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Outreach Specialist/ Registered Nurse (Saturday through Wednesday) JR# 17

Department: AV -MIT
Location: Lancaster, CA

Outreach Specialist/Registered Nurse 


Department:       E6 Outreach Program

Reports To:        E6 Program Manager

FLSA Status:      Non-Exempt

Category:            Direct Service

Supervision Responsibilities:                                   None

Summary: Provide outreach, engagement, and linkage/referral services for individuals experiencing homelessness in SPA 1. Work as a part of a team providing services to 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. This project is administered for fifteen months by the Health Agency and LAHSA. This position is a Saturday through Wednesday permanent shift.


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. MHA is an equal employer opportunity, service provider, and will consider individuals with e a criminal history.


  •  Coordinate and provide outreach services for individuals within the SPA 8 areas
  •  Provides any needed or requested license-dependent physical or mental health service(s)
  •  Health education, resources, liaison with community health providers and counseling on specific health issues
  •  Provides health care in the field to a homeless population within scope of the license
  •  Dispense medication(s)/injection(s) as prescribed by MD or NP
  •  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.  Monitor and manage health conditions by taking measurements of weight/BMI, blood pressure, glucose levels, and lipid profile.
  •  Work collaboratively within an integrated mobile team to provide linkage, outreach, community-based case management, housing, mental health and primary care services to individuals experiencing homelessness.
  •  Make independent assessments to identify individual needs as necessary and initiate communication and collaboration within the integrated team and with referral sources to provide the resources to meet those needs
  •  Utilize evidence based practices in service delivery such as motivational interviewing, harm reduction, supported employment and education, intensive case management, housing first, and critical time intervention
  •  Be an active part of the learning in this project by participating in other trainings (LAHSA trainings, DMH trainings and other sources) that introduce different interventions that could be an effective strategy with this population
  •  Provide health education, resources, liaison with community health providers and counseling on specific health issues
  •  Build collaborative partnerships with existing and new community resources and providers for linkage and support purposes.
  •  Attend and participate in staff meetings and other aspects of the day-to-day operations and community life of the program site(s) 
  •  Complete all documentation and maintain all paperwork and other required documentation as required for program compliance and accountability in accordance with MHA standards and funding source requirements.
  •  Provide linkage support, coaching, counseling, mentoring, instruction, training, feedback and positive reinforcement for members in areas such physical health care, money management, grooming and hygiene, meal preparation, public transportation and other independent living skills
  •  Mediate and advocate on behalf of individuals to help them obtain and keep health care benefits, entitlements, etc.
  •  Read, perform research, attend classes, workshops or seminars and participate in other professional development activities in order to maintain and enhance personal and professional skills.
  •  Must provide all services in the field.
  •  Provide training and consultation to team on physical health issues


  •  Must have a valid CPR certificate and biannually thereafter
  •  Current licensure with the State of California as a Registered Nurse
  •  Must have a LPS designation or be qualified in a timely manner by the LA County Department of Mental Health to write involuntary holds per section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code.
  •  Bilingual; Spanish/English speaking preferred
  •  Hospice experience medical and/or in a hospital setting is preferred
  •  Familiarity with local community resources for individuals experiencing homelessness and/or low income
  •  Must have good basic English writing skills, good basic computer skills and be highly organized. Must have excellent communication skills.
  •  Must be able to have the ability to juggle multiple tasks without losing productivity.
  •  Must function well in a team-oriented approach to member services; demonstrate knowledge of community resources
  •  Proficient in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  •  Must possess a high level of tolerance and understanding for a work atmosphere that is very busy and highly unstructured and for individuals who present for services with urgent multiple needs, issues and problematic behavioral characteristics
  •  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
  •  Flexible work schedule to include some evenings or weekends, and on call cell phone services when necessary
  •  Driving with current class C driver’s license, a vehicle for transportation, proof of valid automobile insurance, the ability to be ensured by MHA liability insurance are conditions of employment
  •  TB clearance and yearly re-testing are conditions of employment

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