Program Manager, Veterans Behavioral Health

Posting Date: 8/15/16 
(Open Until Filled)

Mental Health America of Greater Houston is seeking a Program Manager for its Veterans Behavior Health Initiative. This position interfaces and coordinates programming with the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the Military Veteran Peer Network, Texas DSHS, Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Harris County Criminal Courts and the City of Houston, as the regional veterans outreach coordinator overseeing a multi-agency system of care and outreach for at-risk service members, veterans and their families.  Involves strategic partnership building at the local and state levels, and strategic planning and execution of collaborative outreach initiatives to improve and expand existing veterans supportive services, veterans behavioral health, and successful jail diversion and reintegration strategies. 


ŸManages and implements the volunteer management program by identifying volunteer needs, developing job descriptions, and recruiting, screening, interviewing and training volunteers. Coordinates area Veteran Treatment Court Mentoring and Wellness programs focused on veterans' jail diversion, supporting individuals in treatment and recovery programs, and successful community re-entry. Coordinates community services through referrals with our community partners to include comprehensive assessment of client issues, financial assistance to stabilize a crisis situation, housing assistance, employment guidance and assistance, case management services, information and referral regarding veterans' benefits and other benefits, mental health referrals and other supportive services. Coordinates and updates multiple agencies and local and state veteran initiatives, and maintains veteran mental health communications and awareness. Coordinates and co-facilitates volunteer mental health training to assure it meets quality standards set forth by DSHS and the Military Veteran Peer Network. Plans volunteer recognition and appreciation events. Cultivates strategic partnerships through community outreach activities including serving as liaison to community partners and campus contacts. Organizes and participates in community outreach efforts to educate the broader community about effective peer to peer outreach, VSOs and the Community Blue Print, the Sequential Intercept Model, mental health programs, activities and projects to include monthly training on veterans' mental health and transition issues. Maintains digital media including Military Veteran Peer Network Chapter and MHA-specific website, Facebook and e-newsletter. Coordinates external print media including announcements, press releases and success stories. Manages public awareness communications dissemination including flyers, brochures and suicide prevention materials. Supplies informational materials and news updates to the bulletins and newsletters of community partners and campus resources. Discerns outreach opportunities and helps schedule events and/or presentations related to veterans jail diversion initiatives, veterans’ mental health education and training, community resource building, veteran resource navigation and coalition building. Assists in planning and coordinating multi-agency special events and mental health trainings related to suicide prevention, peer to peer outreach, justice involved outreach, family support, veteran community, coalition building and transition assistance best practices. Recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers, mentors and wellness experts, and insures that their interactions with Veteran Program Participants and beneficiaries are appropriate, effective and in compliance with programming and all applicable policies, procedures and legal requirements. Completes and submits all required monthly program reports and manage program within budget limitations. Maintains and reports on program outcomes and provides monthly internal reports and quarterly external reports. Stays informed on any policies, procedures and/or activities that affect the program.


Honorably discharged veteran or a family member of an honorably discharged veteran. DD214 required. Bachelor’s degree required. Preferred: experience in social work, business, management, communications or mental health. Nonprofit experience. Knowledge of Houston community, veteran service organizations and military installations. Knowledge of public and/or private funding for veteran services. Knowledge of program development, excellent communications and interpersonal skills. Public speaking experience preferred. 

Send resume and cover letter to Judith Drummond at jdrummond@mhahouston.org.  

No phone calls, please.