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PINE STREET INN
Massachusetts - Boston Metro, United States
10 days ago

Description

SCHEDULE: 40 hoursfull time schedule, Sunday-Wednesday, 9AM-730PM, may include early mornings, nights and/or weekend hours; this position is non-essential in the event of an emergency

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Triage Specialist engages new shelter referrals in a triage assessment process which is designed to determine a guest’s immediate level of need and assertively moves the guest to safe housing.  The Triage Specialist will work with community providers of health and behavioral health services to coordinate care plans which do not rely on emergency shelter when other more appropriate medical and behavioral health services should be explored and utilized.  The Triage Specialist will work to coordinate appropriate discharge plans for guests who are reentering the community from incarceration with a clear focus on upstream services which avoid unnecessary reliance on emergency shelter.  The Triage Specialist will work within a best practice framework of Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Care and, whenever possible, will provide support toward family reunification and mitigating barriers to securing alternative options for safe housing.  If diversion is not possible or appropriate, the Triage Specialist will initiate a full guest intake, frame the guest understands of a limited stay in emergency shelter, and establishes the foundation for the guest’s work towards a more permanent housing solution – this will include triage housing placement within the first 30 days of Shelter.  The Triage Specialist will provide exceptional customer service both internally and externally and will work in partnership with case management teams to provide integrated service delivery which furthers our mission to eliminate homelessness.  The Triage Specialist will work under tight timeframes for accurately entering guest information into Pine Street Inn’s approved Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  Attention to detail and accuracy is critical in this position.  

Schedule will change after training period, and may include weekends or evenings as part of the regular schedule.

The Triage Specialist will work from the following principles:

  • Shelter is a temporary safety net, not a home.  The Housing Placement Team must assertively motivate guests and incentivize them to seek better alternatives using best practices.
  • All people experiencing homelessness, regardless of their housing history and duration of homelessness, can achieve housing stability in permanent housing.
  • Never warehouse or institutionalize our guests in our shelters.
  • Everyone is “housing ready.”  Sobriety, compliance in treatment, or even a clean criminal history is not necessary to succeed in housing.  Rather, homelessness programs and housing providers must be “consumer ready”.
  • Leverage guests’ strengths, assets, and connections to move quickly out of shelters and to any other housing.
  • Recognize the impact of violence and victimization on development and coping strategies.
  • Employ an empowerment model.
  • Maximize guest choices and control over her/his recovery based in a relational collaboration.
  • Create an atmosphere that is respectful of the guests’ need for safety, respect, and acceptance.
  • Emphasize the guests’ strengths, highlighting adaptations over symptoms and resilience over pathology.
  • Minimize the possibilities of re-traumatization.
  • Strive to be culturally competent and to understand each person in the context of his or her life experiences and cultural background.
  • Solicit guest input and involve guests in designing and evaluating services.


Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

Strive to be culturally competent and to understand each person in the context of his or her life experiences and cultural background.

Solicit guest input and involve guests in designing and evaluating services.

REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION/TRAINING:

  • Associates in a human services related field Or High School Diploma with a minimum of two (2) years of equivalent experience in a social service setting
  • Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License
  • Strong computer and math skills, including familiarity with MS Word, Excel and ability to learn and successfully use MIS & HMIS programs

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience delivering services to a challenged population often struggling with addiction and untreated or under-treated mental health concerns
  • Working knowledge of local resources available to Boston’s homeless population
  • Working Knowledge of Housing First and Rapid Rehousing
  • Knowledge of the issues related to homelessness
  • Strong written communication skills

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

  • Ability to stand for moderate periods of time
  • Ability to stretch, bend, lift and assist guests up and down stairs during difficult and/or emergency situations.
  • Ability to respond safely and quickly in case of emergency situations
  • Ability to sit for moderate periods of time at a desk in an office while interacting with clients and/or managing documentation and completing data entry
  • Must be able to drive a PSI vehicle for work use

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

  • Excellent writing, documentation, math and computer skills
  • Ability to assess clients and make appropriate referrals
  • Ability to establish good working relationships with internal and external program staff
  • Strong decision-making, leadership ability and communication skills
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Ability to perform an array of difficult tasks at the same time
  • Patience in working with guests with untreated emotional/physical health needs and active substance use/abuse/dependency behaviors
  • Ability to work in intense, emotionally charged situations
  • Ability to help provide critical incident de-briefing

PREFERRED:  

  • Certification, training, or formal education in counseling and/or case management
  • Bi-lingual – Spanish/English    
  • Practical experience in client assessment, diversion, mediation, negotiation, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma- informed Care, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, household budgeting, and service planning, recovery services – including mental health, substance use/abuse and traumatic brain injury
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a triage or intake position

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Perform client triage assessment and Touchpoints.
  • Divert individuals at the front door to housing situations which are better than emergency shelter to include family reunification and mediation.
  • Identify guests who would benefit from Rapid Re-Housing and other housing pathway referrals
  • Meet or exceed established program goals for diversions, triage assessments, triage placements and upstream follow up with hospitals and other community providers as needed.
  • As needed, develop and provide newly homeless and chronically homeless guests with detailed orientation to shelter services and housing placement opportunities as well as program timelines and limitations.                
  • As needed, input guest intakes and other pertinent service information in the HMIS system.
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of human/social services opportunities available in the community, establish and maintain necessary contacts to reduce inappropriate referrals and discharges.
  • Successfully connect guests with mainstream benefits, community-based supports and resources.
  • Adhere to and model PSI policies, including illness prevention
  • Accept other work duties and work locations in the event of an emergency
  • Perform other additional assignments or projects as requested/directed by supervisor.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59157832
  • Location:
    Massachusetts - Boston Metro, United States
  • Position Title: Triage Specialist, Full Time Days
  • Company Name: PINE STREET INN
  • Job Function: Direct Care/Residential Staff
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: Associates Degree
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Salary: $21.00 (Hourly Wage)
Services (non-profit)
Boston , MA , US

Everyone deserves a place to call home. That's why Pine Street Inn provides a comprehensive range of services, including permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter and street outreach to more than 1,600 homeless men and women each day. Founded in 1969, Pine Street is the largest resource for homeless men and women in New England. Pine Street Inn is a not-for-profit organization committed to men and women in need of shelter, sustenance, and the basic moral and material supports necessary t...

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