BTHERE Mental Health Outreach Worker

  • 10 Nov 2021 4:05 PM
    Message # 12117410

    JOB TITLE                 BTHERE Mental Health Outreach Worker
    REPORTS TO           Street Outreach Manager

    SUPERVISES           N/A

    FSLA STATUS          Full Time, Non-Exempt, Temporary

    LOCATION                Boulder, CO

    ABOUT TGTHR At TGTHR (formerly Attention Homes), we are building a movement that galvanizes communities, empowers young people, and puts an end to youth homelessness. We won’t stop until every young person is valued, empowered and safe. TGTHR is committed to building a culture of equity, inclusivity, and non-violence for all individuals. For more information, visit TGTHR.org.

    The following values guide all of our efforts:

         We believe growth is rooted in relationships.

         We believe in wildly celebrating resilience.

         We believe there is strength in diversity.

         We believe in promoting youth voices.

         We believe that housing is a fundamental right.

    SUMMARY OF POSITION Boulder Targeted Homeless Engagement & Referral Effort, (BTHERE) is a partnership between TGTHR and City of Boulder. The BTHERE Mental Health Outreach Worker represents TGTHR in the community through street outreach and community engagement as a part of a three-person team, including a peer advocate with lived experience and a street outreach coordinator. The goal of this outreach program is to connect people experiencing homelessness with basic needs, and health supplies, coordinated entry, housing navigation and information about the resources in the community. The mental health outreach worker is a 35 hour per week position. This is a Cares Act grant funded position in response to COVID-19. The position is currently temporary until the end of December, 2022 with the hope to make it long term and sustainable.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

    Street Outreach: 4 hrs/day, Mon-Fri in predetermined locations throughout the City of Boulder in all weather conditions.

         Engage and build relationships with persons experiencing homelessness for future connection to housing or services.

         Create and maintain a safe, trauma-informed environment on the street.

         Provide crisis counseling and mental health support while on street outreach.

         Help support service linkage to community mental health support as needed.

         Maintain appropriate professional boundaries.

         Maintain consistent implementation of program expectations.

         Educate persons on all applicable public health order compliance measures. This may include distribution of masks or conducting basic health screenings (including taking temperatures). If a person is deemed to be symptomatic of COVID-19, the engagement team will contact the COVID-19 Recovery Center (CRC) for transport of the individual to the CRC for respite care and testing. On occasion, the team may be accompanied by Boulder County Public Health staff members for Hepatitis A or other health interventions.

         Connect persons experiencing homelessness to Coordinated Entry and other resources such as mental health services, food pantries, clinics, etc.

         Encourage compliance with public health orders and conduct screening and referral to respite centers, where necessary and appropriate.

            Responsible for fidelity of services on street outreach in accordance with outreach program and identify best practices, including adapting the program to fit the needs of the community, youth and adults.

            Maintain street outreach inventory.

            Create and provide street-based case management.

            Collect street outreach data to support outcome measures and data for grant reports and program development, in collaboration with Street Outreach Manager and BTHERE team.

            Liaise with community partners in the City of Boulder and Boulder County to collaborate on service delivery.

            Work closely with outreach team members and provide timely feedback.

    PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

    Required:

         Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field or equivalent experience.

         Previous experience working in behavioral and/or mental health.

         A minimum of 2 years of experience working with vulnerable populations.

         Be accepting of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices.

         Strong verbal and written communication skills with an ability to create meaningful and positive relationships in a short period of time.

         Exhibit a high degree of professionalism.

         Self-motivated, self-directed, and manage time effectively.

         Comfortable working with Microsoft applications and GSuite.

         Valid driver’s license, an ability to obtain a CO license, and reliable transportation

         Must be able to work outside in varying weather. This position requires travel to and from outreach locations either in their own reliable mode of transportation or driving a shared outreach vehicle, mid-size SUV/van, with other team members and outreach supplies.

         Must be comfortable in a mobile, dynamic, ever-changing environment interacting with individuals experiencing homelessness.

         Able to lift 25-30 lbs.

         Model and perform crisis intervention and de-escalation tools as needed.

         TGTHR's important work classifies our employees and program participants as high risk. Our staff's health, safety and ability to provide critical services remain our most important priorities. If you are hired, you will be required to prove that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or are able to receive one within seven weeks of hire.

    Preferred:

         Current resident of Boulder or have long-term professional experience working in the Boulder community.

         Previous Street Outreach experience.

         Masters degree in clinical counseling, social work or other behavioral health field.

         Bilingual, Spanish preferred.

    BENEFITS & COMPENSATION Salary Range: $21.00 - 24.00 per hour. TGTHR offers competitive compensation and benefits such as a flexible work environment dependent on work position, medical, dental, vision, and accident insurance, paid time off/sick leave/parental leave/paid holidays/bereavement leave, employee assistance program/counseling services, development and educational opportunities and a 403(b) retirement plan.

    TO APPLY Email resume and cover letter to: hrcontact@TGTHR.org with the subject line “(job title)”. TGTHR is a drug-free workplace. Candidates and employees must be able to pass a criminal background check.

    TGTHR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are strategically invested in creating an equitable, diverse, just, and inclusive work environment. All interested individuals, including people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, women, and people with different levels of ability are particularly urged to apply. For more information on our justice, equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, visit our website here.


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