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Mental Health Clinician (Pathway Home)

Company: The Bridge Inc.
Location: New York
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Program Description: Field-based innovative care transition team that serves individuals identified by New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) as long-term homeless, living or having lived in the subway system, with behavioral health and medical conditions.
Job summary: Licensed Mental Health Professional to work on a newly funded field-based innovative care transition team that serves individuals identified by New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) as long-term homeless with behavioral health and medical conditions. The team will follow individuals into the community using the Pathway Home--- model of care to ensure that they become both linked and engaged with identified community providers and that their support network is sufficient to meet their needs. The role will require some on call coverage.
Job Responsibilities:

  • Engagement with NYC homeless individuals beginning either at known "hang-outs" or during an inpatient hospital admission or emergency department visit with involvement in transition planning, including a needs assessment of community transition supports essential to stabilizing the participant;
  • Monitor appropriate discharge and ongoing care planning at pre- and post-transition for individuals transitioning to community.
  • Establish collaborative working relationships and acts as a liaison with community providers, Managed Care Plans, and Housing Contractors.
  • Short term counseling (coping skills, trauma informed, decision making) and Risk Assessment/Safety Planning;
  • Provide supervision to team members and orient new team members to policy and procedures as well as ongoing training and mentorship;
  • Collects and reports data, as required while adhering to productivity standards,
  • Participate in both the development and implementation of a community care plan that includes formal and informal supports that increase opportunities for improved quality of life. Focus is on creating meaningful and productive daily activities in the community;
  • Assessing Housing Supports and Housing Assistance and Placement for those who are homeless. Services may include completing HRA 2010e, applying for housing, prepping for interviews, follow up with housing providers, and assistance with moving in (day of move) with obtaining housing supplies and learning the neighborhood;
  • Work with participants and their housing providers to resolve clinical issues that are impacting on the participant's ability to obtain, manage, and retain supportive housing;
  • Foster relationship with community provides to ensure that recipients are connected with appropriate services as they transition back into the community and to share or collect collateral information;
  • Appointment navigation by accompanying to first behavioral health and medical appointment-including but not limited to travel training, reengagement in community care, and ability to identify needs and barriers to services as well as making appropriate referrals
  • Review documentation and conduct comprehensive psychosocial assessments to determine the medical, psychiatric, housing and other social needs in the community.
  • Obtain historical and collateral information from multiple sources as it relates to behavioral and physical health, substance use, and criminal history;
  • Monitor, evaluate and record participant progress with respect to care plan goals;
  • Counsel participants in individual and group sessions to assist them in dealing with substance abuse, mental and physical illness, family issues, housing problems and unemployment and other social determinants of health;
  • Provide ongoing family conferences and psychoeducation to families and others within the support network;
  • Provide on-call after hour crisis intervention services when needed to participants and their support network, including respite referrals and other diversion and stabilization services;
  • Attend and participate in team meetings and supervisory sessions;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned;Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: Licensed master's degree or higher in social work, mental health counseling, nursing or psychology. A minimum of 3 year's post-masters work experience in the behavioral health and/or criminal justice field, preferably with the target population.Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of homeless resources, NYC shelter systems, and MTA transit systems.
    • Experience working with homeless and precariously housed populations.
    • Knowledge of mental illness and serious emotional disturbances and substance use disorders.
    • Knowledge of treatment, rehabilitation, and community support programs as they relate to recipient/residents, families, and staff.
    • Knowledge of techniques for identifying and preventing potentially violent behavior, including crisis management techniques.
    • Experience with group work.
    • Ability to develop, evaluate, implement and modify a clinical treatment intervention to meet the needs of individual recipients.
    • Ability to prepare accurate and timely reports
      This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only job-related duties to be performed by the employee. You will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform any other job related duties requested by your supervisor.This position may require travel throughout New York City.
      The Bridge is an AA/EOE

Keywords: The Bridge Inc., New York , Mental Health Clinician (Pathway Home), Healthcare , New York, New York

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