Housing Specialist-Center of Excellence
The Opioid Center of Excellence (COE) is a community-based care management team. The team coordinates the care for the opioid population between systems creating a patient centered health home. The team creates warm hand offs between systems, coordinates transitions in care, assists with re-establishing life domains, incorporates medication assisted treatment, coordinates with primary care physicians, and creates rapid access to treatment.
The Housing Specialist provides supportive services including outreach, monitoring, assessment and service planning, support network building, consultation to families, side-by-side skill training and instruction in the use of community resources, including referrals to community and behavioral health assistance as needed.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Provide service coordination for an assigned group of clients.
- Coordinate with BCDAC for all necessary information regarding housing grant requirements, including completing WITS/GPRA assessments as needed for every client.
- Assist clients to find and maintain a safe and affordable place to live – apartment hunting, finding a roommate, landlord negotiation, cleaning, furnishing and decorating, and procuring necessities.
- Ensure clients have adequate financial support (e.g., gain employment or apply for entitlements).
- Teach money management skills and assist clients in accessing financial services.
- Assist clients with accessing reliable transportation.
- Participate in client-centered comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history, mental status, physical health, use of drugs or alcohol, education and employment, social development and functioning, activities of daily living, and family structure and relationships.
- Complete referrals and follow-up to all behavioral supports identified through assessment process (i.e. a person is COD complete referral to recovery coaching, a person requires intensive support with vocational rehab.; complete referral to Reach and ensure connection). If a person served is non-COD, work with COE team to address needs (i.e. CRS may be identified to work with individual wanting to go back to school).
- Provide on-call crisis interventions on rotating schedule, flexibility with working some evenings as necessary.
- Minimum Bachelor’s Degree.
- Prior behavioral health experience preferred.
- Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s license required.
- A Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and a FBI Criminal History Background Check.
Penn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer