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Mental Health Specialist - Outreach amp Engagement Division

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Posted on
Feb 21, 2020

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Since 1976, **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. has been meeting the needs of low-income and homeless individuals and families in Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, and surrounding communities.  The Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization that assists people without regard for religious affiliation or lack thereof through comprehensive case management and integrated social service programs.  The Center enjoys broad-based community support as well as a sponsored relationship with its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. serves approximately 6,000 individuals annually.
Brief Description of Principal Activities
Multifaceted intervention, prevention, and education services are carried out at four sites on the Westside of Los Angeles.  **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.’s integrated programs provide clients with concentrated and coordinated access to services according to the nature of their needs.
Job Description
Job Summary
The Mental Health Specialist works as a team member multi-disciplinary homeless street outreach team, in collaboration with social service professionals, ensuring the delivery of quality care in accordance to the rules and regulations established by the Los Angeles Department of Health Services for contracted agencies, as well as adhering to the mission of **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***..  The Culver City Outreach Mental Health Specialist will use the “whatever it takes” approach and strong clinical lens to help people experiencing homelessness get connected to resources, and mental health supportive services, in order to obtain permanent housing.
The Mental Health Specialist’s key areas of responsibility include:  
Key Areas of Responsibility: 
Provide street based outreach, navigation, and mental health support to individuals experiencing homelessness.
Provide support and assistance to clients with accessing resources in the community.  Establish and maintain professional and positive relationships with staff, clients, and community providers.    
Provide mental health assessment and interventions to the severe and persistently mentally ill.
Link clients to appropriate bridge/interim housing programs and assist them in completing required paperwork in order to enroll them in permanent housing programs. 
Participate in staff meetings, trainings, conferences, program evaluation and program development.
Essential Duties: 
Implement case management service plan goals, emphasizing coordinated strategies for addressing mental health/substance abuse issues, relapse prevention, medication management, and any other risk factors that could impede permanent housing and provide ongoing assessment of client progress in attaining goals.      
Build trust and rapport with individuals experiencing homelessness.  Assess homeless individuals utilizing the DSM-V.
Utilize a harm reduction model when working with clients with chemical dependency or abuse issues. 
Link clients to appropriate bridge/interim housing programs and assist them in completing required paperwork in order to enroll them in permanent housing-related programs.
Keep highly organized files for each client and enter appropriate data into the region’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
Assist clients to enroll in mainstream benefits and obtain identification (i.e. California Driver’s License, Social Security Card).
Must be able to operate a motor vehicle to perform the essential functions of the position, which includes transporting clients in company vehicles.
Provide bus tokens, bus passes, taxi vouchers, and/or direct transportation as needed.  
Perform daily follow-ups and wellness checks on existing clients and on all new referrals. 
Participate in SPA 5 case conferencing meetings and other community meetings.
Coordinate with other outreach teams in joint outreach efforts and attend to special requests from the Coordinated Entry Systems Team.
Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Must be highly motivated and a self-starter.  The ability to communicate with and relate to a diverse group of people including clients, community, and other staff.  Must have excellent organizational skills and the capability to work in a fast paced environment.   
Strong knowledge of homeless services and resources.  Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Housing First, and Critical Time Intervention.
Two years’ experience providing street-based services to highly vulnerable populations. 
Demonstrate experience with providing mental health assessments using diagnostic criteria from the DSM-V
Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in social work, human services or a related field.
Direct Reports:
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities. 
Computer Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Ability to use widely supported internet browsers.
Ability to accurately enter data in to L.A. County, and **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. databases
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:
BBS licensure or current registration.
Valid California Class C Driver License 
Valid automobile liability insurance.
Travel Requirements:
Travel to trainings around L.A. County, and will need to be mobile within SPA-5
Additional Information
Status: Full time/Exempt
Salary: DOE
Employment with **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is contingent on completion of satisfactory background check.
For consideration, please submit cover letter and resume.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. All applicants for employment are invited to voluntarily self-identify their gender, race, ethnicity, and veteran status, by completing the EEO Information. Providing your EEO Information is voluntary and refusal to self-identify will not subject applicants to any adverse treatment. Similarly, applicants who do self-identify will not be subject to any adverse treatment based on the information they provide.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. invites you to review the current EEO is The Law poster as part of the application process. A link to the current poster is located here.

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