Mental Health Specialist - (Blue Butterfly Village)
Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time
Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans' services, homeless shelters, and low-income housing as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.
Blue Butterfly Village is VOALA’s innovative community located in a beautiful idyllic setting in San Pedro that provides housing and supportive services.
All 73 units of affordable housing are subsidized for homeless families. Veteran families receive a preference for 61 of the units. 12 units are reserved for families eligible under the MHSA program. Many of the residents are female veterans and veteran families with children who are suffering some degree of psychological distress and/or service-related injury that prevents them from achieving economic self-sufficiency and threatens the break up of their family.
- Develop and maintain a HIPAA - complaint system for identifying each tenant and his/her identified personal and community supports including, but not limited to the Mental Health Services Provider
- Be knowledgeable of community services and supports including, but not limited to health care, child care, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, education, and/or employment services and self-help groups, and make this information readily available
- Ensure face to face contact with each tenant at least 2 times per month
- Conduct ongoing assessments/evaluations to monitor progress and provide appropriate interventions as needed, including coordination with the Mental Health Services Supervisor
- Coordinate onsite and/or offsite self-help groups and tenant councils that plan social activities for residents
- Provide life skills training which includes, but is not limited to, health education, money management, housekeeping, menu planning, meal preparation, and being a good neighbor
- MSW, MFT, or Master's in a related field preferred or Bachelors in Psychology, Sociology or related field
- If Master level, at least 1-year experience working with high need families, people in recovery, or homeless individuals
- If Bachelors, at least 2 years of experience working with high need families, people in recovery or homeless individuals
- Experience working with the homeless population and participants from various backgrounds; particularly people with diagnosed mental health issues
- At least 1-year experience providing wraparound services to children and families
- Permanent Supportive Housing
- Project Based VASH
- Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and internet use
Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Valid California driver license and dependable transportation with adequate insurance
- Familiarity with DMH tracking systems
- Bilingual (Spanish) preferred