Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHA) is dedicated to promoting mental health recovery and wellness.  

Our purpose is to help everyone reach healthy lives – whether the need is recovery from mental illness or is occasional and caused by everyday life.  Our message is simple – good mental health is fundamental to the health and well-being of everyone in Los Angeles County.

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Personal Service Coordinator LVN/LPT, JR 012

Department: Village East
Location: Long Beach, CA

Department:                              Village East

Reports To:                               Program Manager

FLSA Status:                            Non-Exempt 

Category:                                 Direct Service

Supervision Responsibilities:  None

Summary: Under direct supervision of Program Manager, the Personal Service Coordinator-LVN/LPT will provide direct care to individuals within a community based mental health services agency. Approach to care is member (patient) driven, recovery based, and designed to meet the unique needs of each person. This position will act as a resource for the interdisciplinary team regarding management of physical healthcare needs and medications. The LVN/LPT will address health issues, attend to modifiable risk factors, and assist members in becoming engaged partners to improve overall health and well-being.  

Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesThis 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. MHA is an equal employer opportunity and service provider.  The Agency will consider individuals with a criminal history.

  • Provide coaching, counseling, mentoring, advocacy, instruction, training, feedback, and positive reinforcement for member in areas such as housing, employment, education, community integration, and case management
  • Maintain all records and documentation needed for program compliance and accountability in accordance with MHALA standards and funding source requirements
  • Demonstrate responsibility for the proper transcribing, administration, monitoring, and managing of medications. Display knowledge of adverse side effects, indications for use, and contraindications of medications
  • Complete assessments regarding physical and mental health status. Develop appropriate plan of care and interventions.
  • Assist in the collection of health information. Monitors and manages health conditions by taking measurements of weight/BMI, blood pressure, glucose levels, and lipid profiles
  • Develop collaborative relationship with psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physical health care providers and interdisciplinary personnel to address complex needs of individual members
  • Provide education to members regarding health promotion, medications, and disease management. Focus on skill building to enhance member’s ability to handle health concerns independently
  • Display basic knowledge of available benefits and programs for underserved populations
  • Educate Personal Service Coordinators and aids with medication assessments
  • Develop a Recovery Plan with each member that identifies his/her personal needs and goals
  • Outreach members in their place of residence, hospitals, jails, or community to further engage in recovery process
  • Transport members to appointments and on errands when appropriate
  • Must know or very quickly become knowledgeable of the characteristics of individuals who are substance abusing and/or dually diagnosed, and have knowledge of local services available for dually diagnosed individuals 

Position requirements: 

  • Current licensure with the State of California as a Licensed Vocational Nurse or Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LVN/LPT) and graduated from an accredited Vocational School of Nursing or Psychiatric Technician program required
  • Certified in CPR/AED upon hire and bi-annually thereafter
  • Clinical experience preferred
  • Driving with current class C driver’s license, a vehicle for transportation, proof of valid automobile insurance, the ability to be insured by MHA liability insurance are conditions of employment
  • Experience providing direct care to disabled or underserved population is preferred
  • Must have good basic English writing skills, good basic computer skills and be highly organized. Must have excellent communication skills
  • Must function well in a team-oriented approach to member services
  • Must possess a high level of tolerance, patience, and understanding for individuals who present for services with multiple needs, issues, and problematic behavioral characteristics in a busy and unstructured work atmosphere
  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to nurture and maintain good community relations on behalf of the organization
  • Knowledgeable in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Flexible work schedule to include some evenings or weekends, and on call cell phone services when necessary
  • TB clearance and yearly re-testing are conditions of employment

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