BHIS Street Outreach Youth Advocate

Employment Status



Open until filled


Des Moines


The Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) Street Outreach Youth Advocate will supervise, provide support and establish rapport with Youth Opportunity Center participants including Emergency Bed, Drop-In and Outreach participants during assigned hours, while providing an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect.
75% of duties will be as a Street Outreach Youth Advocate, 25% will be providing one-on-one BHIS Services to identified participants. The BHIS Street Outreach Youth Advocate is expected to provide on-site, participant-centered services including skill development, and crisis intervention in order to build or restore participant linkages with the community, schools, and family, with the goal of alleviating and/or eliminating identified participant problems. The advocate will engage in services and activities designed to provide identification of, and intervention to support the participant and prevent or alleviate the consequences of identified concern areas.
A team approach is emphasized with close coordination with participant supports and service providers, including participant’s therapist, Street Outreach Advocates, Program Coordinator and other team members.  The advocate will provide support to young people ages 16 through 24 years who are precariously-housed, experiencing homelessness, or at-risk of experiencing homelessness through the Youth Opportunity Center Drop In Center and Emergency Bed Program.


A full job description is available within the application process.



A Bachelor’s degree in a social sciences field plus one year of full time experience or 20 hours training in child mental health; or a Bachelor’s degree in a non-social sciences field plus two years of full time experience or 30 hours training in child mental health is required.

This position should have a solid background and understanding of the needs homeless and precariously housed youth; behavioral intervention; solution-focused treatment theory, techniques, and process; knowledge of current DSM; knowledge of principles of child and adolescent development; knowledge of family counseling and dynamics; knowledge of community systems; crisis intervention; laws and legal ramifications of laws dealing with children’s rights; and knowledge of chemical dependency treatment interventions.


For more information, please contact Elizabeth Patten at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.

YSS hires nicotine free staff only. EOE