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Chief Executive Office
Class Specification: MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Orients consumers' family members, significant others, and caregivers of mental health consumers to the mental health system in order to assist these parties to navigate the system and receive necessary services.
Facilitates consumer, family member, and caregiver access to departmental and community resources and services provided by other community and public agencies by assisting with scheduling appointments and transportation; or by accompanying the consumer to meetings that affect their receipt of services in order to provide advocacy and support in meeting consumers' needs.
Assists clients in developing independent living skills in activities such as housekeeping, cooking, shopping, budgeting, using public transportation, and attending to personal grooming and hygiene, etc. through demonstration and coaching.Assists clients with housing needs by facilitating access to residential care or permanent housing.
Facilitates clients' participation with multi-disciplinary teams by assisting in formulating service goals and plans for achieving such goals.Conveys community and client cultural patterns and attitudes to mental health professional staff. Assists clients with obtaining and completing appropriate application forms for various benefits and services. Leads recovery dialogues and discusses common transitional experiences. Acts as interpreter for client population. Recruits and trains volunteer mentors for clients transitioning into community living settings. Participates in conferences/meetings within the Department of Mental Health.
May accompany clients to appointments and self-help activities.
Attends seminars and in-service trainings in connection with related duties as assigned.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Work performed part-time will be prorated on a month-for-month basis.
Title change effective May 22, 2012 FROM: Mental Health Peer Advocate TO: Mental Health Advocate.