Under the general supervision of the Team Leader/Program Director, the Behavioral Health Specialist I functions as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. As part of the team with shared caseloads, the Behavioral Health Specialist I assists individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness in their personal recovery by engaging with them in their setting and developing a healthy working relationship. Once a working relationship is developed, the Behavioral Health Specialist I works in collaboration with the individual and the rest of the IMT Team, to obtain/maintain basic needs including housing, food and clothing, live safely in their community, address substance use issues, connect and monitor health care, obtain appropriate entitlements, facilitate psychiatric care, assist with vocational goals, and other recovery – oriented objectives. The Behavioral Health Specialist I, with collaboration of the Program Director, has the responsibility for providing clinical support and supervision to the Behavioral Health Specialist II and III. This position participates in the provision of crisis intervention services to participants 24 hours a day, seven days a week, within the community.
Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) by the NYS Education Department.
A minimum of two years clinical experience working with individuals with serious mental illness, substance use, homelessness and criminal justice involvement. Supervisory experience preferred.