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 Clinical Support Staff in our Youth ACT Program located in Westchester County.
The Youth ACT Team serves children/youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), who are returning home from inpatient settings or residential services, at risk of entering such settings, or have not adequately engaged or responded to treatment in more traditional community-based services. Youth ACT team delivers intensive, highly coordinated, individualized services and skilled therapeutic interventions through an integrated, multi-disciplinary team approach to better achieve success and maintain the child in the home, school and community.
SUMMARY of DUTIES
The Clinical Support Staff is responsible for working with the child and family in support of identified treatment goals through discrete and targeted service interventions, such as skill development or training and education. The Clinical Staff support the child and family in acquiring the necessary skills and abilities to manage their health, improve family relationships, and develop opportunities for prosocial activities and interactions. The Clinical Support Staff who, in addition to performing routine clinical support team duties, also has lead responsibility for integrating educational and/or vocational goals and services with the tasks of all team members. This staff member provides needed assistance through all phases of the vocational service. Services are provided in the home and community and are delivered in a trauma informed, culturally and linguistically competent manner. The Clinical Support Staff will support 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 collaboration. When possible, Clinical Support Staff will utilize evidence-based practices; always embracing a trauma-informed and person-centered approach.
SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Conduct comprehensive, strength-based assessments of service and clinical needs.
2. Communicate with school, medical specialists and other community providers regarding the child’s needs and progress.
3. Provide crisis intervention as needed.
4. Maintain up-to-date and complete case records, including documentation, and providing written reports and statistics as required.
5. Participate in daily team meetings and individual supervision.
6. Due to the nature of the program, must have the ability to be flexible with working hours.
7. Document progress and maintain a permanent record of activity according to established methods and procedures.
8. Practice with a person-centered, trauma informed philosophy in alignment with the values of MHA.
9. Follows the established agency policies and maintains appropriate professional standards.
10. Provide 24-hour telephonic crisis intervention services on rotating basis.
11. Adhere to all standards and guidelines established by applicable regulatory authorities.
12. Other designated and related duties.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS
1. Principles of psychological growth and development.
2. Familiarity with and ability to use an Electronic Health Record system.
3. Must complete the CANS-NY Training, be certified to use the CANS-NY, and maintain annual certification.
4. Experience understanding family systems based on diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
5. Highly organized, detail oriented, and self-motivated.
1. The Clinical Support Staff must have a Bachelor’s Degree with two years of relevant experience or a Master’s Degree with one year of relevant experience.
2. Basic computer knowledge is required.
3. Must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
4. Must have a valid Driver’s License and a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier.
5. Must maintain current New York State Defensive Driving certification.
6. Must be and maintain clearance through the NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
7. Must be and maintain clearance by the DCJS New York State Sex Offender Registry.
8. Must be and maintain clearance by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Staff Exclusion List (SEL) and the New York State Medicaid Exclusion List.
9. Must be and maintain clearance by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
10. 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 "Clinical Support Staff" as the subject line of the e-mail. Thank you.