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 assistance as needed.
Hours: Full-time (Chester County location in Exton, PA)
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Provide service coordination for an assigned group of clients including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the individual treatment team (ITT); assume responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating, and revising overall treatment goals in collaboration with the client and team; provide individual and supportive therapy and symptom management.
- 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.
- Assist and support clients to carry out personal hygiene and grooming tasks.
- Provide nutrition education and assistance with meal planning, grocery shopping, and food preparation.
- 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.
- Provide side-by-side support and coaching to help clients socialize (e.g, going with a client to a basketball game).
- Plan, structure, and prompt social and leisure-time activities on evenings, weekends, and holidays.
- 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.
- Provide on-call crisis interventions and serve as back up after hours on rotating schedule.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a human services field and two years direct service experience with mental health.
- Understanding of principles of mental illness and ability to implement them, and behavioral best practice and crisis management planning.
- Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license with good driving record.
- A Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance and a FBI Criminal History Background Check.
Penn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer