Posting: Housing and Vocational Specialist - Monroe Community Mental Health Authority

July 25, 2022


JOB DESCRIPTION:  Housing and Vocational Specialist

DEPARTMENT: Adult Services

APPROVED BY: Program Director

REPORTS TO: Program Supervisor



The Housing and Vocational Specialist will provide additional services to open consumers receiving case management services, as medically necessary. Housing Assistance enables consumers to secure and/or maintain their own housing as set forth in the beneficiaries’ individual plan of service. Supported/Integrated Employment services are services that are provided in a variety of community settings for the purposes of supporting individuals in obtaining and sustaining individual competitive integrated employment. Primary responsibilities include developing relationships with local employers and landlords, roommate identification (as needed), conducting needs assessments both on the individual and community level, attend and actively participate in relevant community meetings, partner with community entities to enhance services and supports. Supported employment services promote self-direction, are customized, and aimed to meet an individual’s personal and career goals and outcomes identified in the individualized person-centered service plan. Services may be provided continuously, intermittently, on behalf of, or on a diminishing basis as needed to promote community inclusion and competitive integrated employment.

Housing Assistance Duties:

  • Conduct a community integration/housing assessment identifying the consumers preferences related to housing (type, location, living alone or with someone else, identifying a roommate, accommodations needed, or other important preferences), in accordance and compliance with HCBS.
  • Identify areas for support needed to maintain community integration (including what type of setting works best for the individual, assistance in budgeting for housing/living expenses, assistance in obtaining/accessing sources of income necessary for community living, assistance in establishing credit and in understanding and meeting obligations of tenancy)
  • Assist referred consumers with finding and securing housing as needed. This may include arranging for or providing transportation.
  • Assist consumers with securing supporting documents/records, completing/submitting applications, securing deposits, and locating furnishings.
  • Develop an individualized community integration plan based upon the assessment, as part of the overall Person-Centered Plan. Identify and establish short and long-term measurable goal(s) and establish how goals will be achieved and how concerns will be addressed.
  • Participate in Person-Centered Planning meetings at re-determination and/or revision plan meetings as needed.
  • Provides support and advocacy to assist the consumer in communicating with the landlord and/or property manager regarding the participant’s disability (if authorized and appropriate), detailing accommodations needed, and addressing components of emergency procedures involving the landlord and/or property manager. This includes providing support/intervention for dispute resolution with landlord/property manager.
  • Attend community meetings relevant to housing and homelessness.
  • Partner with local housing agencies and supports, ensuring that services provided are not duplicative.
  • Receive housing assistance referrals and initiate housing assessment within 14 days of the referral.
  • Facilitate agency housing meetings, assist with identifying additional supportive services (i.e. CLS, Home Help), and prioritization of housing needs.

Supportive/Integrated Employment Duties:

  • Conduct supportive/integrated employment assessments to determine medical necessity.
  • Partner and coordinate with community employment agencies, ensuring services are non-duplicative (i.e. Michigan WORKS!, MRS) and gaps are addressed.
  • Assist in identifying and securing transportation to/from place of employment.
  • Receive supportive/integrated employment service referrals and initiate assessment within 14 days of the referral.
  • Develop an individualized supportive/integrative employment plan based upon the assessment, as part of the overall Person-Centered Plan.
  • Participate in Person-Centered Planning meetings at re-determination and/or revision plan meetings as needed.
  • May provide any of the following: job-related discovery, employment/career planning, job placement, job development, negotiation with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, job coaching, benefits and work-incentives planning and management, asset development and career advancement services career planning that supports an individual to make informed choices about individual competitive integrated employment or self-employment. 
  • Work toward service outcomes of sustained individual competitive integrated employment at or above the minimum wage in an integrated setting in the general workforce, in a job that meets personal and career goals as outlined in the individual’s person-centered service plan.

Other related duties as assigned:

  • Completed specialized training and utilize evidence-based or promising-practices.
  • Maintain current skills and developing new skills to maintain current competence essential for implementing job duties and responsibilities.
  • Follows oral and written direction completing tasks as assigned by due dates.
  • Maintains working knowledge of software applications used in performance of daily duties.

Corporate Compliance Responsibilities:

  • Complies with and maintains competence with all applicable laws, regulations, standards, and rules governed under Medicare, Medicaid, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Joint Commission, and any applicable funding sources.
  • Understands, adheres and maintains competence with all MCMHA and CMHPSM standards, policies, procedures as they appear in MCMHA’s, Management of Information, Finance-Contract Management, Recipient Rights, Performance Improvement, Administration, Human Resources, Treatment Foster Care, Environment and Provision of Care Policies.
  • Complies with and maintains competence with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations as they pertain to privacy and confidentiality.   
  • Interacts appropriately with managers and peers.  Performs required duties with an awareness of impact upon the Authority structure as a whole.  
  • Works as a Team Player within the entire Authority Structure.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the occupant of the position.  The statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed.   


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensure, experience, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education, Training and Licensing Credentials:

Pay Grade: 8

Required:    Bachelor’s Degree in a Human Service-Related Field

Preferred: At least 1 year experience providing job placement and/or housing coordination services. May consider an equivalent level of work experience in lieu of job placement/housing coordination experience. Must meet one or more of the Provider Qualifications listed below.

Other Competencies and Abilities:

Ability to work in a complex, detail-oriented, deadline structured, busy organization. The following physical and mental abilities are required:  frequent lifting or carrying up to 15 pounds, must be able to hear, frequent standing/walking going up and down stairs due to community outreach basis, ability to communicate effectively in person and/or phone, the ability to read, analyze and interpret information, ability to write reports, correspondence and procedures, ability to maintain consumer charts/records, ability to define and solve practical problems,  collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions,  and ability to influence others.  Demonstrated proficiency in MS Outlook, Word and such other applications if/when required.  Ability to be trained and successfully complete other computer training as required. Valid driver’s license, proof of current automobile insurance and driving record determined by the Authority’s insurance carrier to be eligible for coverage if required as part of positions duties.


Sarah Maniaci

HR Specialist

1001 S. Raisinville Road

Monroe, MI 48161

Phone: 734-384-0391



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