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Mental Health Specialist
Req Code:2018:2827-006
County:Philadelphia County, PA
Location:2827-Journey Home
Schedule:As needed
Job Description/Essential Functions:

Horizon House, Inc. is a nationally recognized provider of services to adults with support needs due to developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues, and substance abuse. Horizon House is Pennsylvania’s oldest psychiatric rehabilitation agency. Since 1952, we have been dedicated to helping people with mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions, developmental/intellectual disabilities, and homelessness to stabilize their lives and to help them live as independently as possible in the community. With over 100 locations throughout South and North Eastern Pennsylvania and the state of Delaware, Horizon House provides services to a diverse population focusing on individual strength and choice.

Currently, we are seeking a Full Time Mental Health Specialist to work in our Homeless Services Division. The position provides community-based supports to individuals in compliance with the Agency service contract and policies and procedures. Approximately 75% of work is done in the community. The selected candidate does home based visitations and interacts with members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure that participants receive individualized services designed to meet their needs and to help them successfully maintain housing and accomplish their recovery goals. 

Some of the responsibilities include the following:

  • Providing service coordination (case management for an assigned group of participants) including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the individual treatment team; assume responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating and revising overall treatment goals and plans in collaboration with the participant and the ITT; provide individual supportive therapy, psychotherapy, and symptom management, ensuring immediate changes are made in the treatment plans as participants’ needs change; educate and support participants’ families, and advocate for participants’ rights and preferences.
  • Performing shift management in coordination with other ACT shift managers according to established policies and procedures.
  • Providing individual supportive therapy (e.g., problem solving, role-playing, modeling and support), social skill development, and assertiveness training to increase participants’ social and interpersonal activities in community settings.
  • Providing services in compliance with contract and Agency regulations.
  • Conducting comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g. onset, course and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status, and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment, social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g., self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
  • Participating in the resolution of crisis situations; assist with identifying key individuals and resources that can provide direct support and/or immediate intervention during a crisis situation. In conjunction with other staff members, provides on-call crisis intervention covering nighttime and weekend hours.


Job Qualifications:
  • Masters degree in Social Sciences, Healthcare or related field and Post-secondary school education and training is required, including internships and other supervised practical experiences in a clinical or rehabilitation setting with persons with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Must be able to communicate both verbally and in written form with every level of the behavioral health system and maintain effective professional relationships with associates in the Agency/community at large.
  • Skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for participant rights and personal preference in treatment are essential.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of focused team.
  • Working knowledge of Outlook, MS Word and Excel.
  • Ability to maintain daily productivity standards.
  • Fee-for-service and electronic health record experience strongly preferred.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.


  • Frequent talking and listening.
  • Requires the ability to lift 25 pounds, carry, fold, kneel, reach, stack, stoop and bend which may include direct intervention with participants.
  • Possess manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
  • Must be available for local travel and possess a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Must carry a mobile phone during scheduled working hours and scheduled on-call services.
  • As essential personnel, may be required to report to work during emergencies including inclement weather.
  • Requires crisis intervention and availability to respond in emergency situations.

Horizon House offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package including: medical & dental, (9) nine paid holidays, generous paid time off, tuition reimbursement, retirement savings plan, voluntary tax sheltered annuity, transit benefit program, opportunities for advancement and more.

To be considered an applicant, please you can apply at www.hhinc.org and click on the careers tab.

 Horizon House, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer • M/F/Veteran/ Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity


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