The Case Manager /Life Skills Specialist will provide comprehensive client needs assessment and Individual service plan development services in conjunction with clients and with substance use and mental health staff, and will provide ongoing case management and client advocacy services that link clients to all needed services and programs. The Case Manager / Life Skills Specialist will work in collaboration with the Project Manager to continually develop and expand the project’s service referral network, and will conduct life skills, employment, career planning, and other workshops and programs in order to complement the substance use/mental health intervention.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Performs intakes, assessment of client needs and service coordination of immediate and long term needs.
2. Evaluates information necessary to determine eligibility for entitlement programs and available services.
3. Assist client in the development of Individual Service Plans utilizing SMART objectives.
4. Utilize modified street outreach strategies to reach clients including mobile van clinic outreach, MSM club outreach, targeted street venues, service delivery sites including homeless shelters and single resident occupancy hotels.
5. Maintains concise documentation and program notes in the client records according to departmental standards.
6. Works with partner agencies, hospitals and clinics, drug and mental health treatment centers, legal services and programs that serve the community to ensure continuity of services to people with substance abuse and/or mental issues.
7. Advocates on client’s behalf and refers cases to other community resources when appropriate.
8. Link clients to other social service agency as needed.
9. Attends team, weekly supervision, and other meetings as assigned.
10. Performs other duties as assigned by management.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of specialized services for people with substance abuse.
2. Strong group facilitation skills and crisis management.
3. Sensitivity to people with HIV/AIDS Disease
4. Knowledge of basic HIV/AIDS and STD information including understanding of relevant risk reduction techniques.
5. Skill in working with people of color, demonstrated sensitivity towards MSM’s and transgender populations, the homeless, the undocumented, and the dual diagnosed.
6. Knowledge and skill in working with substance using clients, i.e. assessment and intervention experience preferred.
7. Knowledge of general office practices and procedures.
8. Knowledge of written communications formats.
9. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Experience: Two years experience working with MSM populations. Verified case management and life skills work experience. Applicant must have knowledge and experience working with high-risk populations, substance abusers and those with HIV/AIDS and STDs.
CAL-PEP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We actively seek applications from people living with HIV/AIDS, people of color, women, lesbians and gay men. African American and/or Latino MSM are preferred.
Application Process Email resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org Attn. Program Manager