Pinocchio Mental Health Specialist in St. Louis, MO at Compass Health Network

Date Posted: 12/28/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description


Pinocchio Mental Health Specialist is a mental health professional based in partnering school districts; working a 9 – 10 month schedule.  They serve as a liaison between children/families and schools, provide early identification and early intervention services to students in K – 3rd  grade screened as being eligible for the Pinocchio Program; and provide Mental Health Consultation to school staff .  

 This position serves the Ferguson/Florissant School District, and follows the district schedule. Monday- Friday 8:30am-3:30pm during the school year. The position is paid hourly.

 Core Responsibilities:

-  Screen all children in assigned school grades K – 3

-   Provide direct and indirect observation of children screened as eligible for the program

-   Coordinate and complete program eligibility process with appropriate school staff and potential program parents

-   Weekly Pinocchio Sessions: develop a permanent weekly schedule with the school

-    Attend all agency and program meetings at a frequency determined by Supervisor

-    Link families to other Crider services as deemed appropriate

-    Collaborate with families and systems to develop Pinocchio Child and Family Plans

-     Meet with each child eligible for the program weekly; individually for 30 minutes or in a group no larger than 4 students for 45 minutes. 

-     Schedule two parent conferences during the academic school year

- Provide mental health consultation and mental health education to school staff 

- Function as a member of an integrated health team, serving as the liaison 

 among providers involved in the client’s/family’s life.

- Actively work to build and foster an integrated care team around the 


- Provide parenting education when appropriate.  (Family System Model) 

- Seek culturally competent services and service providers to meet the unique cultural needs of each agency consumer and family member.

- Timely, Accurate, Complete documentation

- Maintain agreed upon level of productivity.

- Complete all mandatory documentation to monitor client’s progress towards achievement of individual treatment plan goals.                                        

- Other miscellaneous duties as assigned.

- Perform Utilization Review activities as assigned

- Attend all training as required by Crider Health Center, Accreditors and Funders.


The Pinocchio Mental Health Specialist reports directly to the Pinocchio Program Manager/Pinocchio Supervisor.

Job Requirements


• Masters degree in mental health related field as recognized by the US Department of Education as QMHP and minimum of three years applicable experience.

• Licensed or License eligible

• Commitment to Service Excellence

• Commitment to Personal Excellence

• Team Oriented and Values Diversity



Compass Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and an E-Verify participant.