Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Housing Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-ESCONDIDO
    Req No.
    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Company Description

    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was established over 30 years ago to provide mental health and substance abuse services. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms to the MHS core values. MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Benefit eligibility is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records.


    Program Description

    The Assertive Community Treatment Program provides intensive and all-inclusive case management and outpatient/rehabilitation services to homeless mentally ill individuals, and incorporates a supported housing component. Incumbent will serve as Housing Specialist for Mental Health Integrated Services and Supported Housing with Assertive Community Treatment Team. The range of authority and decisions making for this position is limited to and consistent with MHS Policy for Housing Specialist staff.

    Position Description

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Locates housing opportunities in defined areas of the County that comprise the housing continuum including short-term, transitional and permanent options.
    • Coordinates and oversees various kinds of oversight agreements, including master leasing, scattered site leasing, and sponsor-based leasing.
    • Works closely with program direct service staff to coordinate appropriate housing options for clients relative to functioning level and individual needs and preferences.
    • Updates team on a regular basis about housing alternatives and changes in availability.
    • Conducts extensive liaison with professional members of the housing industry as well as homeless and housing providers.
    • Provides information about the program to community agencies connected to the mental health services system in order to educate them about the program.
    • Assists clients in obtaining necessary documents for housing placement.
    • Document client contact using program electronic medical record.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.
    • Provide clinical interventions as it relates to housing needs.
    • Work directly with Housing Coordinator to address clients housing needs.

    Other Duties and Responsibilities

    • Aids in general management of center including running errands as assigned.
    • Completes all assigned duties within the time frame and according to the standards as established by the Program Manager.
    • Demonstrates commitment to professional growth by attending in-service trainings and staff development programs, and seeking out supervision when needed.
    • Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment. Reports and/or repairs missing or damaged equipment and supplies.
    • Ensures facilities upkeep and safety by maintaining neat and clean work areas, by securing work area at close of business day, and by reporting vandalism, theft, or suspicion of drug abuse by coworkers to supervisor as soon as possible. Familiar with and understands Mental Health Systems, Inc. Personnel Policy manual and follows all established personnel policies.
    • Follows administrative chain of command.
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, co-occurring and gender responsiveness and to routinely demonstrate these traits in every day work relationships.
    • Participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings.
    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and follows guidelines that promote workplace safety.
    • Provides input towards policy and procedure design, revision, and deletion.
    • Reads memos, directives, meeting minutes, and revised policies and procedures as posted. 
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPAA standards.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    Education and Work Experience

    • A.A. in social services field and three years’ experience providing housing-related social services to clients; OR
    • Bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience providing housing-related social services to clients.


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