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Position Title

    Mental Health Resource Specialist


    The Mental Health Resource Specialist provides support to address mental health
    needs for young people experiencing homelessness in North and East King
    County. The position partners Friends of Youth Street Outreach team to assist
    young people in making connections with appropriate services to address their
    individual challenges. The Mental Health Resource Specialist maintains
    partnership with local providers to ensure that young people receive access to
    mental health services.


    A. Behavioral Health Support Services
        1. Provide street-based crisis intervention as needed and support young people
        interested mental health care
        2. Offer culturally tailored referrals to mental health resources. These services
        can be provided in the office, the community, by phone, or at a location of the
        young person’s preference
        3. Provide case consultation to Redmond Youth Service Center staff members
        and case coordination as needed
        4. Meet with young people accessing Drop-in services to offer resources in
        conjunction with participant needs
        5. Be present during Drop-in to maintain connection with young people interested
        in access to mental health resources
        6. Regularly engage in community outreach with the street outreach team to
        inform young people in encampments, libraries, local community centers, parks,    
        etc. about what services are available related to mental health support
        7. Utilize a strength-based model of engagement to connect with potential
        8. Build positive rapport with young people in order to offer the most effective
        referrals for services.
        9. Make referral connections for youth in North and East King County

    B. Community Outreach
        1. Develop partnerships with local service providers to ensure access to mental
        health resources for participants
        2. Offer trainings and presentations in the community regarding services offered at
        Friends of Youth
        3. Respond to crisis calls during the day time hours that may come through the
        Street Outreach phone line

    C. Documentation and Evaluation
        1. Complete meaningful engagements, referral documents and other necessary
        reporting related tools for each participant
        2. Ensure completion and adherence to program procedure as mandated by
        Friends of Youth (such as Incident Reports, connection to referrals etc.) in a
        timely manner
        3. Meet with supervisor on a regular basis and attend required meetings,
        consultations and trainings
        4. Complete reporting required by HealthCare for the Homeless

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Masters in Social Work or other related field with experience in behavioral
        health preferred
        2. Two - three years’ experience working with youth/young adults
        3. Experience working with young people struggling with a substance use
        and/or mental health disorder and an understanding of treatment interventions
        and resources
        4. Experience in leading groups, trainings, and workshops
        5. Experience creating and /or delivering life skills training and curricula
        6. Must have a valid Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one
        by date of employment
        7. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles
        on Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by
        Friends of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s) on
        Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies with
        the requirements of Friends of Youth.
        8. Must have a Red Cross First Aid Card, CPR, HIV/AIDs training, or be able to
        obtain one within thirty days of employment.
        9. Must successfully pass criminal history check (WAC 388-148-0035).

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. An ability to engage with diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.
        2. Demonstrate a commitment to the values of equity and inclusion by honoring
        and celebrating diverse characteristics and expressions of personal identity.
        3. Knowledge of psychoeducation topics relevant to the youth population
        4. Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
        5. Knowledge of coping skills, crisis intervention, and supportive strategies for
        individuals experiencing homelessness
        6. Knowledge of adolescent development
        7. Knowledge of mental health resources in North and East King County
        8. Ability to be flexible and responsive to the needs of program participants
        9. Must demonstrate responsiveness to cultural differences
        10. Knowledge of Strength Based Practice, Harm Reduction Model, Housing
        First Model and Trauma Informed Care
        11. Demonstrate control in stressful situations
        12. Know personal stressors and areas of growth
        13. Knowledge of relevant COA standards, or willingness to become familiar
        with them, and participation in a Performance and Quality Improvement process.
        14. Outstanding communication skills.


    Full Time


    $22.41 / hour

Reports to

   Senior Program Manager of Shelter, Outreach, and Support Services



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Send cover letter and resume to Jess Wood at jessicaw@friendsofyouth.org

Job Posting Date

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