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Reports to: Team Leader
Overview: Manhattan ACT team provides mobile community based mental health treatment to promote the recovery and community integration of 68 adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders living mainly in Upper Manhattan (Harlem and Inwood). The wellness specialist provides 80% of services in consumers’ homes, shelters, and other community locations. The specialist will use assertive outreach and engagement strategies, motivational interviewing and stage-wise interventions that target readiness for change. Specific responsibilities include:
The Wellness Specialist develops wellness interventions, activities and groups,
drawing from the Wellness Self-Management (WSM) curriculum and other resources.
Educates participants about self-help techniques, processes and community
options; teach coping strategies; assist participants with acquiring symptom management skills; and assist in identifying and clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals.
The Wellness Specialist also assists in the development of community support systems and networks.
Comprehensive ACT service activities include:
Assessing and providing services to participants to address health and wellness, housing, income support, education, vocational training, employment and social supports;
Complete initial comprehensive recovery-oriented service plan and 6-month plan
review incorporating participant and relevant others' feedback. Provide ACT
treatment services including: service planning and coordination; problem
solving; support with obtaining housing; developing social connections;
strengthening family and other relationships; developing independent living
skills and obtaining necessary resources; accessing and accessing education and
training; employment supports (job search, placement and support); entitlement
and financial management; empowerment and self-help; wellness self-management
with a focus on the development of coping skills; support with medications; and
It is important that the Wellness Specialist has an understanding of motivational interviewing, recovery and trauma-informed approaches when delivering services; ability to complete crisis plans; comfortability with collaboration with participants, families and natural
supports, shelter and community partners to promote attainment of treatment and
recovery goals. In addition, coordinate discharge in collaboration with inpatient and ER
staff when participants have involvement; complete thorough, timely and
accurate documentation and adequate authorization records consistent with
billing, regulatory, policy and contractual requirements; complete expected
minimum monthly treatment contacts of which 80% occur in the community; and provide
24-hour crisis intervention on-call services on rotating basis.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a Human Services Field (i.e. Psychology, Behavioral Science, Sociology).
Knowledge of AOT guidelines in NYS;
- At least two years of experience providing services to adults with serious mental illness;
- Experience working in community mental health settings that provides services to recipients in-vivo in the community;
- At least two years of experience working on a multidisciplinary team
- Bilingual a plus.
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.
Please apply through: http://smrtr.io/jlpkEg.
Posted on 10/01/17; CVMHA ID #11440