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Fair to recruit mental and behavioral health employees

1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Posted: Oct 23, 2018 6:06 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - With other local agencies, Fernbrook Family Center coordinated a mental and behavioral health hiring fair at Rochester Community and Technical College's Heintz Center with the goal of recruiting people to work in the field.

Fernbrook's adult residential service coordinator and community engagement representative Aaron Grier tells KIMT it can be difficult to hire and retain people employed in the important line of work.

"I don't think that the job was what they thought it was gonna be. I think they think its gonna be A, but it turns out to be C and C and D and E and F. You work as a mental health counselor or practitioner, and you also end up becoming the person's case manager, you also end up becoming sometimes a nanny, sometimes a maid, sometimes a PCA," he explains.

Rochester Center for Children, Zumbro Valley Health Center, Family Service Rochester, and Rochester Public Schools also had booths at the fair.

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