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Job Description
Community Support Worker

Job Description
The Mental Health Association of San Mateo County (MHA), a nonprofit organization, enriches quality of life, restores dignity, and reduces homelessness, particularly for those affected by mental illness. MHA strengthens hope by providing shelter, support, and opportunities for socialization.

The Community Support Worker (CSW) monitors the medications of participating residents of Cedar Street and Belmont Apartments, assists with residentsí access to food pantries, and helps identify group activities. The CSW reports to the Public Health Nurse regarding medication monitoring and group activities. The CSW consults with the Clinical Services Supervisor and Case Managers. The position is for 20 hours a week.

Job Duties

Medication Monitoring

  • Meet with Case Management Services Coordinator, Public Health Nurse, Case Manager, and individual Belmont or Cedar Street Apartments residents to prepare medication support plans.
  • Assist participating residents to take their psychotropic medications properly.
  • Meet one resident at a time in a quiet location free from distraction, typically in the residentís apartment.
  • Check the directions and expiration date of each medication to ensure that the resident does not take expired prescription medications or medications that are no longer prescribed. Bundle expired medications for the Public Health Nurse to dispose of through County BHRS.
  • Document resident compliance with medication regimen in case files and in Caminar database.
  • Consult regularly with the MHA Public Health Nurse to review medication regimens, discuss what is or isnít working, and develop strategies to increase medication compliance, if needed.
  • Direct residents to meet with the MHA Public Health Nurse to discuss medication regimens, review side effects and symptoms, and discuss healthcare needs.
  • Listen attentively to residentís concerns and report those concerns to residentís case manager.
  • Share observations at weekly direct service staff meetings.
  • Document staff interactions in the Caminar database.

Support Services

  • Coordinate and facilitate bi-weekly produce pantries and Primrose deliveries for Cedar Street and Belmont apartments.
  • Take clients to the food pantry to shop for themselves and their neighbors.
  • Identify group activities that promote physical, intellectual, social, or emotional development.

Qualifications

  • Ability to comprehend and follow medication instructions
  • Prior experience working with people with psychiatric disabilities
  • Ability to work with a diverse population
  • Good documentation skills
  • Valid California driverís license, insured vehicle, and clean driving record

Physical Activity Requirements

  • Ability to sit and keyboard
  • Ability to bend, squat and stoop
  • Ability to walk up and down steps
  • Ability to stand for long periods

Additional Requirements

  • Pass a criminal justice/background check

Send resume and cover letter to michaelr@mhasmc.org.






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