Mental Health Specialist
St. Joseph Center
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Post Date: Aug 19, 2022
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: As soon as available
Salary: $30-32/hr
Location: US - California - Los Angeles
Job Reference: Mental Health
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Since 1976, St. Joseph Center has been meeting the needs of low-income and homeless individuals and families in Venice and throughout Los Angeles County. Multifaceted intervention, prevention, mental health, and housing assistance is offered through street outreach and 9 service sites throughout Los Angeles County. St. Joseph Center’s total holistic approach to services provide our clients with the help they need to regain their stability

Job Summary:
The Mental Health Specialist works as a team member with several social service professional and paraprofessional staff ensuring the delivery of quality care in accordance to the rules and regulations established as well as adhering to the mission of St. Joseph Center.

Key Areas of Responsibility:
- Utilize a harm reduction and housing first model when working with clients to have a “No wrong door” approach to services.
- Provide mental health support to individuals.
- Develop and maintain strong ties to the community, law enforcement, and other service providers.
- Provide mental health assessment and interventions to the severe and persistently mentally ill.

Essential Duties:
- Implement case management service plan goals, emphasizing coordinated strategies for addressing mental health/substance abuse issues, relapse prevention, medication management, and any other risk factors that could impede permanent housing and provide ongoing assessment of client progress in attaining goals.      
- Build trust and rapport with individuals. Assess individuals utilizing the proper tool (i.e. Vulnerability Index (VI) SPDAT).
- Utilize a harm reduction model when working with clients with chemical dependency or abuse issues.
- Link clients to physical health, mental health, and other supportive services internally or externally.
- Link clients to appropriate bridge/interim housing programs and assist them in completing required paperwork in order to enroll them in permanent housing-related programs.
- Keep highly organized files for each client and enter appropriate data in a timely manner.
- Assist clients to enroll in mainstream benefits and obtain identification (i.e. California Driver’s License, Social Security Card).
- Provide bus tokens, bus passes, taxi vouchers, and/or direct transportation as needed.
- Participate in case conferencing meetings and other community meetings.
- Coordinate and collaborate with other service providers or programs.
- Participate in one-on-one or group clinical supervision as needed.

Education and Licenses:
- Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in social work, human services or a related field.
- Bureau of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) licensure as an AMFT, ACSW, or APCC OR current registration is required.
- Valid California Class C Driver License to carry out job-related essential functions.
- Valid automobile liability insurance.

Skills & Abilities:
- Strong knowledge of homeless services and resources. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Critical Time Intervention, and Housing First.

- Demonstrate experience with providing mental health assessments using diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV

403(b), 3 weeks vacation, 13 paid holidays + a Winter Hiatus, PTO, health insurance, life insurance, referral program, and EAP.

Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.

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