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Mental Health Specialty, MDT

Company: Union Station Homeless Services
Location: Pomona
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Job Description:

Title: Mental Health Specialty, MDT

Employment Status: Regular, Full Time

Department: Programs

Reports to: Manager, MDT

Reg. Hours Worked: 40 / Week, Exempt

Hourly Rate: $27.76

The Mental Health Outreach Specialist, MDT (Pomona) conducts outreach and housing navigation activities with a focus on chronically homeless and highly vulnerable individuals. S/he is a member of an interdisciplinary team that will provide services to clients on the streets and in encampments. The Outreach Specialist will provide mental health assessments and crisis intervention within scope of practice to clients in need of assistance. S/he will also address the individuals immediate needs and work to engage them in the housing navigation process. This position will enhance existing outreach services to provide clinical and mental health interventions appropriate to the clients mental health needs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE, but are not limited to the following:

* Conducts outreach activities to engage chronically homeless individuals toward pursuing permanent housing options.
* Receives, assesses, and triages referrals from walk-ins and other collaborative partners.
* Conducts standardized screening and triages chronically homeless individuals.
* Assists individuals with collecting documents necessary for applying for permanent supportive housing.
* Attends case conferencing meetings to coordinate services with other providers.
* Provides mental health assessments, counseling, and interventions when indicated, using Recovery Model and Trauma-Informed Care, among other like philosophies as basis for interventions.
* Connects individuals to other supportive services as needed such as mental health, health, substance abuse, legal, employment, etc.
* Document services and complete data entry into HMIS database.
* Provide linkage to mainstream resources, such as DPSS or Social Security Disability.
* Provide transportation assistance for the purposes of stabilizing the current housing crisis.
* Conduct follow-up activities to ensure completion of the crisis housing plan
* Identify appropriate interventions to address and resolve the homeless status of program participants.
* Assists individuals with accessing permanent housing opportunities including permanent supportive housing, move-in assistance, shared housing, affordable housing, etc.
* Other duties as assigned.


* Work indoors in temperature controlled environment and occasionally exposed to outdoor weather and driving conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
* Stand and sit for long periods of time; move and walk to various locations; climb stairs, stoop, kneel, reach, pull, push, bend, twist, and occasionally lift and or move objects. Use hands to finger, handle or feel.
* See, hear and speak clearly in order to give and receive information and instructions.
* Ability to interact with other employees, clients, customers and members of the public.
* Ability to work effectively under time constraints, prioritize work, multi-task, and adapt to changing work demands.
* Gather, analyze, synthesize, and classify information. Transcribe, enter, and post data.
* Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints.
* Requires use of a computer keyboard.
* Travel to off-site meetings.


* Knowledge of emergency housing, transitional and permanent housing resources throughout Los Angeles County.
* Knowledge of housing issues in San Gabriel Valley preferred.
* Knowledge of HUD guidelines and experience working with subsidized housing programs such as Section 8, Shelter Plus Care and others.
* Current knowledge of social work practices and principles related to best practice standards.
* Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
* Proficient in use of laptop computer and Microsoft Windows and Office software programs (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, G-Mail).
* Ability to accurately enter client data and notes in HMIS Homeless Management Information System.
* Proficient with office communication equipment and machines (telephone, copier, calculator, fax machine, personal computer, computer printer and scanner).
* Possess valid California driver's license and have access to properly registered vehicle.
* Bilingual Spanish preferred.


* Masters Degree in MSW, MFT, MA or Psychology required.
* 1 year of experience working with homeless individuals, preferably in an outreach/navigation capacity.

Union Station Homeless Services (USHS) requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to your first day of employment at USHS, unless a documented medical or religious accommodation is approved as determined on an individual case by case basis by USHSs Human Resources Executive.


We embrace our differences and are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion and belonging. Our commitment to racial equity within the organization is crucial to who we are and the clients we serve. Committed to being an anti-racist organization and sharing the unique cultural experiences from our networks, we offer annual racial equity training, host ongoing learning experiences through our lunch n' learns, and participate in on-going mental health trainings.

We promote acceptance, respect, teamwork, and fosters diversity in the workplace. We believe every individual has a story, past, and a unique set of skills that shape who we are and through this network, we can learn from each other to become better versions of ourselves personally and professionally. Through our staff-led network focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and accessibility, we work to communicate, educate, and express diverse cultivation through our eight Diversity Networks. We are honored that the Diversity Network has been recognized as part of the Community Impact Awards presented by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Union Station Homeless Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keywords: Union Station Homeless Services, Pomona , Mental Health Specialty, MDT, Healthcare , Pomona, California

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