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Mental Health Specialist II

Overview

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. For 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to meeting the health care needs of New Yorkers with compassionate, high-quality home health care. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, members, and clients from before birth to the end of life.

Each day, more than 13,000 VNSNY employees- including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, other allied professionals, and paraprofessionals- deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to more than 48,000 patients and members, helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.

Responsibilities

Department description (Brooklyn MObile Crisis):

It provides in-home mental health and crisis intervention services to individuals who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis and are unable to secure traditional mental health services in the community.

Though this position is field based and will work with clients who live in Brooklyn, the office location is temporarily located at 148 West 125th Street, NY, NY till June 30, 2019; the office location will then relocate to 1630 East 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Job description:

The full time Mental Health Specialist II will provide direct social work services including assessment and treatment planning, supportive counseling and supportive therapy, advocacy and psychoeducation, and linkage to community agencies and services, as required.

  • Performs social work assessments of patients/families.
  • Develops treatment plan and goals for patients/families as appropriate.
  • Provides supportive counseling and/or supportive therapy as well as ongoing social work services. Collaborates and refers to appropriate agencies as required.
  • Provides assistance in obtaining community services to patients, families and other caregivers.
  • Provides psycho education and advocacy for patients and families.
  • Assists staff, patients, families and other caregivers to understand third party reimbursement, entitlements and community resources.
  • Participates in related VNSNY Home Care activities, e.g., utilization review, staff meetings, education programs, etc.

Education: Masters Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related degree required.

Experience: Minimum one year of social work experience in a mental health or social service setting required. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

CA2019

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