Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Housing Coordinator

    Job Locations US-CA-Hanford
    Req No.
    2018-3246
    Category
    Other
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    Kings County ACT is a high fidelity Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program servicing Kings County. The program services adults who have severe mental illness (SMI) and possible co-occurring disorders (COD). The target population includes chronically ill, unstable or in crisis, and may have serious impairments across all life domains. Our office is located in Hanford, CA. Our program is a full-service mental health and case management program that utilizes a team-approach to meet the needs of our clients. We provide the majority of our services in the field, in client homes, and other community-based settings.

     

    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.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Housing Coordinator locates housing opportunities for clients in defined areas of the County including short-term, transitional, and permanent options. Additionally, the Housing Coordinator arranges and manages various kinds of oversight agreements (including master leasing and scattered site leasing) and is responsible overall for the supervision of ACT supported housing programs.

     

    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, sponsor-based leasing, and assists in the overall supervision of Assertive Community Treatment supported housing programs. 
    • 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. 
    • Attends all required providers meetings in the community and represents MHS Assertive Community Treatment program in a positive and professional way. 
    • 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. Will serve programs’ clients, providing services in the field. 
    • Interacts with vendors to ensure all housing payments are made in a timely manner. Develops monthly reports for funding streams. 
    • Develops and runs housing ‘invoice’ vouchers as outlined in program procedure for timely payment of clients’ housing. 
    • Tracks rent payments in collaboration with the Administrative Assistant. 
    • Operates as a fully integrated member of the Assertive Community Treatment team. Interacts with the ACT team during Daily Organizational Meetings, and works late shift and weekends as assigned. 
    • Provides on-call and after-hours services as required by contract and assigned. 
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card. 
    • Successfully functions as a team member.

    Qualifications

    • Five years’ experience providing housing-related social services to clients; OR 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.  
    • Knowledgeable of Cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders. 
    • Has knowledge and awareness of housing needs of individuals with mental illness and an ability to generate a variety of housing options. 
    • Is familiar with procedure manuals and has ability to interpret these effectively to staff, family members and community providers.
    • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.
    • Has ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.  
    • Possesses necessary skills 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.
    • Able to engage culturally diverse populations.
    • Possesses cultural competency relevant to community/communities served.
    • Interacts positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education.
    • Create written documentation that is legible, clear, and concise. 
    • Maintain the distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
    • Maintain positive morale and unit cohesion as evidenced by maintaining a cooperative and flexible attitude toward coworkers, showing adaptability to change, exhibiting effective communication and interpersonal skills, and taking initiative to solve problems. 
    • Sets priorities and reacts appropriately to emergency situations.

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