The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is a community-based not-for-profit committed to recovery-focused mental health services through advocacy, community education and direct services. We are recognized as the leader in Westchester in providing person-centered services that involve collaborating with each individual to achieve his or her goals.
MHA facilitates recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, shared decision-making and collaborative work. Our highly trained staff utilize evidence-based practices throughout our comprehensive array of trauma-informed and recovery-oriented services.
Through our robust services, as well as our advocacy programs and community events, MHA is able to meet the needs of thousands of men, women, children and families each year, helping them live independent lives in the community.
Join our Team! We have an exciting new opportunity for a CASAC Clinician in our Nyack Clinic.
SUMMARY of DUTIES
Our Clinics offer individual, group, family and medication services for individuals of all ages and for a full range of behavioral health conditions. Our Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Program delivers behavioral health services to adults and children who are uninsured, underinsured with SMI, SUD, COD and SED (including military, veterans and their family members) conditions by improving access to evidence-based and recovery-oriented outpatient, crisis and mobile mental health, SUD and medical care services through direct treatment or warm hand-offs to collaborating community-based agencies. The CASAC Clinician provides clinic-based behavioral counseling and education to clients with co-occurring disorders and issues that encompass all life domains. Mental health and substance use disorder treatment methods are combined to meet the needs of these individuals. The CASAC Clinician is a member of an interdisciplinary professional clinical team that utilizes an evidence-based integrated treatment approach utilizing harm reduction strategies that are strength-based, trauma-informed and person-centered in practice.
SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Perform integrated screening and identification of all co-occurring issues, including mental health, substance use, brain injury, intellectual/developmental disabilities, trauma, domestic violence, legal, housing, abuse/neglect and other challenges.
2. Assess client for MAT eligibility, if warranted.
3. Determine appropriate level of care and treatment setting in terms of client’s individual needs.
4. Develop integrated treatment plans that reflect an understanding of client needs as related to issues that impact physical health, mental health, cognitive functioning and psychosocial needs.
5. Facilitate group and individual counseling sessions.
6. Refer in clients in a timely manner to alternative treatment and support services as needed; e.g., detoxification, rehabilitation programs, supported housing, peer supports, recovery self-help meetings, 12-Step Programs, Mutual Aid, etc.
7. Maintain clinical records in compliance with all regulatory bodies and MHA Westchester policies and procedures.
8. Facilitate crisis intervention services to address client’s current needs in conjunction with making appropriate time sensitive referrals.
9. Monitor toxicology screenings and results.
10. Participate in discharge plan development.
11. Work in a collaborative manner with clinic staff, MHA staff across agency programs, as well as staff from external care providers, including physicians, hospitals, specialty clinics, behavioral health practitioners, homeless shelters, county entities (DCMH, DSS, etc.), etc.
12. Attend and actively participate in clinic team meetings.
13. Participate in all necessary activities to ensure payment for treatment services by managed care payers, Medicaid, Medicare and commercial insurers.
14. Follow the established clinic policies and procedures.
15. Participate in program development and training programs.
16. Maintain appropriate professional standards.
17. Other related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS
1. Proficient written and oral communication skills.
2. Strong organizational skills.
3. Familiarity with the ability to use an Electronic Health Record (EHR).
4. Demonstrate an ability to work independently along and with a clinical team to achieve optimal treatment results for clients with co-occurring disorders.
5. Adequate knowledge base of community resources in the areas of mental health, substance use, medical, housing, financial entitlements, insurance and legal advocacy for client treatment purposes and relationship building.
6. Understanding of treatment approaches, including Motivational Interviewing (MI), trauma-informed methods, CBT, SBIRT, DBT and Relapse Prevention.
7. Maintain a current knowledge base of co-occurring treatment issues.
8. Understand the impact of culture on co-occurring integrated treatment practices.
1. NYS Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) certification or CASAC-T Certification required.
2. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
3. Possess a minimum of one year of providing co-occurring/substance use disorder treatment services.
4. Computer proficiency, including the ability to master the Electronic Health Record (EHR) is required.
5. Must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of confidentiality standards as promulgated by the state; (OMH, OASAS, DOH) and federal government (SAMHSA and 42 CFR).
7. The CASAC Clinician must have a valid Driver’s License and a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier.
8. The CASAC Clinician must maintain current New York State Defensive Driving certification.
9. The CASAC Clinician must be cleared NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
10. The CASAC Clinician must be cleared by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Staff Exclusion List (SEL) and the New York State Medicaid Exclusion List.
11. The CASAC Clinician must be cleared by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
12. The CASAC Clinician must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
MHA of Westchester is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion and values the ways in which we are different. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by the applicable law.
To apply, please send your cover letter and résumé by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “CASAC Clinician” as the subject line of the e-mail. Thank you.