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Housing Coordinator ASW/AMFT, JR 011

Department: Full Service Partenerhip
Location: Long Beach, CA


Department:                                Housing for Health 

Reports To:                                Project Base Coordinator 

FLSA Status:                              Exempt

Salary:                                       DOE/DOQ plus flexible benefits

Category:                                   Direct Service

Supervision Responsibilities:   None

Summary: Under the general supervision of the Project Base Coordinator, assist members of project base programs in accessing services as needed on the bases on psychosocial rehabilitation model of treatment and services. Provides a client-centered approach and provides excellent customer services that is sensitive to the challenges members might be experiencing with a range of medical and behavioral health issues face as they move into and maintain permanent supportive housing. Employ a “whatever it takes” approach to assist clients in their transition from homelessness to permanent housing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities  this is not an exhaustive task list, and other duties may be assigned as deemed appropriate or necessary by the supervisor or program director. Reasonable accommodation will be provided to any qualified person with a medical or psychiatric disability, providing it will not change the essential nature of the position, nor cause undue hardship to the Agency’s operations. MHALA is an equal employer opportunity and service provider. The Agency will consider individuals with a criminal history.

  • Assist and support program documentation standards of staff in accordance with MHALA, County Contracted Provider, and funding source standards and requirements, and documents in required program, including 24 hour turnaround documentation
  • Responsible for completing diagnostic assessments and providing crisis intervention, counseling/ therapy and other interventions that promote mental health wellness and recovery
  • Provide a welcoming environment for individuals enrolled into the housing programs; shares responsibility and collaborates with team members to set-up, maintain, monitor, correct and enhance all day-to-day aspects of the housing programs’ functioning
  • Provide collateral supports which includes contacting family members and/or significant other with the individual’s authorization to discuss how they can assist the person with their care/ treatment goals
  • Provide timely information and feedback to the Program Coordinator with regard to emergent staff, team or participant issues
  • Participate in some meetings with community partners.
  • Ensure that all services are culturally and linguistically respectful of and responsive to the individual’s needs based on their cultural identity
  • Use evidence-based practices to provide services to include: Critical Time Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Housing First, Harm Reduction, and SOAR (preparing disability claims)
  • Facilitate enrollments of individuals into the housing programs, and referrals to other programs
  • Facilitate case management which includes assisting individuals with referrals and confirming attainment of the referrals to one or more of the following based on the person’s need/desire: community mental health service, primary health services, income assistance/benefits establishment, supported employment and education; provide transportation, medication support, crisis intervention, life skills training, substance abuse treatment and housing services
  • Provide individual therapy/ counseling which includes using short-term solution and trauma focused interventions to assist individuals to manage symptoms, understand problematic behaviors and to develop and use more adaptive behaviors
  • Meet required outcomes as designated by grants
  • Oversee and monitor members’ individual and group activities both inside the program and out in the community as well as transporting members when appropriate. Devise and implement strategies for outreach to members who tend to have a difficult engaging and/or building an ongoing relationship.
  • Provide individual and group coaching, counseling mentoring instruction, training feedback and positive reinforcement for members in areas such as money management, grooming and hygiene, public transportation and other independent living skills

Position requirements:

  •  Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) or Masters in Counseling (MA/MS) required
  •  Registration with California Board of Behavioral Sciences as Associate Social Worker (ASW) or Associate Marriage Family Therapist (AMFT) required
  • Minimum one year experience in rehabilitation services or housing services for disabled and/or homeless persons with a severe and persistent mental health diagnosis
  •  Willingness to become LPS designated to write 5150 holds for members when needed
  • Driving with current class C driver’s license, a vehicle for transportation, proof of valid automobile insurance, the ability to be insured by MHALA liability insurance are conditions of employment
  • Must have good basic English writing skills, good basic computer skills and be highly organized
  • Must function well in a team-oriented approach to member services
  • Proficient in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local housing subsidy programs and the sources available for them
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with public and private housing providers, mental health consumers and their family members or client advocates, vendors and other staff
  • Ability to track and interpret complex data sets for the program services and budget
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Flexible work schedule to include some nights, weekends and holidays
  • TB clearance and re-testing every year are conditions of continued employment

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