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Mental Health Specialist - WLA Outreach (JR 2137)

Los Angeles, California · Volunteering/Non-Profit
JR 2137
Mental Health Specialist – WLA Outreach
Saturday – Wednesday Schedule
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Salary: Starting at $26.93/hr DOE
Full Time
PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) is seeking master level social workers (MSW or MFT) to join our Outreach Program serving LA County’s Council District 5 and the WLA Region as a Mental Health Specialist. This position is based out of our location in WLA and works primarily in the field throughout the service are to provide mental health services to program participants wherever they reside. 
In addition to a rewarding work environment, we offer our employees a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, vacation and sick time, paid holidays, and a retirement plan.
Since its foundation in 1984, PATH has pioneered bold and effective approaches to assist people experiencing homelessness. PATH operates services throughout California, connecting our clients to a comprehensive continuum of homelessness prevention, street outreach, employment preparation and placement assistance, individualized case management, supportive services, interim housing, and permanent supportive housing. 
Our Street Outreach programs work to engage individuals who are currently homeless and living on the streets in an effort to provide and link them with services that will ultimately lead them to stabilize in housing long-term.
Mental Health Specialists participate in daily street outreach as part of a multidisciplinary street-based engagement team. In addition to directly providing mental health services to clients in the field, Mental Health Specialists utilize their expertise and experience to provide guidance and consultation related to direct client care. Responsibilities of the Mental Health Specialist include:
  • Developing relationships and rapport with clients to assist them in find a way home
  • Providing field-based mental health interventions and conducting assessments
  • Providing any additional case management support necessary to support the client stabilizing in housing such as assisting with gathering documentation, increasing income, health and mental health care coordination, employment assistance, and housing referrals and application assistance
  • Collaborating with community providers and local government agencies to ensure seamless referral services to housing and care
  • Maintaining complete and accurate documentation of services in compliance with PATH Policies
We’re looking for candidates that:
  • Have active licensure or registration with the CBB (ACSW or LSCW credential)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and experience with advanced and evidence-based interventions such as Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Critical Time Intervention, and Housing First practices
  • Display engagement and rapport building skills with hard to reach clients
  • Have experience assisting people applying for SSI and SSDI
  • Maintain and execute confidential information according to HIPAA standards
  • Possess a high level of tolerance and understanding for individuals with urgent and multiple case management and health needs
  • Work just as well independently as they do on a team
  • Exercise mature judgement, and are highly motivated, self-starting and proactive
  • Are excellent at communicating, whether in writing or verbally
  • Have a strong sense of prioritization and can coordinate multiple demands in a high-pressure environment
For this role the Mental Health Specialist must:
  • Hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) or Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from an accredited university
  • Be able and willing to work flexible hours which may include evenings or weekends
  • Have employment eligibility verification
  • Have or be able and willing to obtain CPR/First Aid training
  • Provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination
  • Have reliable transportation and:
    • A valid driver’s license
    • Proof of insurance and ownership for personal vehicles used during work duties
    • The ability to qualify for PATH insurance coverage
  • Successfully complete the following as a condition of hire:
    • Tuberculosis Test
    • Background Screening
    • Drug Test
Effective 11/01/2021 PATH will require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. All prospective hires will be expected to provide proof of vaccination as part of the pre-employment credentialing process. 

If this sounds like you, please visit our PATH Careers Site at and search for JR# 2137 to submit your application. A resume is required.
PATH provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PATH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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