Housing Case Manager

The Mental Health Association of Westchester County, Inc. - Tarrytown, NY (30+ days ago)


The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is a community-based not-for-profit committed to recovery-focused mental health services through advocacy, community education and direct services. We are recognized as the leader in Westchester in providing person-centered services that involve collaborating with each individual to achieve his or her goals.

MHA offers a range of treatment and support services that are person-centered, recovery-oriented, and individualized to promote recovery and wellness. MHA reaches out to families and individuals by providing services in their homes, nursing homes, homeless shelters and other community sites. Our staff support recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, shared decision-making and collaboration. When possible we will utilize evidence-based practices; always embracing a trauma-informed and person-centered approach.

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Housing Case Manager in our Supported Housing program.

SUMMARY of DUTIES:
Our Supported Housing units offer the opportunity for clients to work with a housing specialist to develop skills such as managing personal finances, negotiating with their landlord and accessing community resources. The Housing Case Manager is responsible for providing housing related case management services to residents of the agency’s housing units. The Case Manager will support recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, shared decision making and collaboration. When possible he/she will utilize evidence-based practices; always embracing a trauma-informed and person-centered approach.

SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provide a housing related psychiatric rehabilitation assessment for each prospective tenant.
2. Provide assistance to the Program Director in tenant selection.
3. Develop a housing related rehabilitative support plan for each tenant.
4. Visit tenants both on a regularly scheduled basis and as needed.
5. Work with tenants both individually and in groups to help them live together.
6. Supervision, teaching through demonstration and training in the use of public transportation for purpose of skill acquisition.
7. Follow up with tenants regarding their treatment plans (including medication), rehabilitation programs, work, or education.
8. Develop organizational ties to resources, which may be needed by the tenants, including mental health services as well as generic resources.
9. Serve as liaison between the supported housing program and other service providers.
10. Provide crisis intervention in psychiatric and situational crises, which require professional intervention.
11. Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.
12. Provide treatment contacts in the community
13. Other related duties.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
1. Demonstrates the ability to act responsibly in stressful situations in order to undertake emotionally difficult aspects of working with adult populations.
2. Written and verbal communication skills sufficient to effectively provide direction and counseling to clients and maintain required documentation.
3. Must be capable of independently and professionally assessing the physical and emotional well-being of the client and ascertaining the adequacy of the physical environment and treatment/educational/vocational programs.
4. Knowledge of the common challenges associated with mental health conditions.
5. Ability to independently organize time and prioritize responsibilities in order to plan and carry out a demanding schedule.
6. Understanding the impact of culture on mental health practices.
7. Familiarity with and ability to use an Electronic Health Record system.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. The Housing Case Manager must have at least 1-year experience, be knowledgeable in the planning and provision of social supports, and the ability to provide crisis intervention.
2. A Bachelor’s Degree in a Human Services field is preferred.
3. Basic Computer knowledge is required.
4. Must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
5. The Housing Case Manager must have a valid Driver’s License and a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier.
6. The Housing Case Manager must maintain current New York State Defensive Driving certification.
7. The Housing Case Manager must be cleared by the NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
8. The Housing Case Manager must be cleared by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
9. The Housing Case Manager must be legally eligible to work in the United States.

We offer a professional yet relaxed working environment, providing room for personal growth as well as career advancement. Our benefit package is generous and flexible. And, we offer flexible work schedules, making MHA one of the most family-friendly places you could work! EOE

To apply, please send your cover letter and résumé by e-mail to employment@mhawestchester.org with Housing Case Manager as the subject line of the e-mail.