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Mobile Crisis Team - LPN

Community Access, Inc.

Description

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 Licensed Practical Nurse
to work at our Third Avenue, Bronx location.

Position is Part-time, 20 hours per week; with a salary of 25-28K.

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 Licensed Practical Nurse provides nursing care and treatment at the direction of the RN; Participates in medication administration and monitoring, health assessments, and other screenings; Participates in identifying needed resources and ensuring participants access primary care and receive annual physical, dental other relevant examinations; Provides rehabilitation and support services under the clinical supervision of professional staff, including: crisis intervention services; harm reduction services; and support and consultation to families; Utilize motivational interviewing techniques and a trauma informed approach when delivering individual and group based health services; Provides health education to participants and members of their networks; facilitate education on topics including prevention, wellness, diet, harm reduction and recovery; Engage significant others including family, friends, service providers and other supports in service provision; Administer IM’s and vaccines, plants and reads PPD’s, and performs phlebotomy as per orders; Monitor vital signs and side effects of medications and reports findings to the RN, psychiatrist and team; Assist with providing education to staff on physical health issues and medical care protocols; Communicate with other medical providers to promote coordinated and integrated care; Advocate for participants to secure medical care and other community supports that promote integrated physical and mental health wellness; Maintains required documentation including progress notes and health related data in AWARDS; Assist with ordering and maintenance of medical supplies and equipment.

Qualifications

Qualifications
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; Graduate of an approved practical nursing program and licensed to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in New York State; Minimum three (3) years’ experience working as an LPN; Minimum of one (2) years’ experience working with people with mental health conditions; In depth knowledge of NYC community health and social service resources; Available to work a flexible schedule, mornings, evenings and weekends in response to participant needs; Strong computer skills; Bilingual Spanish-speaking, preferred; Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Justice Center.

Interested candidates should apply on www.communityaccess.org/jobs.

Contact

Interested candidates should apply on www.communityaccess.org/jobs.

Posted on 09/18/17; CVMHA ID #11406