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Substance Abuse Specialist

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Intro/Program Description: The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team is a unique and nontraditional licensed outpatient psychiatric clinic for individuals who have demonstrated a high service need with multiple hospitalizations, emergency room visits and difficulty maintaining stability in the community. ACT is a nationally recognized model and an evidence-based practice. The ACT Team serves the entire borough of Manhattan including the Lower East Side, Midtown, Upper West Side, Harlem, East Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood.

 

Purpose of Position: The Substance Abuse Specialist is responsible for providing counseling, case management services and daily support regarding substance abuse and co-occurring issues. The Substance Abuse Specialist is an active member of the multidisciplinary ACT treatment team with a specialization in co-occurring disorders.

 

Schedule: Monday through Friday - 9:00am to 5:00pm


Role, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

1) Substance Abuse Services

  • Plan, lead and document activities for Co-Occurring Disorder (CoD) support group
  • Attend OMH and other training programs on Substance Abuse services
  • Research substance abuse services and serve as liaison to programs
  • Serve as a consultant to the ACT team on Substance Abuse services

 

2) Provide case management services

  • Carry a caseload of ACT clients
  • Perform client assessments and formulate treatment goals
  • Facilitate client participation in entitlement programs, psychiatric services, medications management, rehabilitation and other activities
  • Refer clients to community health services
  • Accompany clients to appointments as needed
  • Communicate regularly with clients’ families about their needs and progress
  • Serve as liaison to other service providers
  • Maintain up-to-date client case records according to program guidelines
  • Visit clients in residential facilities, hospitals, on the street and in other locations
  • Rotate on-call service after outside work hours

 

3) Participate as an ACT team member

  • Attend staff meetings, case conferences, and training programs to upgrade skills and knowledge
  • Attend supervision meetings to review client progress and case management strategies
  • Work collaboratively with ACT team staff in a team case management model

4) Other duties as required

 

 

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or in a related field
  • CASAC Preferred

 

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Experience working with clients with substance abuse and co-occurring issues
  • Experience working with the seriously and persistently mentally ill population
  • Ability to speak Spanish, French, Creole, American Sign Language or other languages is a plus

 

Computer Skills Needed

  • Able to work in the Microsoft Office Suite, should especially be proficient in Word and Outlook
  • Able to use or learn to use AWARDS database
  • Able to use or learn other electronic databases, programs, and funder-related software as needed such as CAIRS, NYCMED and NIMRS

 

Physical Requirements

  • Walking; Climbing stairs occasionally

 

Work Environment

  • Field & Office work


Intro/Program Description: The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team is a unique and nontraditional licensed outpatient psychiatric clinic for individuals who have demonstrated a high service need with multiple hospitalizations…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required

Benefits

Excellent benefits!

Excellent benefits!

Location

On-site
W 140th St, New York, NY, USA

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