Mental Health Specialist III (Interim Housing)

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

Job Description

The Mental Health Specialist is responsible for providing direct clinical intervention to participants in LA Family Housing’s (LAFH) Interim Housing Site(s) for Individuals. The Mental Health Specialist will focus on two critical areas:

Provide general oversight of the mental health plans for the participants in Interim Housing. Duties include identifying participants needing mental health care through assessment, referral, and coordination of care with offsite partner agencies, reconnecting participants to mental health care for participants who fell out of services, and providing intervention during crisis situations, including recommendations on care option and facilitating emergency support services.

Develop and lead facilitation of psycho-social education and group classes for participants., including co-facilitating a weekly DMH meeting. Duties include developing course and group curriculum, creating and oversight of the class/group schedule, providing follow-up to participants based on reactions to class/group topics, monitoring class/group attendance, and adjusting the schedule or curriculum as needed.



  • Track participants in Interim Housing who are receiving mental health care
  • Coordinate with DMH to ensure that participants are meeting with their care providers and following Mental Health treatment plans
  • Address participants who have fallen out of treatment and work to re-engage as needed
  • Conduct mental health assessments on identified participants. Provide referrals to community mental health care, as needed, and provide onsite supportive counseling as needed to supplement outside care.
  • Perform crisis intervention and conflict management techniques. This includes participating in room meetings and behavioral contract meetings, as requested.
  • Provide guidance to Interim Housing staff, including direct collaboration with the Housing Navigation team, on participants who are struggling to secure permanent housing based on mental health needs.
  • Create relationships with community mental health service providers as well as onsite DMH representative. Refer participants for services as well as maintain a resource listing of mental health services for participant and staff use
  • Advocate on participants’ behalf with other organizations and/or government agencies when appropriate
  • Provide support with medication monitoring services, to help participants take medications correctly and promote adherence. As needed, help coordinate refills with providers and pharmacies.
  • Initiate calls to protective and emergency services as needed; complete follow-up documentation as required, including incident reports
  • Submit weekly program report documenting mental health assistance provided and participant updates through Clarity notes and case conferencing with supervisor
  • Coordinate services with other non-clinical Interim Housing staff including:
    • Co-facilitating meetings
    • Organizing participant mental health events
    • Providing guidance, direction, and clinical support on social service client issues
    • Providing training for social services staff (in coordination with Clinical Service Manager)
  • Create an offering of psycho-social classes and groups in Interim Housing for participants. Determine class/group offerings based on an assessment of participant needs. Create the curriculum, provide the class/group directly or through staff/intern support, monitor participant attendance and feedback, and revise classes/groups on an ongoing basis
  • Provide task supervision to MSW interns and utilize the interns in providing support to participants serving as a
  • Preceptor to MSW interns, as needed
  • 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 to
  • Mental Health appointments, as needed
  • Provide support to new intakes entering Interim Housing, to identify any urgent needs, coordinate referrals and reinforce Interim Housing policies during their time of transition.
  • Additional tasks, projects and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor


  • Master degree in social work or Marriage & Family Therapy from an accredited University required
  • Active registration with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and pursuing licensure within six months of start date required
  • Two (2) years of experience in social services preferred


Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Voluntary Life, 403B Retirement Plan, 529 Education Savings Plan, Long Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, AFLAC Policies, AFLAC FSAs, Legal Policy, 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

20% of travel is required. Use of personal vehicle is required