Mental Health Counselor II Housing Specialist - Hamlin AFCCS

Type: 
Job
Duties: 
To assess and support the housing needs of the Centers/Program chronically homeless and persistently mentally ill adult clients, to optimize their independent living skills for the purpose of securing permanent housing
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
Implement housing procedures and standards of the Hamlin Field Clinical Capable Services (FCCS) Program.
 
In conjunction with the other staff of the Hamlin FCCS Program, be responsible for intake and assessment of potential clients to include: interview of client, accessing records, pre-application paperwork, and speaking with appropriate professionals and family support systems.
 
Assist clients in the application process for Section 8 assistance with all necessary paperwork and collection of documentation.
 
Assist clients in securing an apartment in the community to include transportation of client in apartment search, interface with potential landlords/property management companies, and maintain an accurate and up-to-date vacancy list in the surrounding community.
 
Facilitate the Section 8 101 group with qualified applicants.
 
Assist client in maintaining the Section 8 apartment through ongoing in-home services, acquisition of furniture and necessities, referrals to socialization, and other community supports. Maintain accurate and updated referrals list.
 
Act as a liaison to the landlord/property management companies, resident managers, and Housing Authority representatives involved with our clients.
 
Oversee the Center’s transitional living property, Doris Foster. Act as a liaison between the Program and the Property Management Company, interview potential residents for Doris Foster, assist in their move in/move out, conduct bi weekly inspections of the units and facilitate a housing meeting, maintain spare keys to the property, report all maintenance concerns to the Centers maintenance department as well as to the Hamlin FCCS Program Manager/Center wide Housing Coordinator/FCCS Coordinator.
 
Maintain a caseload between 1-5 clients, assisting in the development of a comprehensive service plan, providing psycho education re: mental health symptoms, teaching independent living skills including, but not limited to: money management, budgeting, accessing community resources, monitoring activities of daily living (ADL’S).
 
Develop and maintain Homeless Section 8 and Continuum of Care (COC) files, submit monthly and quarterly reports to HACLA.
 
Assist the Hamlin FCCS Program Manager/Center wide Housing Coordinator/FCCS Coordinator with preparing for all housing audits.
 
Co facilitate a monthly housing specialist meeting to ensure that all Center Programs are in compliance with HACLA policy, to share and exchange resources regarding available housing in the service area, to discuss openings and availability at Doris Foster.
 
Attend all SA II housing meetings in the community.
 
Other duties as assigned by the Hamlin FCCS Program Manager/Center wide Housing Coordinator/FCCS Coordinator.
 
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
Attend housing referral meetings at other programs to review clients’ readiness for level of housing.
 
Complete all Center paperwork and client documentation on a daily basis or as required.
 
Attend applicable meetings and conferences related to housing.
Qualifications: 
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
 
Must act in accordance with all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and related state law confidentiality requirements. Must successfully complete the Center’s HIPAA training, pass the HIPAA test, and receive the Certification of Compliance.
 
Regular attendance is an essential function of the job.
 
Interacting with other employees at work is an essential function of the job.
 
Arriving at work on time and not leaving early is an essential function of the job.
 
Regular attendance is an essential function of the job.
 
Interacting with other employees at work is an essential function of the job.
 
Arriving at work on time and not leaving early is an essential function of the job.
 
ENVIRONMENT/WORKING CONDITIONS:
 
The job location is in an outpatient clinic setting.
 
The working environment is free from any recognized hazards.
 
The M.H. Counselor II will be exposed to different environments (i.e., client’s home, other offices, etc.).
 
Business casual attire.
 
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:
 
Ability to sit for extended hours.
 
Ability to kneel or reach as needed.
 
Vision that does not impede viewing and reading of computer monitor, client charts, progress notes, etc.
 
Good use of arm/hand dexterity for typing and writing notes.
 
Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
 
EQUIPMENT OPERATION:
 
Ability to operate a copy machine, fax machine, shredder, computer, and printer.
 
Will train for the use of other equipment as necessary.
 
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or related field.
 
Two (2) years experience preferred in the mental health field working with chronically mentally ill adults. Experience in client advocacy preferred.
 
Must have a valid California Driver License in good standing and be insurable by the Center’s auto insurance carrier.
 
Bilingual Spanish strongly preferred. REQ. 35163A Apply Here
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