Reports to: Director Intensive Mobile Treatment
Overview: CASES is a New York City leader at the intersection of behavioral health and the criminal justice system. We run effective and respected programs that provide solutions and services for some of the city’s most difficult public safety and public health challenges. CASES is looking to hire three highly experienced Behavioral Health Specialists to work on a new innovative program launched by the City under NYC Safe, an evidence-driven Public Safety and Public Health Program to help prevent violence. The Brooklyn Intensive Mobile Treatment (IMT) team supports individuals with untreated serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders that pose a concern for violent behavior. IMT serves only 25 consumers providing immediate and ongoing care for individuals who struggle to get treatment and also face housing instability. IMT has the resources to provide the range of services clients need without the burdens of Medicaid billing and complicated regulations.
The Behavioral Health Specialists will be part of a multidisciplinary team with a director, part-time psychiatrist, RN and two peer specialists. Engaging and retaining consumers in IMT is the highest priority of the service. This is a job for clinicians with superior engagement skills who can deliver services in any setting (street, parks, homeless shelters, private homes, hospitals, courtrooms, and Rikers Island jail); this position is not an office based position. Services will be provided as needed early in the morning, late evening and on Saturdays. The Behavioral Health Specialists will ensure IMT services are recovery-oriented, trauma-informed and culturally responsive to produce positive outcomes for participants.
· Conduct outreach in the community as needed to participants wherever they are, by traveling to known locations throughout NYC;
· Engage participants utilizing a recovery-oriented and trauma-informed approach;
· Utilize motivational interviewing techniques to align with participants and help inspire change;
· During the assessment obtains information to establish the nature and degree risk of social relationships and associated harmful behaviors, and interventions required to promote progress towards recovery;
· Build in review and evaluation points, and modify the service plan in the light of feedback from participants and relevant others
· Develop comprehensive service plans and as needed service plan reviews in collaboration with the participant and the participant’s support system
· Complete comprehensive assessment and treatment recommendations from face to face interviews, review of medical records when available, communication with collateral providers, family and significant others;
· Administer standardized drug/alcohol, mental health and trauma screens;
· Conduct crisis intervention and relapse prevention plans, progress notes and significant data in timely manner utilizing EHR;
· Conduct violence risk assessment incorporating input from the entire treatment team utilizing HCR-20-v3 and incorporate findings into risk management plan;
· Utilize standardized recidivism risk assessment instrument (LS/CMI) and incorporate findings in to risk management plan;
· Accompany participant, as needed, to appointments in the community; advocate and support participants access to needed supports and services in the community;
· Provide individual and, when appropriate, group-based interventions utilizing cognitive behavioral strategies;
· Assess and provide supports to participants to address needs for problem-solving, wellness self-management, housing, education and vocational training, social supports, employment, and primary care.
· Assist participants with access to case management, benefits, housing services;
· Have a “whatever it takes” approach to the engagement and retention of IMT consumers;
· Believe in the ability of IMT participants to recover and have positive outcomes in the face of significant challenges;
· Complete incident reports as required, including reporting, as appropriate to the NY Safe Act, NYS Justice Center, and NYC DOHMH.
· Conduct all documentation in electronic health record;
· Participate in collaborative learning opportunities overseen by DOHMH with other IMT team directors to support the development of an effective treatment model;
· Provide coverage early mornings, evening and Saturdays on rotating basis;
· Provide 24-hour crisis intervention on-call services on rotating basis;
· Participate effectively in team processes; and in regularly scheduled supervision with Program Director, and
· Perform other duties as required by Program Director and senior staff.