Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Housing Specialist

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

    Assertive Community Treatment Intensive Outpatient Needs (ACTION) – East program offers a dual track treatment model for individuals in the East Region of San Diego who have either been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness or a chronic substance use disorder. ACTION East provides a safe environment in which our clients can address all of their treatment needs.


    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   


    For 40 years, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by behavioral health challenges.  MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”.   

    Position Description

    Individual will serve as Housing Specialist, providing resources to assist with locating housing opportunities for clients participating in Mental Health Integrated Services and Supported Housing with Assertive Community Treatment Team.



    ▪ 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 subsidy applications, and updates team on a regular basis about housing alternatives and changes in availability.
    ▪ Works closely with program direct service staff to coordinate appropriate housing options for clients relative to functioning level and individual needs and preferences.
    ▪ 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 to educate them about the program.
    ▪ Provide clinical interventions as it relates to housing needs, assists clients in obtaining necessary documents for housing placement, and document client contact using program electronic health record.
    ▪ Work directly with Housing Coordinator to address clients’ housing needs.
    ▪ Attends Homeless Management Information System (HMIS – Service Point) training and participates in data gathering activities and running reports as directed by the Program Manager.
    ▪ Conducts bio-psychosocial and/or housing screenings and SPDAT Assessments. Utilizes the Coordinated Entry System (CES) database.
    ▪ Successfully functions as a team member by providing client transportation in MHS vehicle and/or personal vehicle, providing on-call phone coverage for staff consultation, and after-hours work as scheduled by the Program Manager.

    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.


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