Pathways to Housing DC (Pathways DC) is an innovative and nationally recognized nonprofit organization committed to ending homelessness for individuals with serious mental illnesses, co-occurring substance abuse disorders and/or other medical challenges in our Nation's capital. Pathways is one of the originators of the “Housing First” model, in which housing are offered to those in need without pre conditions.
The Hope Has a Home program is a new partnership between Volunteers of America, AmeriHealth Caritas DC (ACDC), and Pathways DC. This program provides short-term residential/respite care that allows ACDC members, including those experiencing homelessness, to rest and recover in a safe environment while accessing medical care and other support services.
The Medical Respite Social Worker is responsible for working with program participants of the Hope Gets a Home program to improve outcomes and thereby assist program participants to move on to more stable housing. The Social Worker develops custom plans as needed to address barriers to housing while upholding the ideals of empowerment.
· Coordinate and/or conduct orientation/intake meetings with new guests.
· Obtain and prepare required client information for data entry into district-wide Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database.
· Provide crisis intervention as needed.
· Conduct assessment of program participant’s current level of self-sufficiency.
· Conduct VI-SPDAT and full SPDAT assessments and provide housing navigation assistance for those who are high scoring or matched with housing providers.
· Assist program participant with developing a service plan, to include goals and objectives, based on needs identified in assessment, while facilitating choices, autonomy, and self-determination.
· Meet with program participants as prescribed by service plan.
· Coordinate service provision among different providers as needed including connecting program participants to behavioral health and substance use services.
· Assist individuals in applying for mainstream benefits including food stamps, and Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability.
· Thoroughly and accurately, document all meetings in the electronic medical record.
· Complete monthly statistics on case management services.
· Provide supportive counseling.
· Attend Coordinated Entry meetings to advocate on behalf of program participants.
· Make follow up contacts to determine program participants status in housing placements, treatment, or other facilities.
· Advocate for participants to improve their access to specialized counseling, employment, medical and mental health services, transportation and any other needed services.
· Maintain current knowledge of community resources and service providers.
· Provide crisis-intervention as needed.
· Assist with coordination of transportation to medical appointments etc.
· Perform related work as assigned.
Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited university required.
· Currently licensed in the District of Columbia as an LICSW required.
· Minimum 3 years of experience in case management or counseling of people with psychiatric disabilities, histories of substance abuse and/or trauma, and individuals experiencing homelessness.
· Demonstrated knowledge of housing, DC coordinated entry, mental health, and substance use disorders.
· Experience working in a healthcare or medical facility preferred
· Patient, creative, flexible, compassionate, and passion for working with persons with complex needs.
· Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and computer skills.
· Bilingual English/Spanish a plus.
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About Pathways to Housing DC
Pathways to Housing DC is leading the "housing first" movement by providing immediate access to independent apartments and supportive services to persons with mental health disorders, addictions and other life stressors. We believe housing is a basic human right and an integral part of both physical and mental well-being. Our goal is not only addressing the primary need of housing but to inspire hope and facilitate recovery of the people we serve. We provide each person with intensive support services to help them stay housed and begin their journey to recovery.