
    • or An Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university in human services (psychology, social services, social work, counseling, human/child development) or a related field of study and/or personal or lived experience in working with persons with mental health/special needs in a mental health, social services, or human services oriented public/private organization
  • Bilingual candidates must be professionally fluent and able to perform all functions of the position in Spanish and English 
  • Knowledgeable of psychology, sociology & acceptable social work practices; theories of behavior management & interventions; theories of child development; counseling techniques and methodologies
  • Be of good character and reputation, professional, communicate effectively, and able to follow agency policy & procedures
  • Meet all state criminal record & health screening clearance requirements and have a valid CA driver’s license, insurance & acceptable DMV record
  • Be flexible in schedule availability, which can include evenings, weekends and holidays
    • Must be available to report in-person with flexible remote/telecommuting work.  


Send questions to or to FCNI 1255 Kendall Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401