Housing Stability Specialist

Job Number:  21-520-11482

Housing Stability Specialist Job Summary: Integral Care's Oak Springs Clinic, in partnership with Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA), Downtown Austin Community Court (DACC), and the Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST), will be leading a new team specializing in providing community-based integrated health services to individuals experiencing homelessness in the downtown Austin corridor. We know individuals experiencing homelessness benefit from services in their respective environments; outside of the walls of a traditional clinic setting. By partnering with established outreach and engagement teams who have vested relationships with individuals prior to referral, we are confident in our aim to improve health outcomes for this population. Prospective members of this team have the opportunity to be a part of the mission from the beginning and help fill a long-standing gap in service provision for our community: helping individuals experiencing homelessness sustain effective and meaningful connection to their treatment team to improved their health and well-being. 

If your vision of your next career move involves working closely with a group of socially-conscious, collaborative, and creative teammates committed to social justice and dedicated to partnering with some of our community's most vulnerable individuals, we look forward to hearing from you. 

Housing Specialists provide psychosocial rehabilitative skills training to individuals diagnosed with severe mental illnesses who may also have co-occurring substance use disorders and/or chronic health conditions utilizing a recovery based and trauma-informed perspective. Housing Specialists operate in a dynamic environment, develop extensive knowledge of community resources, collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and cultivate a clinical skill-set by forging therapeutic relationships with diverse community members. Interventions and services are typically provided in the community and require the use of a personal automobile and cell phone.

Housing Specialists work in partnership with racially and culturally diverse individuals to define and facilitate their desired life outcomes. Housing Specialists participate in diagnostic evaluations and provide assessment of strengths, preferences, functional impairments and symptoms of psychiatric and/or co-occurring disorder(s) at regular intervals to ensure optimal and personalized services. Frequent service coordination with external and internal providers is necessary to support individuals in achieving independent functioning.

Housing Specialists may provide all or some of the following: deliver therapeutic interventions fostering skills necessary to manage symptoms, obtain/maintain employment or housing, or to obtain services such as school, medical care, nutritional assistance, financial assistance, transportation, legal assistance, and resources fulfilling any basic need. Housing Specialists may also facilitate psychosocial rehabilitative skills training groups and/or utilize other evidenced-based interventions or therapeutic modalities.

Although staff members in this position are not typically LPHA's, staff members in this position are working under the supervision of a LPHA who provides ongoing evaluation and oversight of all assessments, diagnoses and treatment.

On-call responsibilities may be required dependent upon unit protocols. This position may have additional duties associated with providing bilingual communication services and requires the completion of a language competency test.

Regular, predictable attendance is considered to be an essential requirement for this position. Other duties may be assigned. May require a flexible work schedule.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • An employee in this position must possess knowledge of severe and persistent mental illnesses and commonly co-occurring disorders and case management/service coordination principles.
  • Effectively communicate their clinical impressions, assess the strengths and functional impairments of those they serve and collaborate with racially and culturally diverse individuals to achieve their goals.
  • Collaborate professionally with an interdisciplinary treatment team and be adaptable to a wide variety of service environments and rapidly evolving clinical circumstances.
  •  Possess a beginning knowledge of the principles of psychiatric crisis intervention and be prepared to interact with emergency medical and psychiatric service providers to ensure the safety of Integral Care staff and clients.
  • Possess computer skills necessary to document work performed and demonstrate the ability to work efficiently to complete all assessments and documentation in a timely manner.
  • QMHPs prioritize self-care and seek assistance to manage secondary traumatic stress and counter-transferential effects that may result from service provision with vulnerable populations.

Housing Stability Specialist Education: 

Required:

  • Graduated from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree with a major specialization in Human/Behavioral/Social Services or related field

Preferred:

  • Graduated from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree with a major specialization in Human/Behavioral/Social Services or related field 
  • Bilingual

Housing Stability Specialist License: 

Required:

  • Center certification (QHMP-CS) to perform psychosocial rehabilitative skills training and case management. 
  • Current and valid driver's license and a clean driving record. 

Hours: Full-time; Monday-Friday; 8:00am-5:00pm, flexibility to meet the needs of the clients. 

Salary:  Starting Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) salary is at $38,479-$40,739 based on education, but internal applicants are subject to Integral Care's QMHP career ladder.  

Why join us: Integral Care has proudly served Travis county residents for the past 50 years. As the largest provider of behavioral health services in Travis County, we are dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

By joining our team, you will find rewarding work every day alongside people who have as much compassion as you. Join us and together we can help improve the quality of life for the people we serve. Imagine your career at Integral Care!

Employee Benefits: 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance

  • Generous vacation/holiday/sick leave 

  • Life and Short-term/Long-term Disability Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • 403(b) retirement account

  • 401(a) employer contribution retirement account

  • Gold's gym membership discount

  • Mileage reimbursement

Integral Care strives to maintain a diverse workforce. We encourage all to apply, including those who have knowledge and/or experience working with underserved populations, including Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and LGBTQA communities.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, sex or age.

For specific positions, additional compensation may be available to those who are bilingual in both English and one of the following languages:  Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, or Burmese. (PM16)