Overview: The Brooklyn ACT 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. The Employment Specialist is an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team of mental health clinicians leading activities related to consumer access and participation in vocational, education, and employment activities. The team provides 80% of its treatment services in community locations. This position requires a highly organized, detailed, and assertive individual.
· Provide educational, vocational, and employment support services to individuals with serious mental illness, including identifying education and employment interests and skills; finding, enrolling, and supporting participation in educational/ vocational programs; preparing for and finding employment; job coaching and social skills training; developing and sustaining relationships with employers and other vocational/educational support agencies; and educating employers about serious mental illness.
· Provide other community based ACT services, such as service planning, care coordination (especially related to hospitalizations), family/social support, integrated substance use treatment, housing support, wellness self-management, relapse prevention, problem solving, community living support, health education, money management, entitlements support, etc.
· Conduct 80% of services in the community, including at hospitals, shelters, and jails
· Participate in daily team meetings to review client status; complete all progress notes within 24 hours of service contacts; participate in individual and group supervision sessions with team leader
· Complete comprehensive assessments, crisis/relapse prevention plans, and individual service plans; update all assessments within required timeframes
· Complete required data reporting to outside agencies, such as the Office of Mental Health, Assisted Outpatient Treatment, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, etc.
· Provide services that are client-centered, recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and sensitive to the unique experiences of clients with behavioral health needs
· Provide 24-hour crisis intervention on-call services on rotating basis
· Master's Degree required. LMSW, LCSW, or LMHC required.
· At least one year of training and experience in training and/or experience in vocational assessment, job exploration, and skills development in choosing, getting, and maintaining employment, employment counseling or vocational rehabilitation
· At least one year of experience working with individuals with serious mental illness, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Individuals with lived experience in these areas are encouraged to apply.
· Proficient in electronic health records, especially Footholds AWARDS
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.
Internal Number: REF344C
The mission of CASES is to increase public safety through innovative services that reduce crime and incarceration, improve behavioral health, promote recovery and rehabilitation, and create opportunities for success in the community.We are committed to helping people—regardless of their past choices, present struggles, or future obstacles—to build the capacity and courage to change their lives.We tailor our services to each individual’s unique needs, risks, and strengths and believe the most effective programs are evidence-based, family-focused, and trauma-informed.We are committed to engaging the community by leveraging partnerships and resources to maximize our clients’ opportunities for success.Our team:We recognize that each CASES staff member is critical. We are a team strengthened by our diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents and united by a common purpose.We are determined to continuously enhance our knowledge and skills, evaluate our results, and learn from our successes and failures.Our impact on the community:We believe public safety is best protected through alternatives to incarceration that combine accountability and support with empowerment and opportunit...y.We are committed—through continuous innovation and the strategic disruption of ineffective responses to crime, addiction, and mental illness—to creating solutions for some of the city’s most difficult public safety and public health challenges