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Master's Degree in psychology, counseling, social work, human services, or closely related field and two years of work experience, or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Licensure as a Psychologist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, or Social Worker or any closely related field is required within two years of employment. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Driver's License. Successful completion of a Level II criminal history background investigation and applicable credentialing through the Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is required prior to employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.
Pending BoCC approval accepting CABHI Grant.
Position Summary: This is responsible professional work coordinating and conducting outreach to homeless individuals on the street, around homeless centers, and other areas in the community.
An employee assigned to this classification conducts outreach activities to engage homeless individuals so an assessment of needs can occur along with referral to an assertive community treatment team.
Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports and observation of the results obtained.
Examples of Duties: Identifies areas of homeless people and initiates contact using engagement techniques to establish initial relationship with a homeless person to triage needs and establish communication.
Prepares individuals for referral to the Assertive Community Treatment Team by providing on-going counseling and support services.
Attends case staffing and planning meetings with other members of the Assertive Community Treatment Team to coordinate individual clinical services. Provides in person and telephonic counseling services to avert escalation of crisis situations.
Conducts clinical and other assessments of needs, including the VI-SPDAT to facilitate referral for needed services and housing assistance through the coordinated entry system.
Maintains case documentation of client contacts in accordance with established procedures, aggregate the information into useful form for data collection and evaluation purposes.
Attends and participates in meetings to offer experiences, ideas, and feedback on grant implementation, direct services provided, and coordinate with others on ending homelessness, i.e., related Continuum of Care Committees.
Identifies other individuals and organizations providing similar outreach services, develop working relationships, and coordinate outreach activities by sharing information, communicating plans, ideas, and strategies to engage the homeless.
Develops and maintains partnerships with other local organizations to coordinate County-wide efforts to conduct outreach activities and serve as a member of the treatment team.
Performs related work as required.
NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of the dynamics of working with homeless individuals including those with mental illness, substance abuse, and physical health disabilities.
Skill in the use of personal computers.
Ability to provide counseling and related services to individuals experiencing homelessness in order to engage them in further treatment and supportive services.
Ability to function in a team oriented setting as a member and leader.
Ability to work a variety of hours and days during the week including being on-call to respond to crisis situations.
Ability to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to make oral presentations before community organizations.
Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with assisting agencies, other County departments, employees and the general public.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach and to be mobile.
The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, and distance vision.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate