Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Social Security Advocate

    Job Locations US-CA-OCEANSIDE
    Req No.
    2018-3308
    Category
    Other Specialties
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    The Mariposa Clubhouse is a bio-psychosocial rehabilitation program serving individuals living with mental health issues. Clubhouse members participate in social, educational, and vocational activities that promote self-reliance. Trained staff provide side-by-side support as clubhouse members work towards achieving their goals.

     

    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, Company-sponsored Retirement Plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details.  

    Position Description

    The position will be the primary liaison between Social Security Administration and Legal Aid, ensuring that communication and coordination is timely and accurate. Additionally, this person will inform consumers/members about alternate sources of income and financial support. Such information includes but is not limited to General Relief and Food Stamps.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Responsible for identifying all clubhouse members, housing residents and other consumers/members who are not on General Relief and are eligible for Social Security benefits.
    • Provide advocacy and support in the gathering of information necessary to complete the application and assist in completing the application itself.
    • Link consumer/members (formal and informal) that are receiving General Relief to Legal Aid.
    • Coordinate with other staff members to provide services and referrals as needed to SSI applicants.
    • Responsible for tracking of completed applications for follow up.
    • Review completed applications with Clubhouse Manager before submission.
    • Providing outreach to various organizations about SSI Advocacy
    • Prepare monthly reports to submit to the county in regards to services.
    • MOU Billing.
    • Coordinate with Legal Aid to complete Initial Applications, Reconsiderations, and Appeals as necessary
    • Manage a high volume of phone calls and schedule appointments as necessary
    • Interview clients to gather information for Social Security Application.
    • Helps plan, organize and participate in special Clubhouse events and activities such as; fund-raisers, holiday dinners, Annual Employer Dinners, Legislative Breakfasts, etc.

    • Facilitates intakes for new members.

    • Transporting members in personal vehicle may be required under reasonable and appropriate circumstances.
    • Actively participates in the Evening / weekend Program as scheduled.
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPPA standards.
    • Demonstrates adequate care and responsibility for equipment and ensures facilities upkeep and safety.

    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Successful completion of PET training provided by RICA is a plus.
    • Bachelor's degree or a high school diploma/GED and significant experience working with adult mentally ill population.
    • Profiencient in Microsoft Office.
    • Attain a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, co-occurring and gender responsiveness.
    • Knowledge of relapse prevention. Ability to recognize mood changes or signs that indicate relapse.
    • Knowledge of recovery and self-help skills.

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