Outreach Specialist

Job Info

Merakey is currently seeking an Outreach Specialist ($14.25 / hr Full Time PLUS a $50.00 a day stipend) to join our Behavioral Health Services Division in our Philadelphia, PA locations.


-Partner with Philadelphia Police Department and Septa Transit Police

-Influences clients in in the community as a part of the mobile team.

-Always maintain situational awareness and use de-escalation strategies to maintain a calm and welcoming environment, conducting individual interventions as needed.

-Assist clients with building social skills in the community that will enhance quality of life.

-Assist clients in developing empowerment skills through education and self-advocacy.

-Offer a non-judgmental forum for listening and providing empathy for the struggles of consumers.

-Outreach to, engagement of, and relationship build with homeless participants with behavioral health needs.

-Provide de-escalation and crisis intervention services as needed.

Relationship Building:
-Use personal experiences to develop meaningful and trusting relationships with participants, acting as a mentor to help participants actively create the lifestyle they desire through exploration and discussion of their goals.

-Actively reach out to particularly vulnerable individuals who come in for hospitality services but are hesitant to engage in additional resources offered, collaborating with fellow staff throughout the process.

-Models personal responsibility, self-advocacy, and hopefulness through appropriate self-disclosure, respectfully meeting participant's needs, and maintaining a positive belief in themselves.

-Inform consumers about community and natural supports and how to utilize these in the recovery process.

-Orient clients to services offered at Parkside, answer questions, and direct the flow of participants to various services.

-Ensures that all encounters with individuals are documented.

-Keeps updated files and documentation regarding vehicle maintenance and repairs.

- Incident reporting to include writing incident reports, reporting to immediate supervisor and following procedure.

-This individual will work with new admissions providing them support and assistance during the Intake process

-Make placement for homeless individuals including shelters, cafes, safe havens or treatment options.

-Participate in all staff meetings and required trainings.

-Uphold and support the policies and standards of Merakey.

-Transporting current clients, potential clients and staff to various locations in company vehicles as scheduled and needed.

-Ensures proper maintenance and upkeep of vehicles is performed and that vehicles are safe. Escalating issues as needed.

-Picking up supplies from local stores as needed.

-Other duties as assigned.


Work/Life Balance
Competitive Compensation Plans
Opportunities for professional growth and advancement
Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Plans
Flexible Spending Accounts
Short/Long Term Disability Coverage
Life Insurance
403B Retirement Plan (with company matching)
Marketplace Savings Program
Employee Assistance Program
Wellness Programs
24-Hour Nurse Hotline
Tuition Reimbursement
Generous Paid Time Off (for qualifying positions)
Stability that coincides with working for a national leader in education and human services


Merakey offers a continuum of care in behavioral health (includes mental health and addictive diseases), integrating services in both community and site-based settings. These services provide a wide range of recovery focused treatment, services, and supports for children and adults.


Merakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health, and education non-profit provider with a fifty-year history. We offer a breadth of integrated services to individuals and communities across the country. Our belief that every individual has the right to achieve growth, dignity, and fulfillment guides all of our decisions. At Merakey, we care about each other and are committed to providing the very best care to those we serve.

Merakey is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer! We deeply value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ethnic background, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or disability status. Moreover, we are committed to creating teams that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

High School diploma or general education degree (GED) with at least two years behavioral health experience and experience working with the homeless or those with Substance use disorders.Peer Specialist Certification Preferred.Should have the ability to work in a team setting.Must possess computer skills to perform job duties including but not limited to desktop computing, email, time sheet management, and electronic health records, using Microsoft Office and Google Applications, and other relevant software.Ability to enter data on a mobile handheld device while in the field.Must possess a valid driver's license.Must have knowledge and an understanding of recovery principles and recovery driven service system.Ability to establish professional relationships with peers.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

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