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Assistant Director for Young Adults and At-Risk Youth Mental Health

Company: Mental Health America of Los Angeles
Location: Long Beach
Posted on: March 14, 2023

Job Description:

Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) has been a pioneer in mental health services, advocacy, innovation, and training for nearly a century. As one of the most comprehensive social service agencies in LA County, MHALA provides integrated mental health, physical health, wellness, employment, housing, education and outreach services, with special programs for transition age youth and Veterans.

MHALA works to ensure that its employees are just as cared for as its members. Communication, collaboration, transparency and a healthy work/life balance are core components of the agency culture. Employees are encouraged to engage in self-care and can enjoy a 35-hour workweek.

MHALA fosters diversity at all levels of the organization. The agency promotes a team-oriented culture that offers opportunities for growth. We are proud to offer a competitive salary and full benefits package, including an employee assistance program, and generous paid time off.

Assistant Director

35 hours per week/$76,500 - $86,000 per year

(The actual compensation will be determined based on experience and other factors permitted by law.)

Supervision Responsibilities: Provide general oversight or work leader responsibilities for team members during program or service activities. Goal of entire team is to assist people with mental illness to live as independently as possible in their chosen community.

Summary: Under general supervision of the director of programs assist in providing leadership and coordination to a multi-disciplinary mobile health outreach team providing services to homeless individuals with serious mental illness, substance abuse disorders and chronic physical health conditions based on the psychosocial rehabilitation model of treatment and services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: This is not an exhaustive task list, and other duties may be assigned as deemed appropriate or necessary by the supervisor or program director. Reasonable accommodation will be provided to any qualified person with a medical or psychiatric disability, providing it will not change the essential nature of the position, nor cause undue hardship to the Agency's operations. MHALA is an equal employer opportunity and service provider. The Agency will consider candidates with a criminal history.

  • Assist Director to recruit, hire, supervise, train, direct, evaluate, reward, discipline and terminate assigned staff in accordance with organizational policy and applicable laws and regulations
  • Serves as back-up to co-sign on member's service plans, provide psychiatric evaluation and assessments for program participants and supervision of interns
  • Assist and support program documentation standards of staff in accordance with MHALA, County Contracted Provider, and funding source standards and requirements, and documents in required program, including 24 hour turnaround documentation
  • Responsible for oversight, analysis, and monitoring of the program's budget and billing goals that align with program funding streams and its target Fiscal Year goals as well as oversee and manage team budget and expenditures, making adequate and timely adjustments as needed
  • Provide license-dependent mental and/or physical health services to members as needed.
    • Assist in the coordination of outreach, enrollments, disenrollments and transfers of program members
    • Advocate for social justice and systems change at a macro level when opportunities are available
    • Participate as a manager in meetings with the Department of Mental Heal (DMH), community partners and team. Assume leadership or delegate leadership of the day-to-day operations of the team as needed.
    • Participate actively in site training efforts
    • Provide timely information and feedback to site director with regard to emergent staff, team or member issues and work with executive management to provide intervention to redirect staff and/or programs when objectives are not being met
    • Oversee psychotherapeutic and/or medical treatment programs of members, and perform other similar professional services and activities as needed within the scope of practice of the license or degree
    • Oversee a Coordination Plan and/or Personal Service Plan with each member that identifies his/her personal needs and goals
    • Oversee and advocate on behalf of the member to help him/her obtain and keep housing, health care benefits, entitlements, etc.
    • Advocate on behalf of the families of the members and provides them with information in regards to the general functioning of the program, limits of confidentiality, etc.
    • Read, perform researches, attend classes, workshops or seminars and participate in other professional development activities in order to maintain and enhance personal and professional skills
    • Provide and support supervision of INN 2 Strategy 3, 4 and CAN team members
    • Support INN 2 Strategy 3 and 4 TAY peers/students as well as CAN
    • Attend INN 2 community trainings Position requirements:
      • LCSW/LMFT or registered with intent to be licensed within 6 months of employment
      • Minimum 2 year experience providing psychosocial rehabilitative services to a disabled population plus experience in a supervisory/leadership role preferred
      • Demonstrated ability to provide supervision and leadership to diverse staff who possess a wide range skills, abilities and professional competencies.
      • Must have good basic English writing skills, good basic computer skills and be highly organized. Must have excellent communication skills.
      • LPS certified; or become certified within 6 months of employment
      • Must be able to have the ability to juggle multiple tasks without losing productivity.
      • Must function well in a team-oriented approach to member services.
      • Proficient in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
      • Must have experience and skills in program development, working with blended funding sources and experience with HUD and LACDMH contracts.
      • Must possess a high level of tolerance and understanding for a work atmosphere that is very busy and highly unstructured and for individuals who present for services with urgent multiple needs, issues and problematic behavioral characteristics.
      • Must know or very quickly become knowledgeable of the characteristics of individuals who are substance abusing and/or dually diagnosed, and have knowledge of local services available for dually diagnosed individuals.
      • Demonstrate knowledge of community resources.
      • Must have a valid CPR certificate.
      • Flexible work schedule to include some evenings or weekends, and on call cell phone services when necessary.
      • Driving with current class C driver's license, a vehicle for transportation, proof of valid automobile insurance, the ability to be insured by MHALA liability insurance are conditions of employment.
      • TB clearance and re-testing every year are conditions of continued employment
      • COVID-19 vaccination is required for this position. Accommodations will be considered with proof of a legal exemption.

Keywords: Mental Health America of Los Angeles, Long Beach , Assistant Director for Young Adults and At-Risk Youth Mental Health, Healthcare , Long Beach, California

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