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Housing Specialist - Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Team



Locations: Manhattan & Brooklyn

Overview: The Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) team provides mobile community based mental health treatment to promote the recovery and community integration of individuals with serious mental illnesses, high rates of co-occurring substance use disorders and histories of criminal justice involvement. The team serves consumers on parole, probation, returning to the community from jails and prisons, participating in alternative-to-incarceration and treatment court services and those with histories of high-risk and violent behavior. The Housing Specialist is an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team of mental health clinicians leading activities related to helping clients find safe and affordable housing. The team provides 80% of its treatment services in community locations. This position requires a highly organized, detailed, and assertive individual.


· Provide housing support services to justice-involved individuals with serious mental illness, including assessing housing needs and preferences; educating about housing options; navigating housing-related benefits; completing housing applications (HRA 2010e); support with housing interviews; advocating for housing placements; support with skills necessary to maintain housing; and developing and sustaining relationships with housing providers.

· Provide other community based ACT services, such as service planning, care coordination (especially related to hospitalizations), family/social support, integrated substance use treatment, housing support, wellness self-management, relapse prevention, problem solving, community living support, health education, money management, entitlements support, etc.

· Conduct 80% of services in the community, including at hospitals, shelters, and jails

· Participate in daily team meetings to review client status; complete all progress notes within 24 hours of service contacts; participate in individual and group supervision sessions with team leader

· Complete comprehensive assessments, crisis/relapse prevention plans, and individual service plans; update all assessments within required timeframes

· Complete risk assessments for future criminality and violence using the Level of Service Case Management Inventory (LSCMI) and the Historical, Clinical, Risk (HCR-20: Version 3)

· Complete required data reporting to outside agencies, such as the Office of Mental Health, Assisted Outpatient Treatment, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, etc.

· Provide services that are client-centered, recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and sensitive to the unique experiences of justice-involved clients with behavioral health needs

· Provide 24-hour crisis intervention on-call services on rotating basis


· Bachelor’s Degree or higher

· At least one year of training and experience providing housing assessment and support services to individuals with serious mental illness, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Individuals with lived experience in these areas are encouraged to apply.

· Proficient in electronic health records, especially Footholds AWARDS

· Fluency in Spanish preferred

Benefits: Here at CASES we offer benefits that will assist you in making the most of your career and your life. Our programs include health and wellness insurance which is offered through Aetna. A retirement 403(b) plan is held with Principal, education, and training. Additionally, our portable ancillary benefits are offered through Aflac, Legal Shield, and ADP Flexible spending account; which is then deducted through payroll along with commuter benefits, additional short-term disability, cancer, additional income protection, hospitalization coverage, and identity theft protection.


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Posted on 07/26/17; CVMHA ID #11274