United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.
United Friends has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community since our founding by Nancy M. Daly in 1979. Our early advocacy efforts helped establish the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. Innovations in direct services span from co-founding the first transitional housing program in the nation for former foster youth to the creation of an 11-year education support continuum that follows foster youth from the seventh grade through the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
United Friends of the Children’s Pathways Housing Program provides residents, ages 18-24, with housing and support services as they seek to obtain stable and secure housing, education, and employment. Reporting to the Director of Clinical Support, the Community Health Manager (CHM) will be responsible for creating restorative and therapeutic spaces that support United Friends Residents’ social-emotional skill development.
The CHM will work full-time during standard business hours, Monday-Friday, and on weekends and evenings as needed. United Friends’ Downtown Los Angeles office will serve as the Community Health Manager’s work location on Mondays and Wednesdays. Although the CHM will travel frequently between the various housing locations across Los Angeles County on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of each week, generally the CHM will work from Cluster I housing sites Tuesday and Friday and from Cluster II housing sites Thursday.
Duties and Responsibilities
? Coach and support Advocacy Counselors and the Housing Management Team to ensure consistent provision of high quality, trauma-informed, Housing First-aligned behavioral health services to residents.
? Provide individual clinical support supervision to assigned Advocacy Counselors.
? Respond quickly and effectively to support colleagues and residents when behavioral health crises arise.
? Participate in team decision-making meetings to address resident and community issues.
? Complete accurate, timely documentation of all efforts made with and on behalf of youth according to agency standards.
? Co-review residents’ case plans, improvement plans, and critical incidents with Community Managers.
? Provide brief clinical intervention to program youth that the Advocacy Counselors and Housing Management team identify as needing additional support. The brief clinical intervention can be anywhere from 1 session to 6 months, and can include an interim plan during linkage to long-term mental health services and/or intensive mental health services.
Training and Development
? Identify staff training needs to ensure consistent provision of high quality, trauma-informed, Housing First-aligned behavioral health services to residents.
? Co-create a comprehensive staff training calendar in partnership with the Director, Clinical Support and the Housing Management Team.
? Provide individual and group parenting support to residents who are parents.
? Partner with the Transitions Team to identify trends for incoming and outgoing residents and guide the design of corresponding early interventions.