As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.Harborview Medical Center's Mental Health and Addictions Services has an outstanding opportunity for a 100% Full-Time Mental Health Practitioner/ Housing Case Manager to assist adults with individualized housing services by developing and maintaining permanent, community based housing for clients of the outpatient mental health clinic. A Housing Specialist/Mental Health Practitioner will be expected to be able to work with a wide variety of clients and be sensitive to the culture, religion, language, age, gender and sexual orientation of those we serve.PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIESAssist clients of outpatient mental health services with individualized apartment searches, rental applications, subsidy paperwork, accessing community housing resources, etc. Work with potential/existing landlords, apartment managers and community housing assistance programs to develop/maintain new existing housing relationshipsWork with the Seattle Housing Authority, Shelter Plus Care Administration, Set-Aside Programs, Section 8 Program and othersFacilitate and co-facilitate housing support groupsProvide individual support services to clientsProvide consultation and training to clients and clinical staff regarding housing subsidies and various forms of housing assistanceAttend interdisciplinary team meetings as well as community meetings to discuss and promote housing servicesHOUSING CASE MANAGEMENTMaintain a caseload, size to be determined by team and client needsMaintain Waiting List for available subsidized housingProvide Division of Vocational Rehabilitation funded Independent Living ServicesWork closely with the Employment team and Case Managers to ensure integration of servicesAssist Clients with apartment searchesAssist Clients with rental applicationsProvide application and advocacy services for subsidy programs (e.g. move applications, income change reports, household composition changes)Schedule and assist with movesAssist clients in identifying community housing resourcesWork with potential landlords, apartment managers and community housing assistance programsWork with clients' families and social networksWork with the Seattle Housing Authority, Shelter Plus Care Administration, Set-Aside Programs, Section 8 Program and othersAssess housing barriers and determine interventionsMonitor needs for basic living skills as it pertains to maintaining housing particularly for those on Shelter Plus CareCoordinate the Activity of Daily Living training for those who need it to maintain independent livingAttend treatment team meetingsConsult with case managers and medical staff regarding effects of Housing activities and treatmentAGENCY LIAISONShelter Plus CareSection 8Set-Aside Programs (Plymouth Housing Group, Pioneer Human Services, Plymouth Healing Communities, Seattle Housing Resource Group, Seattle Housing Authority, and others)REPRESENT HMHAS AT COMMUNITY MEETINGSBoard meetings: Admiral Board and Argonaut BoardShelter Plus Care monthly meetingKing County Housing Network monthly meetingPioneer Housing Group/HMHAS set-aside meetingPioneer Housing Group's semi-annual set aside meetingGROUPLead or co-lead housing groups/meetings to develop therapeutic communities (e.g. Argonaut, Admiral, Hudson, Berkey and Pacific)Develop groups relevant to the housing needs of clientsMaintain and encourage meeting attendance by clients and CM as neededTEAM MEMBERMonitor the activities on the housing aide and social work assistantAttend relevant meetingsBecome knowledgeable about team clientsProvide coverage for other team membersRepresent the needs and concerns of the team at relevant meetingsMeet productivity standards as developed by teamAssist other teams and programs as neededDOCUMENTATIONComplete the following Housing Reports and Processes: Shelter Plus Care Annual Report and Shelter Plus Care Quarterly ReportAnnual Recertification for: Shelter Plus Care Subsidies, Admiral Subsidies, Argonaut SubsidiesShelter Plus Care exit and terminationsMaintain clinical and billing recordsSubmit daily billing logs to Data SystemsChart client contact in the medical recordDevelop referral information for various Housing SubsidiesUpdate Financial Counselor of changes in patients' financial and housing statusCollect data for evaluation and researchTEACHINGBe responsible for informing staff and management about relevant changes in housing, trends, rules and regulationsAssist in training residents, nursing and social work studentsAssist in orientation of new staffExplain procedures to new staff, students and residentsAllow new staff and trainees to observe treatment proceduresTRAININGMaintain State of Washington License: Registered Counselor, Certified Mental Health Counselor, and or Certified Social Worker.Obtain training and education relevant to the needs of under-served populations particularly as it pertains to housingObtain continuing education to stay current with trends in mental health, regulations and other pertinent information particularly as it pertains to housingCOMMUNICATIONBe accessible to team membersInform front desk of schedule and availabilityRespond to email and voice mail dailyShare areas of expertise with program via consultations, team and staff meetings, and presentationsMISCELLANEOUSAttend staff meetingsAttend weekly team meetingsAttend supervisory meetingsServe on committees as assigned or volunteered forPerform other duties as assignedThis position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.