Mental Health Specialist, Housing

Job Type

Full Time




new york
United States


Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc. is a community-based organization in Harlem that provides integrated healthcare, prevention, and housing to people living with HIV/AIDS in Central Harlem and the South Bronx.

The NYNY III Mental Health Specialist (MHS) will work within a unique, multidisciplinary case management team to provide a continuum of home-based bio-psychosocial services to Mentally III/Chemically Addicted (MICA) clients in a scattered site, supportive housing program for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator, the NYNY III MHS will provide home and community-based assessment, mental health and substance abuse counseling, treatment referral, and care coordination with other team members and service providers to clients enrolled in the NYNY III program. In addition, the NYNY III MHS will address clients’ needs with regard to concrete housing issues as necessary.


Successful candidates for this job will be:

▪          people who are able and willing to do the majority of their work in the community and in clients’ homes

▪          people who can work independently and in close collaboration with a team

▪          people who can be available during non-traditional hours when necessary

Essential Job Functions

The following duties are mandatory requirements of the job:

q  Complete reassessments, treatment plans, progress notes, and other written documentation necessary to maintain good charting practices and provide relevant, up-to-date clinical information for colleagues and other service providers. Submit all other required paperwork in a timely fashion.

q  Provide home and community-based cognitive behavioral and assessment-based interventions that utilize harm reduction principles and motivational interviewing techniques. Apply the transtheorectial or Stages of Change Model to assist clients in evaluating their own needs and goals in order to enhance their motivation to make positive behavioral change.

q  Participate in daily rounds with a multidisciplinary team. Provide case presentations on clients to other team members.

q Meet with Program Coordinator for individual data-driven supervision.

q Provide client advocacy in negotiating systems and delivery of services.

q Provide follow-up care to ensure clients’ needs are being addressed.

q Participate in agency and departmental meetings, and other internal staff meetings as required.

q Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Certification

BA in related field with at least 3 years of related case management experience required.

MSW or an MA in counseling-related field preferred. Clinical License preferred.

CASAC and/or directed experience working with the substance using population a plus.

Special Skills and Knowledge

In addition to the above-listed job responsibilities and educational requirements, the ideal candidate for this position possesses most or all of the following:

q  Knowledge of HIV-related issues.

q  Knowledge of the biophysical aspects of substance abuse, including some familiarity with signs of intoxication, overdose, and withdrawal.

q  Familiarity and comfort with Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing Models.

q  Familiarity and comfort working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness.

q  If qualified, responsible for completing psychosocial assessments.

q The ability to develop positive and professional working relationships with a variety of internal and external service providers (e.g., doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, peer counselors)

q Computer literacy with regard to the use of email, Word, Outlook, and Excel

q Strong time-management skills

q Strong organizational skills

q Bilingual (English/Spanish/French) is a strong plus

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree