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ACT Co-Occurring Specialist

Niagara Falls

Summary of Position Function

This member of the ACT multidisciplinary team has training in one of the mental health professions (i.e. Nursing, social work, rehabilitation counseling or psychology) and clinical skill and experience to assess plan, develop, coordinate, and provide treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to program clients with severe and persistent mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders under the clinical supervision of the team leader and the psychiatrist.  The member functions as a clinical member of the multidisciplinary team and provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support services or may be designated by the team leader to function as the lead mental health and/or substance use specialist.

Education Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Education, or Psychiatric Rehabilitation or Psychology. Must meet the standards for the definition of Qualified Health Professional to practice in the state in which the program is operating.
  • LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, PHD, PSYD, RN

Experience

  • Minimum of three (3) years of post-secondary school education working in the field of mental health treatment; especially with an emphasis on the Co-occurring population and working with individuals in a forensic setting, including internships and other supervised practical experiences in a clinical or rehabilitation setting with persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Must possess a valid Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record, and possess a personal vehicle for job requirement

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Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Knowledge and demonstration of agency core values in day-to-day activities
  • Knowledge of working with individuals transitioning from jail/forensic settings.
  • Provide case management for clients including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the individual treatment team; assume primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating and revising overall treatment goals and plans in conjunction with the treatment team; provide individual supportive therapy and symptom management, ensuring immediate changes are made in the treatment plans as clients’ needs change; education and support clients’ families and advocate for clients’ rights and preferences.
  • Conduct comprehensive assessment for psychiatric history (i.e.; onset, course and effect of illness; past treatment and responses; and risk behaviors)’ mental status, and diagnosis; physical health and dental health’ use of drugs, or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g., self-care, living situations, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
  • Act as liaison and consult with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process.
  • Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.
  • Provide treatment, rehabilitation, and support services; with some interventions directed or performed by staff with specialty training and skills (e.g., vocational specialists).
  • Take the lead role or participate in providing Co-occurring treatment services including groups.
  • Ability to provide family psycho educational services and assist with integrating family goals and services for all clients with other team members.
  • Frequent or occasional driving of personal vehicle for purpose of transporting clients in the community and/or site visits (client or work related)

SKILLS/COMPETENCIES:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the characteristics and problems of adults with severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse disorders, and be knowledgeable about the ACT model.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of effective clinical practices and principles.
  • Knowledge in working with a population of people transitioning from jail/forensic setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in assessment, diagnosis, co-occurring disorders, and substance abuse or dependency.
  • Excellent written and oral skills communicating in English
  • Must have ACT training within six (6) months of hire
  • Must be proficient in the use of computers and all Microsoft Office Products i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, etc.

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