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Mobile Crisis Team - PNP

Community Access, Inc.


Community Access, Inc. (CA), founded in 1974, is a progressive not-for-profit organization that expands opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services. We are built upon the simple truth that people are experts in their own lives. Our programs are spread across 20 locations and include over 1200 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center, the Art Collective, ThriveAtWork, Blueprint Supported Education, East Village Access—a PROS program, and a peer-driven Crisis Respite Center.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the newly created ACT Team position of:
ACT Team Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
to work at our Third Avenue, Bronx location.

Position is part-time, 14 hours per week at $50/hr.

Program Overview
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based, mobile practice model designed to provide treatment, rehabilitation and support services to individuals living with a serious mental health condition and whose needs have not been effectively met by traditional mental health services.

Community Access’ new Bronx Shelter ACT Team will serve individuals with mental health conditions who are homeless and temporarily housed within a Bronx mental health shelter. Team members will work collaboratively with shelter staff in the Bronx and use assertive engagement strategies to proactively engage individuals in services. ACT team members share responsibility for the people they serve, helping individuals attain housing and other personal goals that may be of a health, social, work or education nature.

ACT teams are multi-disciplinary and include psychiatry, nursing, social work, peer specialists and other staff members offering rehabilitation, treatment and recovery support services. The team provides expertise in the areas of housing, substance use and harm reduction, family support, employment, and wellness self-management. Based on their area of expertise, team members collaborate to deliver comprehensive, integrated and flexible services that are responsive to a participant’s choices, needs and goals. With a small staff to participant ratio, services are brought to the participant and offered in natural settings, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Position Overview
The Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner (PNP) is responsible for psychiatric assessment, prescribing and medication monitoring. The PNP coordinates care with other physicians including primary care, therapists and support workers. S/he works collaboratively with the ACT Team and other medical providers to ensure that care is coordinated and delivered within the framework of participant self-determination, recovery, and cultural competency. Responsibilities include: Conduct initial psychiatric evaluation, mental status examinations and pharmacological evaluations; Prescribe medications and monitor response to prescribed medications readjusting plan as necessary; Administer injectable medications; Educate participants about side effects of medication; Provide coordinated and integrated care, communicating and collaborating with primary health care providers, significant others and community treatment providers; Use online databases and portals e.g. PSYCKES, Healthix, MAPP, to support assessment and treatment planning; Provide crisis intervention services; Support discharge planning with hospital and ER staff; Assist with provision of clinical supervision, education, and training of the ACT team members; Assist with development, implementation and supervision of medication administration policies and procedures; Provide 24/7 on-call consultation, etc.


Have an understanding, appreciation and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; Commitment to person-centered treatment strategies, upholding participants’ rights, and self-determination in service provision; Current license in NYS as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; NYS license as a Registered Nurse; Master’s degree in advanced nursing from an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program ; Minimum of three (3) years working with people with serious mental health conditions, co-occurring substance use disorders, and homelessness; Minimum of one (1) year working as a nurse practitioner, including prescribing preferred; Strong computer skills ; Bilingual Spanish-speaking, preferred; Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the NYS Justice Center.

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Posted on 09/18/17; CVMHA ID #11405