Thursday, January 6, 2011

St. Joseph Center-Manager of Venice Chronic Homeless Intervention Projects

Manager of Venice Chronic Homeless Intervention Projects
Homeless Service Center
Full Time: Exempt

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Hilton Foundation has awarded St. Joseph Center a grant to provide expanded intensive case management services to individuals involved in the Venice Service Registry in combination with funding through the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health. The purpose of the Venice Chronic Homeless Assertive Case Management Team is to move chronically homeless individuals living on the streets in the Venice community into permanent, supportive housing.

Under the supervision of the Director of Mental Health & Intervention Services the Manager of Venice Chronic Homeless Intervention Projects will lead a team of 6 FTE’s to conduct assertive outreach to chronically homeless individuals. Assertive case-management will ensure linkage to mental health and substance abuse treatment, other supportive services, emergency and permanent housing. Once housed, this team will be responsible for providing ongoing services to assist clients to retain housing and be good tenants and neighbors. The total case load for this team will be 70 individuals. Each member, including this position will be assigned a caseload of 10-15 clients dependant on other responsibilities.

1. Work with individuals assigned through the service registry process.
2. Conduct initial mental health/substance abuse screenings.
3. Work closely with the Addiction Medicine Consultant, the on-site psychiatrist (Edelman Mental Health Center) and medical personnel assigned from Venice Family Clinic to assure coordinated services to project clients.
4. When indicated, provide a complete Adult Initial Assessment required for individuals’ enrollment in Department of Mental Health services. Compile and complete all other required documentation required for enrollment.
5. Coordinate schedule of community based psychiatric services for Edelman MHC psychiatrist.
6. In conjunction with the Department of Mental Health representative, develop and implement a service/treatment plan that emphasizes coordinated strategies for addressing short and long-term housing needs, mental health/substance abuse issues, relapse prevention, medication management and any other risk factors that could impede permanent housing. Provide crisis management, case management, and other related substance abuse/mental health services to clients on the streets, in service venues, in housing placements, or other locations as appropriate.
7. Provide ongoing assessments of client progress in obtaining their individual goals.
8. Work closely with other team member to assure that the philosophy of harm reduction underlies all client interactions and service plans.
9. Assist clients in the application/reinstatement of all public benefits for which they are eligible, and complete the SSA 1002 form necessary for the establishment of Social Security benefits.
10. Assist clients to establish eligibility for housing subsidies, locate appropriate housing and successfully lease a unit. Support clients in the development of independent living skills including money management and budgeting, housekeeping, nutrition and food preparation and social/recreational activities and job training/placement (when appropriate) that will help them maintain independent living.

11. Provide ongoing clinical supervision hours for MSW/MFT BBS interns working on this project.
12. Oversee the deployment and operation of the team on a day to day basis including clinical and administrative supervision of team members. Provide comprehensive, intervention focused supervision to other team members. Provide on-going training and implement strategies to support team cohesiveness.
13. As requested, communicate details of team daily activities to the Director of Mental Health & Intervention Services.
14. Oversee all file management and documentation, oversee data management in Service Point (agency data management system), prepare reports as directed.
15. Provide oversight of client progress, track client outcomes and prepare all written reports.
16. Participate in meetings with collaborative agencies and in other community meetings as needed.


LCSW with two years’ post licensure experience required. The successful candidate will possess knowledge of the DSM-IVR and have experience working with persons with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Knowledge of mainstream benefits programs, case management principles and intervention techniques appropriate for hard-to-reach, difficult to serve populations are essential. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of harm reduction principles. A bilingual/bicultural background is a plus

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