Community Empowerment Resources is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, and provides case management and psychosocial rehabilitation services to the mentally ill homeless population on Oahu.  We help persons diagnosed with mental illness such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, depression, and bi-polar disorder.  Our purpose is to help people find jobs, housing, get state and federal benefits (or get free from state/federal benefits!).  We help our consumers get psychiatric treatment, medical treatment, substance abuse treatment, or whatever they need to reintegrate and remain stable in the community.  Each person is unique and has a unique story.  We Empower people to continue their story in a positive and uplifting way.  Aloha!

CER Address: 1110 University Ave, Suite 411, Honolulu HI 96826  (Click here for map)

Phone: (808) 942-7884, Fax (808) 942-7885


P  O  S  I  T  I  O  N        Q  U  A  L  I  F  I  C  A  T  I  O  N  S   (PREFERRED)

Fax (942-7885), or Email ( a resume and cover letter.  But send in resume ONLY if you meet the minimum preferred qualifications.

 Mental Health Case Managers:  Minimum preferred requirements:   Work full time (available to work 8am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri—Actual hours flexible); Bachelor’s degree with at least 12 units of health, or human services, or psychology, or social work, etc.; 18 months paid experience (full-time) working in social services and serving needs of any special population; car and valid driver’s license.  All CM positions are full time.  No part time.  Primary pay is based on Billable Hours delivered, and/or per consumer per month capitated payment.  Also, in some cases, non-billable rate and On-Call rate, apply.  The new case manager receives an hourly “training wage” for the first two to four weeks, depending on the agency needs.

What does CM do?  The case manager helps the mentally ill develop Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) addressing: psychiatrist visits, medications monitoring, housing, employment, skill building, budgeting, obtaining state benefits, accessing public transportation, etc.  CM is out in the field (as opposed to an office or clinic); Territory is island of Oahu; a lot of driving; large caseloads; a lot of state-mandated paperwork (must write all Progress Notes daily and submit at least once per week); high organizational and time management skills needed; work well in a rapidly changing environment; schedule very flexible; mandatory treatment team meetings twice per week; mandatory ongoing training  provided by agency; mandatory supervision with team leader or QMHP provided by agency; entry-level salary (even if have more than experience); full benefits paid by agency; unlimited cell phone provided by agency; possible promotions and payraises depending on performance.



Mental Health Specialist (MHS)

Can’t get hired because you don’t have the experience?  But they won’t hire you so you can GET the experience!  CER has a solution:  This position gives a person experience working with the mentally-ill population so that eventually they have enough experience (18 months) to become a Case Manager.  It is a combination of administrative work, and looking after the needs of clients who come into the office:  The MHS does administrative tasks with the treatment records, answers the phone and speaks to clients and stakeholders, helps solve client problems, participates in Treatment Team meetings, shadows case managers and nurses, gets supervised by the Team Leader, and gets all the training opportunities available to a case manager.  The MHS also does Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP Plans) with clients.  The WRAP is a treatment plan which is created mostly by the client with a focus exclusively on issues of interest to the client.  In short, the MHS learns the whole system, both clinical and administrative.  By the time 18 months pass, the MHS is excellently trained in every aspect of case management. The MHS works closely with both administrative staff and clinical staff.  Full time only.  Agency pays full medical benefits (HMSA). Work hours: 8am to 4:30pm.  Very flexible working environment.  A note on pay:  This is a non-billing position, so pay may be an issue for persons needing higher salaries.
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, or social work, or some other health-related field, with at least 12 units of specialized classes (same as preferred requirement for Case Manager).   Little or no experience!  This is to maximize the time that the person will continue to be an MHS (at 18 months of experience the MHS rolls over into a Case Manager position).  The agency will consider up to 6 months experience with a specialized population, but not more than that.  Must maintain agency-provided training in CPR/1st aid, and participate in regular case manager training provided by agency.


Registered Nurse Case Manager:  Minimum preferred requirements:   Licensed to practice in the State of Hawaii and have a minimum of two (2) years of experience as an RN.  Work full time (available to work 8am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri—Actual hours flexible); car and driver’s licence.  Job description is similar to Case Manager, excpet with focus on RN tasks.  Works with mental health consumers; works in the field as opposed to the office; case management and RN duties; nursing assessments; coordination of medical needs; helps consumers develop Individual Recovery Plan addressing: housing, employment, medications, psychiatrist visits.

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