Mental Health Specialist III (Engagement)

$23.92 - $26.68 hourly
  • LA Family Housing
  • Lancaster, CA, USA
  • Apr 06, 2021
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

The Mental Health Specialist is responsible for working within the Street-based Engagement Team (SBET) to assess and provide needed mental health referrals, provide crisis intervention, maintain thorough and accurate records in both written form and through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and collaborate closely with various programs connected to the Department of Mental Health (DMH). Responsible for providing field-based mental health assessments, service referrals, and follow-up referral/service tracking to homeless single adults living on the streets of Service Planning Area (SPA) 1.



  • Provide mobile, field-based outreach and clinical case management to homeless single adults living on the streets of SPA 1
  • Provide supportive psycho-therapy techniques to increase engagement of participants and/or increase awareness surrounding mental health symptoms
  • Work within the goals of CES to reduce street homelessness by linking program participants to mental health, health services housing services, and other supportive services for which they are eligible
  • Ensure SMT provides excellent street-based engagement services that allow homeless single adults access to additional community resources and support
  • Keep detailed logs of SMT outreach activities
  • Utilize “Harm Reduction” & “Housing First” philosophies when working with homeless individuals
  • Work closely with mobile medical team to ensure homeless single adults on the streets are triaged to needed medical care and health care assessment
  • Ensure that persons with a mental health problem are identified; work with the individuals to develop a mental health service plan, if desired
  • Ability to complete safety assessment and liaise with Psychiatric Mobile Response Team (PMRT) if danger to self/others resulting from a mental disorder or grave disability that may result in involuntary detention at a hospital facility is suspected
  • Assist in onboarding activities for MHS new-hires related to mental health assessment, documentation, linkage, and safety procedures
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed
  • Follow up to ensure that referrals are completed; provide advocacy as needed
  • Create relationships with mental health service providers and develop the referral process; maintain a resource listing of mental health services for those engaged through the SMT
  • Must maintain thorough and accurate records in both written form and through HMIS
  • Attend various regular staff, agency. and community meetings as designated by supervisor
  • Drive personal vehicle in and around Los Angeles County and drive agency vehicles periodically to transport clients
  • Additional tasks, projects, and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor


  • Master’s degree in Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Two (2) years of experience in social services or non-profit environment
  • Have or obtain ASW or MFT practicing number from the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) within six months of hire date 


Health, Dental, Vision, Basic Life/AD&D, Voluntary Life/AD&D, 403B Retirement Plan, 529 Education Savings Plan, Long Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, Supplemental Plans - AFLAC, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Legal Access Plan, Employee Appreciation Program, Company Sponsored Employee Outings, 9/80 Alternative Work Schedule, Paid Sick, Vacation and 12 Observed Holidays.


LAFH is committed and proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.


LAFH is in compliance with the Fair Chance Initiative for hiring and will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories.

Travel Required

30% of travel is required. Use of personal vehicle may be required