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Housing Support Specialist (BA Level) 

About the Organization KMHS is Kitsap's nonprofit, designated community mental health provider for adults with acute and/or chronic serious mental illnesses, and children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. During 2016, KMHS provided services to more than 6,800 children and adults.

On WA's beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, offers easy access to both the pristine wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula and the big-city lights and culture of Seattle. We offer competitive salary, benefits & a positive work environment.

Inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services offer evidence-based treatment, using trauma informed care to help people reach their recovery goals. We offer whole person care through mental health and substance use treatment and care management, close care coordination with on-campus and community-based primary care providers, and with partner PCHS, now offer dental care to KMHS clients and the community. Many community partners assure people receive behavioral health care in the right place, in the right way, at the right time. Together we are weaving a web that connects emergency room and hospitals, substance abuse treatment, and primary care providers; creates partnerships for early intervention at home and school, supports multiple law enforcement, jail, and justice endeavors, and works to ensure housing, food, and other social supports together with social service agencies and community collaborations.

The Kitsap Mental Health Services community fosters a culture of hope and empowerment through a safe, welcoming environment, compassionate relationships, and a commitment to respecting life experiences.

KMHS is a tobacco/smoke-free and scent-free facility  
Category Social Services  
Open Date 3/7/2018  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Remote Office  

This position is part of a newly funded partnership with Kitsap Community Resources. The program will serve recently housed individuals who have been identified and prioritized as the most vulnerable among chronically homeless, with serious mental health, co-occurring, or substance use disorders. The Housing Support Specialist will work closely with a Housing Stabilization Specialist at Kitsap Community Resources to connect clients to mental health and substance use services, primary car, and employment in order to support their long-term housing stability The Housing Support Specialist will serve as the liaison and expert for Behavioral Health. Work is performed primarily in the field and community settings.


  • Provides direct Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders services to clients. Services may include brief intervention, psycho-educational workshops, skill building, and crisis intervention.
  • Incorporates best practices in services, including trauma-informed care.
  • Makes home visits to assess client needs, link client to needed resources, coordinate care, and arrange for needed supportive services.
  • Serves as the team content expert on behavioral health. Advise on care planning development, specifically promoting chemical dependency, recovery, and effective treatment for mental illness.
  • Works collaboratively with internal and external partners including Kitsap Community Resources, social services providers, and other treatment providers to assist clients in their recovery process and to ensure the continuity and quality of care.
  • Provide referrals and support engagement with clinical mental health and/or substance use disorder treatment services.
  • Utilizes motivational interviewing, stages of change theory, family and system focused interventions, stage-wise treatment strategies to intervene and motivate clients.
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of psychotropic medications and their side effects and contraindications with drugs of abuse and report any relevant observations to medical personnel.
  • Pursue professional growth and development by seeking out learning opportunities and integrating new learning into daily work practice. Maintain working knowledge of Evidence Based Practices, current Co-Occurring Disorder treatment recommendations and trends in community mental health, including health care reform.
  • Complete and maintain all required appropriate clinical and administrative records in a timely manner.
Position Requirements

Bachelor's degree required. Psychology, social services, or a related field preferred; minimum of one-year experience working with clients with mental illness required. Must be passionate about working with people who face complex social and health issues, including homelessness, chemical dependency, mental illness, and chronic disease. Prefer experience in co-occurring disorders treatment, individual and group therapy, and substance abuse treatment. Possess and maintain valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insured transportation

Salary DOE  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, marital status, age, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability.

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