Behavioral Health Specialist


Vine Maple Place

Job Description:

Behavioral Health Specialist
Key Information
Reports To: Behavioral Health Director
Location: Kent, WA
Supervises: None
Base Pay: $23 – $27 / Hour
Job Classification: PT, Non-Exempt

About Vine Maple Place (VMP)
VMP is a fast-growing, faith-based nonprofit company devoted to ending family homelessness in South King County. We serve homeless and vulnerable single parent families and their children providing housing services, workforce development, financial empowerment, behavioral health support, life skills and child & youth programs. Our approach offers safety, provides stability and equips to self-sufficiency. Due to the homelessness crisis in King County, VMP is expanding to serve more families in need. Families show great success in the program: 91% maintain stable housing one year after exiting the program.

Job Summary
The Behavioral Health Specialist works with marginalized clients who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and have experienced toxic stress, domestic violence, abuse and/or neglect. The Specialist works with VMP clients in a variety of settings, primarily administratively, setting up appoints with adults, representing the department at client meetings, and tracking in our various data systems. The Specialist will also teach life-skills classes to adults, as well as facilitating the Behavioral Health portion of the client’s introduction class. This role is a foundational part of the success of single-parent families reaching their goal of self-sufficiency and stable housing while in the program.

• Reach out to clients to engage them in counseling services and classes.
• Facilitate group classes- focused on life-skills, parenting and boundaries.
• Inform clients of Behavioral Health programs in Introduction classes.
• Track client data, communications and attendances electronically and maintain high standards of confidentiality.
• Attend weekly staff meetings, trainings on trauma-informed care and stewardship, motivational interviewing and conscious discipline, to apply these skills in daily work with families.
• Partner with the VMP team to identify mental health needs and assist with care by referral, communication in bi-monthly client care meetings, and advocacy for clients with mental health issues.
• Communicate, to the Behavioral Health Director, any perceived risks or discrepancies with VMP clients.
• Act as a mandated reporter on all incidents of abuse, neglect and safety.

Minimum Qualifications
• Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and agree to the VMP Statement of Faith.
• Be passionate about helping families overcome the trauma of homelessness.
• Embrace diversity and work effectively with a diverse team of professionals; sensitivity to the needs of clients, staff and volunteers from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
• Ability to address higher needs of clients in crisis.
• Ability to read, write, speak and understand English fluently.
• Willing to work evening and occasional weekend hours.
• Ability to work with or learn Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and general computer skills.
Preferred Qualifications
• Experience working with diverse, low income, homeless and/or vulnerable adults and children.
• Experience facilitating classes.

Required Credentials
• Must pass and maintain an acceptable background check.
• Minimum BA Degree in Behavioral Sciences field

Further Compensation Details
• 401(k), with matching
• 7 paid holidays
• 3.34 hours of Vacation per month
• 2.66 hours Sick time per month
• 2 weeks additional COVID/Sick Time

The above is intended to describe the general content of, and the requirements for, satisfactory performance in this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements of this position. Other duties may be assigned.


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