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Founded in 1965, Telecare is a rapidly growing mental health care company dedicated to making a difference for our clients, the community, and our employees. We offer an array of mental health services to adults with serious mental illness. We partner with public sector entities and behavioral health organizations, and have over 125 programs and over 3,680 employees across the country. And we're growing all the time! When you work at Telecare, you help to empower thousands of individuals every day in their journeys of recovery.

Telecare is proud to have been recognized By The Bay Area Business Times as a Best Place To Work!

The Muriel Wright Recovery Center CRT is a 15-bed, voluntary crisis residential treatment center on Santa Clara County’s Muriel Wright behavioral health campus in San Jose, California. The CRT is co-located on the same campus as the Substance Use Treatment Services (SUTS) program. The program was created as an alternative to and diversion from Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS), acute psychiatric hospitalization, and incarceration. The CRT will serve a co-ed population with 90% male and 10% female census predicted; all referrals will be persons with justice-involved mental health status. The average length of stay for this program is 14-21 days. The Muriel Wright Recovery Center CRT program is under contract with Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department.

Sign-On Bonus: $500.00

Employment Status: Full-Time

Shifts: Days, 10:30 am - 7:00 pm

Days: Tuesday - Saturday


The Cook is responsible for the ordering, preparation, cooking and serving of food to members served. This includes seasoning and cooking meat, fish, vegetables, soups, salads and desserts.





  • Two (2) years of experience in food production and knowledge of therapeutic diets
  • High School graduation or a G.E.D. equivalent
  • Experience in the use of institutional kitchen equipment such as steam tables, stoves, refrigerators and freezers
  • Knowledge of nutritional principles in the preparation of regular and therapeutic diets
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be CPR, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), and First Aid certified on date of employment or within 60 days of employment and maintain current certification throughout employment
  • All opportunities at Telecare are contingent upon successful completion and receipt of acceptable results of the applicable post-offer physical examination, 2-step PPD test for tuberculosis, acceptable criminal background clearances, excluded party sanctions, and degree or license verification. If the position requires driving, valid driver’s license, a motor vehicle clearance, and proof of auto insurance is required at time of employment and must be maintained throughout employment. Additional regulatory, contractual, or local requirements may apply.


  • Experience in a health care setting


  • Demonstrates the Telecare mission, purpose, values and beliefs in everyday language and contact with internal and external stakeholders
  • Performs tasks correctly and according to policies and procedures
  • Creates menus and orders necessary food supplies to accommodate a variety of dietary requests
  • Participates in and supervises the following food preparation activities: washing, trimming, cooking and seasoning
  • Prepares food for special therapeutic diets
  • Receives and monitors food deliveries against requisitions and invoices
  • Takes active steps to avoid food waste
  • Solely responsible for the efficient running of the dietary program
  • Ensures that the cleaning and maintenance program is consistently adhered to
  • Confers and collaborates with the Nursing Department regarding both regular and modified diet preparation
  • Demonstrates knowledge of CPI principles and uses CPI concepts to manage aggressive behavior
  • Plans and facilitates cooking schedules to ensure that food is ready at the specified time
  • Monitors food items, storage rooms, refrigerators and other equipment to ensure that appropriate sanitary conditions are consistently adhered to Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted and/or changed at the discretion of management.



  • The ability to read, write and speak English is essential, as is the willingness to work with disabled adults

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


The employee is occasionally required to stand, twist, squat, kneel and lift and carry items weighing 50 pounds or less as well as to frequently sit, walk, reach, bend and do simple and firm grasping. The position requires manual deviation, repetition and dexterity.

Business Overview

Our Story

Art, Lida, and Morton believed that clients could achieve better results when they received services that were individualized, focused, and provided in a more home-like setting. They placed the client at the center of the organization and created a culture where employees and clients were supported in reaching their full potential.

Their vision still guides Telecare today and is carried on by Anne Bakar, Telecare's President and CEO, and daughter of co-founder Morton Bakar, who heads up the family- and employee-owned company.

While Telecare has evolved over the years to address the changing needs of the people we serve, our overarching goal remains the same. Our mission is to provide excellent services and systems of care for people with serious mental illness. We exist to help people realize their full potential.

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