By Annette Pinder

Have you always cared about helping others? Have you thought about pursuing a career where you felt like going to work truly mattered to someone? Have you ever thought about working in the mental health field, but believe your education, background, and credentials will prevent you from even being considered? If so, BestSelf Behavioral Health wants to hear from you!

Many people believe they need years of schooling and advanced degrees to work in mental health. This is far from the truth. In fact, there are many opportunities available in the mental health field that people often overlook. Best of all, they are opportunities that come with wonderful benefits, such as generous paid time off, a 35-hour work week, health, dental, and vision coverage, a profit-sharing retirement plan, a 401-K, long term disability insurance, and pro-rated benefits for part time employees. There are also opportunities to get trained in a rewarding career that helps others and help you continue your education.

Want to hear more? Right now, BestSelf Behavioral Health has some unique opportunities for targeted case managers, care managers, counselor assistants, and customer service representatives. Being a counselor assistant involves supporting clinical staff by requesting and organizing medical records and coordinating care between clinical team, prescribers and nursing staff. Care managers work with consumers to link and coordinate their health care services to help ensure clients are connected with the community resources they need. There are opportunities for simple tasks like billing and maintaining records for program expenses, or helping input information into the agency’s computer system. Other opportunities include working as an office manager or office assistant to help with daily administrative tasks, including filing. There is also a need for help with client intake, customer service, and janitorial duties.

Love sports? Think about applying for a position as a sports coordinator to help with after school sports programming activities. Or how about helping others gain work experience? There’s a need for that, too! One really unique opportunity is serving as a peer specialist. Peer specialists don’t require extraordinary skills, other than a desire to help connect people with the resources they need that can make a difference in their lives. There are both full and part time jobs for those who have less time to spare.

In addition to all of these positions, there is, of course, an ongoing need for licensed medical providers, including nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, as well as clinical internships. The need is there, and BestSelf Behavioral Health needs and wants to hear from people interested in working in any capacity in the field of mental health. They are also interested in training people to support the clients who need their help. COVID-19 has impacted so many individuals and families in our community. Nearly all of us know someone who has been touched by job loss, sickness, or loss of loved ones. It is these people who need you.

Learn more at or call 716-884-0888. Watch a program on BestSelf career opportunities on Wednesday, October 27 at 8 pm or Saturday, October 30 at noon on WBBZ-TV Spectrum, FiOS, and DISH Channel 5 or Over the Air and DirecTV Channel 67.