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Mental Health Specialist - DHS ICMS Outreach (JR 1940)

Los Angeles, California · Volunteering/Non-Profit
JR 1940
Mental Health Specialist
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Salary: $24.04/hr - $28.85/hr DOE
Full Time

PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) is seeking master’s level social service professionals to join our DHS ICMS Street Services Program serving the LA Metro as a Mental Health Specialist. This position works throughout LA County in the Metro Transit System providing outreach and immediate supportive and mental health services to individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. This position is for the day shift with the hours of 7:00 am – 3:30 pm five days a week.

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. 

Operating throughout LA’s Metro Transit system, the DHS ICMS Outreach Program provides immediate case management support and intervention services to our community members experiencing homelessness. The program is facilitated by a 100% field-based, multidisciplinary team who implement a “whatever it takes” approach to ensure the individuals served gain immediate access to needed services and supports and connected to long-term services. 

As part of the DHS ICMS outreach team, the Mental Health Specialist utilizes their expertise in mental health to provide field-based and immediate case management, mental health, and supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness. Responsibilities of the Mental Health Specialist include:
  • Conducting daily street outreach to engage and build rapport with clients experiencing homelessness
  • Conducting and advising on crisis and mental health assessments and interventions in the field
  • Coordinating with community mental health and substance use treatment providers to link clients to urgent and long-term services
  • Liaising with law enforcement and local hospitals around involuntary hospitalizations and safety issues
  • Providing transportation and accompanying clients and their children when necessary to access to medical care, obtain shelter, and attend appointments to provide support, advocacy, and assistance
  • Responding to requests for outreach services
  • Providing street case management services designed to connect clients to long-term supportive services including:
    • Assisting with documentation gathering, such as obtaining identification documents and documentation necessary to obtain housing
    • Employment assistance
    • Housing referrals, navigation, and application assistance
    • Assisting with applications for financial and medical benefits
  • Working with law enforcement and interim service providers to ensure a smooth transition from street living to interim housing for clients

We’re looking for candidates that:
  • Demonstrate the adaptability and flexibility to be excel in a fast-paced and dynamic environment 100% in the field
  • Demonstrate strong skills in engagement and rapport building with hard-to-reach clients
  • Are comfortable working with and building successful collaborative relationships within the community including with law enforcement, service providers, members of the community, and other stakeholders
  • 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
  • Project a professional demeanor and exercise mature and professional judgment
  • Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills and ability to resolve and cope with immediate crisis situations.

For this role the Mental Health Specialist must:
  • Hold a Master’s Degree eligible for licensure through the CA BBS (e.g. MSW, MFT)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and experience with advanced and evidence based interventions including, but not limited to:
    • Harm Reduction
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Critical Time Intervention
    • Housing First
  • Have experience assisting with SSI and SSDI applications (SOAR or BEST certification strongly preferred)
  • Be able and willing to work the 7:00 am – 3:30 pm shift five days a week
  • Be able and willing to travel throughout LA County's Metro Transit System on a daily basis
  • 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 full 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# 1940 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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