MethCare Patient Retention Specialist
Job Details
APLA Health Center, Mid-Wilshire - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
$50,106.00 - $61,742.00 Salary/year
Up to 25%
Health Care

Under the direct supervision of the Behavioral Health Services Director, The MethCare Patient Retention Specialist/Case Worker will facilitate behavioral interventions and coordinate support services to promote improved health outcomes for persons living with methamphetamine and other substance use issues.


  • Assist in the coordination and delivery of patient-centered activities that focus on addressing health status, engagement and retention in care, adherence to MAT medications, and methamphetamine use risk reduction.
  • Assess a patients socioeconomic needs.
  • Connect patients to services that assist with resolving socioeconomic challenges.
  • Assist the Behavioral Health Services Director (BHSD) and the patient care manager (PCM II) with patient monitoring, following up service linkages.
  • Assist the BHSD and PCM in updating care plan results, following-up with patients and tracking outcomes.
  • Act as the liaison between various points of entry and the medical clinic(s) to ensure that new patients are enrolled in medical care seamlessly and in a timely fashion, as needed.
  • Track and report patient service delivery data using EMR.
  • Provide limited treatment adherence counseling during routine follow up encounters with patients. This may include resolving socioeconomic barriers to SUD treatment access and adherence or discussing strategies that may help a forgetful patient to remember to take their MAT medications.
  • Document steps taken to help the client maintain access to medical care.
  • Provide SUD education, inclusive of treatment education.
  • Enter progress notes in client-level database systems regarding disposition of clients, referrals, changes of address, telephone information, case manager assignment, etc.
  • Assure client confidentiality as defined by APLA policy and procedures.
  • Contact appropriate professionals to assist in the determination of need and/or eligibility for services.
  • Monitor referrals and follow-up on those requiring additional advocacy.
  • Attend care coordination meetings.
  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings to review and evaluate program services, and make recommendations for program improvement.
  • Attend regularly scheduled in-services, as well as outside conferences, and workshops to expand capacity to meet program goals and objectives.
  • Provide written and statistical reports as needed.




Training and Experience:

A minimum of a Bachelors degree in Nursing (BSN), Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Marriage and Family Counseling, Human Services, OR a license as a vocational nurse (LVN). Experience in a nonprofit environment and specific training/experience working with people living with LGBT preferred. Bilingual English/Spanish is an asset.


Knowledge of:

Interviewing and crisis management techniques; psychosocial and mental health factors affecting quality of life; data management; HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment; substance use disorders, health education principles and program evaluation.


Ability to:

Identify and implement outreach and engagement strategies, respond effectively to client crisis situations; interview and assess needs of clients; develop individual service plans aimed toward resolving client needs; communicate effectively, both written and verbally; work well under tight deadlines; coordinate multiple tasks; learn specific systems quickly and thoroughly; communicate effectively with a diverse population; identify and update community resources; proofread, edit and format written materials; conduct group presentations, operate standard office equipment including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and meet assigned deadlines.




This is primarily an office position that requires only occasional bending, reaching, stooping, lifting and moving of office materials weighing 25 pounds or less. The position requires daily use of a personal computer and requires entering, viewing, and revising text and graphics on the computer terminal and on paper. This positions will be required

to work in the field and in the office when providing linkage to care services.



Must possess a valid California drivers license; proof of auto liability insurance; and have the use of a personal vehicle for work related purposes. Available for weekend and evening hours as needed.

COVID Vaccination and booster required or Medical/Religious exemption.


Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/disability/veteran.