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Outreach Specialist, ASW JR# 34

Department: DHS E-6
Location: Lancaster, CA

JOB DESCRIPTION

OUTREACH SPECIALIST, ASW

 

Department:            E-6 Multidisciplinary Team

Reports To:             Program Manager

FLSA Status:            Exempt

Category:                 Direct Service

 

Supervision Responsibilities: None

 

Summary: The E6 project is a program designed to coordinate the outreach, engagement, and linkage/referral services for individuals experiencing homelessness in SPA 1. The position will collaborate with the E6 Outreach Team as they work with individuals experiencing homelessness with possible serious mental illness, substance abuse disorders and chronic physical health conditions based on psychosocial rehabilitation model of treatment and services.

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 service provider. The Agency will consider individuals with criminal history.

  • Develops a Recovery Plan and/or Personal Service Plan with each member that identifies his/her personal needs and goals
  • Co-signs on members service plans developed by other staff, provide psychiatric evaluation and assessments for program participants
  • Mediates and advocates on behalf of the member to help him/her obtain and keep housing, health care benefits, entitlements, etc.
  • Visits members in their place of residence, hospital or jail on an as-needed basis, in order to help them live successfully and to prevent them from becoming homeless
  • Transports members to appointments and on errands when appropriate
  • Oversees and monitors members’ individual and group activities both inside the program and out in the community
  • Provides coaching, counseling, mentoring, instruction, training, feedback and positive reinforcement for members in areas such as money management, grooming and hygiene, meal preparation, public transportation and independent living skills
  • Devises and implements strategies for outreach to members who tend to isolate themselvesKnowledgeable and practices in motivational interviewing and harm reduction
  • Supports individuals and team goals in community integration and employment. Works with Community Integration. Assists members in achieving community integration and employment goals
  • Participates in staff and community meetings and in the day-to-day operations of the program as needed
  • Maintain a billing average of five hours per day into the Electronic Health Record
  • Maintains all records and documentation needed for program compliance and accountability in accordance with MHALA standards and funding source requirements.

Other position requirements:

  • Master of Social Work with ASW or MFT Emphasis with MFT Associate registration number
  • Participate in program designed for Licensed Waivered staff to attain supervised hours and be willing to pursue Licensed Clinical Social Worker status.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community resources.
  • Must function well in a team-oriented approach to member services.
  • Valid CPR certificate preferred.
  • Knowledgeable in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Driving with current class C driver’s license, a vehicle for transportation, proof of valid automobile insurance, the ability to be ensured by MHALA liability insurance are conditions of employment.
  • Flexible work schedule to include some evenings or weekends, and on call cell phone services when necessary.
  • TB clearance and annual re-testing are conditions of employment.

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