Role of Behavioral Health Worker
Community Alliance Housing
REGIONAL RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Role of the Behavioral Health Worker
A participant's behavioral health worker plays an important role in accessing and maintaining this resource on behalf of their client. Among the areas that behavioral health workers can and must be involved are:
- Providing direct assistance in completing the application form, including documenting and certifying to applicant's current receipt of behavioral health services and priority status.
- Providing direct assistance in assembling current documentation to verify such items as income, expenses, and other applicable eligibility requirements.
- Providing direct assistance in locating and evaluating suitable rental properties which meet the client's needs and program guidelines.
- Providing direct assistance in applying for Section 8 voucher from local housing authority when applications are available.
- Providing an ongoing contact with the client's landlord to assist as individual client needs arise.
- Providing ongoing behavioral health services and supports enabling the individual to maintain his/her community stability as well as tenant obligations to landlord and continued eligibility for rental assistance.
- Providing assistance in the annual review of eligibility for continuation in the rental assistance program.
- Advocating for individual client with the Regional Rental Assistance Program to help assure that the program remains responsive to consumer needs.