Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pico Union Family Preservation Network Position

Excellent opening with our interdisciplinary child welfare team. Clinical responsibilities include; provision of assessments for adults involved with DCFS and suspected of having substance abuse, domestic violence or mental health concerns impacting their capacity as parents/caretakers. Additional responsibilities may include the provision of individual/group or family counseling and case management. Bilingual (Eng/Span) with an MSW/MA in counseling is required. Must be registered or eligible for registration with the BBS. Highly competitive salary and supervision for licensure hours provided; willing to consider flexible work hours or contract services.

Fax or e-mail resume to: T. Benacerraf, (213)742-5404,


Saturday, January 24, 2009

San West Collaborative Position

Program Manager, San West Collaborative
MSW or MA (license-eligible)

The San West Collaborative (SWC) is a multi-agency project that provides permanent supportive housing to homeless people living with severe mental illness or co-occurring disorders in two apartment buildings. The goal of the SWC is to develop a financially sustainable and replicable service model that integrates housing with on-site primary care and behavioral health services as a vehicle for systems change to improve the well-being of people with special needs. SWC is a project of A Community Friends (ACOF), Lamp Community, Special Services for Groups and T.H.E. Clinic, Inc.

Position Summary: This position is an exciting opportunity to lead a diverse multidisciplinary team and manage day-to-day clinical and program operations of a model project that offers persons living with a severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders immediate housing combined with integrated health and social services including primary health care, psychiatric services, mental health counseling, drug/alcohol recovery, medication management, wellness and recreational activities, budgeting assistance and job training/placement.

Supervise staff using a collaborative team approach. Maintain oversight to ensure that each tenant’s self-identified goals for recovery; rehabilitation and community integration are supported by appropriate treatment, services and best practices. Help train interdisciplinary staff and in assist with staff hiring, development and evaluation. Monitor and evaluate performance and effectiveness of housing and services. Ensure timely data collection and information management including assessment forms, progress notes, treatment plans, and other data collection systems for outcome reporting and billing (HMIS, Caminar, Medi-Cal). Ensure compliance with program and contract benchmarks and outcomes. Prepare reports internally and for funders. Provide community education. Develop partnerships to leverage additional resources for tenants. Assist with program development and participate in project’s intra-agency management team. Assure fidelity to SWC model which emphasizes housing first, wraparound treatment and support services and customer choice to help men and women living with severe disabilities succeed in housing and progress toward recovery and wellness. South Los Angeles location. Competitive salary/excellent benefits.

Qualifications: MSW or MA (license eligible) required. Min. 3 years program management and supervisory experience. Demonstrated success managing programs for low-income persons with severe mental illness and addiction disorders in community based setting or in permanent supportive housing. Strong leadership, team building, clinical and program management skills. Demonstrated knowledge and experience of DMH/Medi-Cal billing. Bi-Lingual English/Spanish preferred. Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and database applications. Clear and effective written and verbal communications.

Attributes: Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies. Commitment to project’s mission and values. Creative, flexible and highly motivated. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community regarding complex organizational and social issues.

To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter and salary history to:
Lamp Community
Human Resources
510 E. 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Email:; Fax: (213) 327-0557

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Public Counsel Position

Public Counsel Law Center is proud to announce an opening in the Transitioning Foster Youth Early Intervention Program of the Children’s Rights Project for a full-time foster youth advocate.

Who We Are

Public Counsel Law Center is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the world. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community, including abused and abandoned children, homeless families and veterans, senior citizens, victims of consumer fraud and nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities. Our staff of thirty-three attorneys along with thousands of volunteer lawyers, law students and legal professionals assist over 26,000 low income children, youth, adults, and families, as well as eligible community organizations each year. The value of free legal services provided during 2007 is conservatively estimated at over $72 million.


Foster Youth Advocate, Children’s Rights Project

Project Description

The Transitioning Foster Youth Early Intervention Program strives to ensure that foster youth in grades 9-12 receive the Transitional Independent Living Plans (“TILP”) and Individualized Transition Plans (“ITP”) to which they are entitled by law in order to complete high school, plan for college and achieve long-term success.

Job Description

The Foster Youth Advocate works under one Supervising Staff Attorney and has the following general responsibilities:

  • Advocate for individualized and effective transition plans with and for foster youth and monitor the progress of the foster youth and track the services being provided;
  • Identify systemic barriers to TILP and ITP development and implementation and devise strategies to remove those barriers;
  • Prevent a select number of chronically truant youth from dropping out of school and promote transition to the next grade level;
  • Help a select number of students be placed back in the college required A-G curriculum;
  • Help a select number of students access all of the services and supports needed to apply to two and four year colleges on time, be accepted, and have the financial support to stay in college;
  • Provide foster youth and their caretakers with “Know Your Rights” trainings on TILPs and ITPs;
  • Provide court, agency and school personnel with trainings on developing and implementing effective TILPs and ITPs for foster youth;
  • Develop and disseminate training materials that reflect the specific needs and barriers facing foster youth ages 14-18;
  • Meet regularly with Children’s Law Center (“CLC”) attorneys about the status of cases;

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Skills Required/Preferred:

  • A Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) (strongly preferred);
  • Proficiency in the Spanish language;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and phone skills;
  • Public speaking experience is highly desired;
  • An interest and/or experience in juvenile court proceedings, including the dependency and delinquency systems, is also preferred;
  • Knowledge of the special education and transition planning processes and our experience with advocacy in these areas.

Salary: DOE

Availability: Immediately

Application Deadline: Continuous until the position is filled.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter and list of references by email to:

Laura Faer, Esq.

Directing Attorney

Children’s Rights Project

Tel: (213) 385- 2977 ext. 113

Fax: (213) 385- 9089

Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Communit of Friends Position

Project Director

Organization: A Community of Friends

Post Date:Jan 09, 2009Type:Full Time
Start Date:ImmediatelySalary:$60 - $70K Annually
Location: Los Angeles, California - United States Job Reference:
Bachelors required
Masters preferred

Specific Education, Certification and Skill Requirements (if applicable):

•Bachelor’s degree required with a Masters in Public Health, Public Administration, Public Policy or related field preferred.
•Minimum 5 years proven success in program management, advocacy or policy related communications, ideally at a nonprofit organization or government agency.
•Understanding of public health aspects of poverty and homelessness, including mental health issues.
•Demonstrated project management success including, planning, organizing and responding to dynamic priorities

A Community of Friends is seeking an experienced professional to serve as Project Director of an innovative, multi-agency collaborative project that provides permanent supportive housing to homeless people living with mental illness or co-occurring disorders in two apartment buildings in South Los Angeles. The Project Director will lead and implement a service model that integrates housing with on-site primary care and behavioral health services as a vehicle for systems change. The position requires initiative and a demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams.

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to A Community of Friends, Attn: Kinette Cager, Director of Administration. Email: • Fax: 213.368-0123 • Mail: 3345 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1000, LA, CA 90010. A Community of Friends is An Equal Affirmative Action/Employment Opportunity Employer

Friday, January 9, 2009

Forum: Aging out of Foster Care




This conference is by invitation only and there is no registration fee.

For more information or to register, please visit:

Saturday, February 7, 2009

8 a.m. to noon

UCLA Campus, Covel Commons

UCLA School of Public Affairs

On October 7, 2008, President Bush signed the “Fostering Connections to Success” Act, H.R. 6893 (now P.L. 110-351), into law. This Act provides, for the first time, federal money that will enable states to extend support for young people in foster care to the age of 21. Similar legislation to implement this act in California is being considered by California legislators.

The UCLA School of Public Affairs will present a forum featuring social welfare scholars and leading experts who will educate participants about the new federal legislation; increase awareness of the issues confronting emancipating and emancipated youth and encourage, stimulate, and inspire the development and implementation of realistic innovations in service delivery.

Featured speakers include:

The Honorable Michael Nash, Presiding Judge, Los Angeles Juvenile Court

Patricia Ploehn, Director, Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County

Rhelda Randle Shabazz, Division Chief of Youth Emancipation Services, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services

Laura Streimer, Legal Director, The Alliance for Children’s Rights

Miriam Aroni Krinsky, Lecturer, Department of Social Welfare

CA Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care

Bridget Freisthler, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Welfare

Joy Crumpton, Project Director, California Social Work Education

Alfreda Iglehart, Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Social Welfare

Enku Gelaye, Executive Officer, UCLA Office of Student Affairs

Foster Care Youth, panel of current and former foster care youth to be determined

Seating is limited, registration by January 28 is required. For more information, please contact or 310-206-8034. Parking available in Sunset Village parking structure for $9.00 per car.