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Family Specialist – Nathaniel ACT Team

Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services


Reports to: Team Leader

Overview: The Nathaniel ACT Team based in Manhattan provides non-traditional community based mental health treatment to promote the recovery and community integration of individuals with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders who are participating in alternative to incarceration (ATI) services. Our consumers are convicted of felony crimes and the ACT team facilitates their successful community reintegration and recovery from harmful behaviors. The Family Specialist delivers routine ACT 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. The team provides its treatment services in the community locations throughout NYC where our consumers live. Providing 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 who are justice-involved and experience in family assessment and intervention, psycho-education and other family support services, including cognitive-behavioral strategies. Specific responsibilities include:


• Complete the family and trauma assessments, components of the ACT comprehensive assessment.
• Identify services consumers should receive in ACT 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 ACT team in daily meetings and weekly clinical meetings around family issues and incorporate findings into service plans
• Develop comprehensive service plans and 6-month service plan reviews in collaboration with the consumer and the consumer’s support system, incorporating principles of risk, need, and responsivity to help reduce participants’ risk for re-arrest.
• Involve family and significant others in the consumer’s treatment with the ACT team and provide psycho-education.
• Identify the treatment services consumers should receive based on severity of substance use diagnosis, stage of change, immediate needs and recommend treatment objectives for the consumer’s treatment plan
• Assess and provide services to consumers to address housing, income support, education and vocational training, social supports, employment, and primary care needs.
• During the assessment obtains information: a) to establish the degree risk for high risk and harmful behaviors, and interventions required to promote progress towards recovery and community safety, and b) participate in daily organizational meetings based on the current knowledge of the consumer’s response to treatment.
• Provide individual mental health, relapse prevention, psycho-education based on motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral strategies
• Work effectively with community housing providers, education and vocational training providers, and self-help groups providing services to ACT consumers.
• Act as advocate and liaison for consumers in relationships with family, support systems, landlords and other community supports
• Assess and provide supports to consumer to address needs for problem-solving, wellness self-management, housing, income support, education and vocational training, social supports, employment, and primary care.
• 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.


• Master’s degree- LMSW, LCSW, LMHC
• At least two 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 and involvement in the criminal justice system.
• Demonstrated understanding of working with clients who have justice involvement.
• Has an understanding of working with the homeless population.
• Experience understanding various evidence-based models and theories pertaining to treatment of serious mental illness, and risk, need, responsivity to criminal behavior.
• Extensive knowledge of Assertive Community Treatment, community integrated treatment, support services, and resources.
• Highly organized and self-motivated.
• Proficient in utilizing an electronic health record such as Foothold AWARDS.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. 35-hour week 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 02/06/18; CVMHA ID #11837