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Assistant Team Leader/Family Specialist LMSW – Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Team



Reports to: Team Leader

Locations: 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 FACT 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 specialist delivers routine FACT treatment services and has lead responsibility for integrating family goals and services with the tasks of all team members and for providing family psycho-education. Proving at least 80% of treatment contacts in consumer homes, shelters, and other community locations the specialist supports consumers to achieve wellness, recovery and positive relationships in the community. We are looking for a clinician with extensive experience working with adults with serious mental illness and experience in family assessment and intervention, psycho-education and other family support services, including cognitive-behavioral strategies. Specific responsibilities include:


• Complete the FACT comprehensive assessment
• Identify services consumers should receive in FACT based on assessment of history, current relationships and supports, and immediate needs and recommend treatment objectives for the consumer’s service plan
• During the assessment obtains information: a) to establish the nature and degree risk of social relationships and associated harmful behaviors, and interventions required to promote progress towards recovery, and b) lead the FACT team in daily meetings and weekly clinical meetings around family issues and incorporate findings into service plans
• Build in review and evaluation points, and modifies the service plan in the light of feedback from recipients and relevant others
• Develop comprehensive service plans and 6-month service plan reviews in collaboration with the consumer and the consumer’s support system
• Involve family and significant others in the consumer’s treatment with the FACT team and provide psycho-education
• Complete 6-month comprehensive assessment and crisis intervention and relapse prevention plans, progress notes and significant data in timely manner utilizing HER
• Provide individual mental health, relapse prevention, psycho-education based on motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral strategies Complete at least 68 face to face treatment contacts in the community each month
• Assess and provide supports to consumers to address needs for problem-solving, wellness self-management, housing, education and vocational training, social supports, employment, and primary care.
• Act as advocate and liaison for consumers in relationships with family, support systems, landlords and other community supports
• Provide 24-hour crisis intervention on-call services on rotating basis
• Provide 80 percent of treatment contacts in the community
• Provide culturally competent services in accordance with CASES policies and practice
• Submit Incident Reports as required to the NYS Justice Center, OMH via NIMRS system, NY Safe Act and SCR.
• Participate in data collection and completion of CAIRS assessments and DOH Community Mental Health Assessment.
• Collaborate and participate in AOT reporting.
• Complete required core FACT trainings and other trainings required by CASES.
• Participate effectively in team processes; and in regularly scheduled supervision with Team Leader.
• Perform other duties as required by Team Leaders, Co-Directors and executive staff


• LMSW or LCSW with current New York State license
• At least three years of experience working in human services with individuals with serious mental illness and those with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders
• Experience understanding family systems based on diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds
• Experience understanding various evidence-based models and theories pertaining to psycho-education, motivational interviewing, serious mental illness and recovery
• Extensive knowledge of Assertive Community Treatment, family community support services such as NAMI, and community resources
• Highly organized and self-motivated
• Proficient in computers
• Fluency in Spanish preferred

Salary: Commensurate with experience with excellent benefits.

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.

Additional information
In one document, attach your cover letter and resume in PDF or Word format. No phone calls please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

CASES is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with CASES is based solely on qualifications and competence for a particular position, without regard to race, color, ethnic or national origin, age, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital, military, or citizenship status. We also actively recruit individuals with prior involvement in the criminal justice system.Your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


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Posted on 01/23/18; CVMHA ID #11795