Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Housing Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-Concord
    Req No.
    2018-3224
    Category
    Other Specialties
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    MHS’s Contra Costa ACTiOn Team provides Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) to individuals that qualify for AB1421/Laura’s Law. The program provides both voluntary and court-ordered services through an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model for up to 75 eligible adults in Contra Costa County. All services meet the guidelines described in AB 1421 (Laura’s Law) while respecting the choice, autonomy and dignity of individuals struggling with symptoms of serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorders.

     

    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms with the values highlighted on the cover of this directory. Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.

     

    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. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis.

    Position Description

    This position will serve as Housing Specialist for Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) services and subsequent Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) for Laura’s Law/AB 1421 for eligible adults with serious mental illness in Contra Costa County. 

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • 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.
    • Assisted Outpatient Treatment and Assertive Community Treatment model as it relates to client care.
    • Cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders.
    • Housing needs of individuals with mental illness and an ability to generate a variety of housing options.
    • Resourcefulness, initiative and the ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.
    • Skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.
    • Utilizes logical problem-solving techniques both independently and in collaboration with workers in dealing with client needs.
    • Interact positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education.
    • Maintain professional distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
    • Maintain positive morale and unit cohesion
    • Set priorities and reacts appropriately to emergency situations.
    • Locates housing opportunities in defined areas of the County that comprise the housing continuum primarily including short-term, emergency, transitional, as well as permanent options available.
    • Coordinates and oversees various kinds of oversight agreements, including temporary and master leasing, scattered site leasing, and sponsor-based leasing.
    • The majority of AOT ACT services are provided in the community and client residences, and requires client transportation in personal and/or company vehicles. Provides on-call, after-hours, and weekend/holiday services as required by contract.
    • 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.
    • Performs shift management duties in coordination with other AOT ACT staff as directed by Program Supervisor and/or Program Manager. Functions as assistant to shift manager when assigned. Follows administrative chain of command.
    • Introduces clients to Common Ground software, assisting clients in completing the Common Ground Health Report before medical office visits.
    • 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 behavioral health services system in order to educate them about the program.
    • Assists clients in obtaining necessary documents for housing placement.
    • 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.
    • 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 the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and follows guidelines that promote workplace safety.
    • Provides input towards policy and procedure design, revision, and deletion.

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