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 are immediately hiring Clinicians (LMSW, LMHC, LMFT or LCSW) for our Article 32 substance use treatment program in Westchester County, NY.
SUMMARY of DUTIES
The Clinician will work as part of a multidisciplinary team in the Article 32 outpatient substance use treatment program, licensed by the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), which is part of MHA’s Comprehensive Care Center. The Clinician is responsible for the provision of direct outpatient clinical services and coordination of care with other involved agencies. The Clinician provides assessment, individual, group and family counseling to those dealing with substance use and co-occurring disorders, utilizing an evidence-based and integrated treatment approach that emphasizes harm reduction, person-centered and strengths-based care.
SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Conduct initial screenings and assessments, including but not limited to, psychosocial histories, drug and alcohol evidence-based screenings and formulation of substance use and mental health diagnostic impressions.
2. Utilize identified screening/assessment tools, stage-wise interventions and treatment models.
3. Support telehealth services in clinic.
4. Conduct therapeutic treatment utilizing best practices of counseling and crisis intervention in assisting clients toward the recovery process.
5. Facilitate groups with a focus on integrated care and documents efforts via individualized progress notes.
6. Assess, stabilize, and address the status of clients with emergent mental health conditions.
7. Provide ongoing counseling and education to clients, families and/or caregivers on mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders.
8. Provide ongoing consultation and education to non-clinical staff and student interns.
9. Participate in weekly individual clinical supervision and group clinical supervision.
10. Develop collaborative integrated treatment/recovery plans that reflect an understanding of client needs as related to issues that impact substance use, physical health, mental health, cognitive functioning and psychosocial needs.
11. Collaborate with CASAC counselor to refer 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.
12. Monitor toxicology screenings and results, including breathalyzer screenings.
13. Participate in the client discharge/transition plan process.
14. Perform outreach and engagement activities to clients with poor program attendance.
15. Work collaboratively with staff across programs and external to MHA.
16. Attend and actively participate in clinic case conference team meetings.
17. Follow the established clinic policies and procedures.
18. Participate in program development and training programs.
19. Maintain appropriate professional standards.
20. Other related duties.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS
1. Principles, practices and methods of substance use and co-occurring treatment including complexity-capable interviewing, assessment, marriage, family, child, and group counseling and crisis intervention.
2. Applicable city, state and federal guidelines and laws affecting substance use treatment, mental health treatment, services and reporting procedures.
3. Knowledge of the common challenges associated with substance use and mental health conditions.
4. Familiarity with and ability to effectively use an Electronic Health Record system.
5. Proficient written and oral communication skills.
6. Strong time management and organizational skills.
7. Knowledge about 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.
8. Understanding and training in treatment approaches, including Motivational Interviewing (MI), trauma-informed methods, CBT, SBIRT, MRT, DBT, Harm Reduction and Relapse Prevention.
9. Understanding and training in evidence-based treatment approaches, including Motivational Interviewing (MI), trauma-informed care, CBT, SBIRT, MRT, DBT, Harm Reduction and Relapse Prevention.
10. Awareness of the impact of culture on substance use and co-occurring integrated treatment practices.
1. The Clinician must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling with clinical experience.
2. Must be licensed in New York State, be in good standing and remain in continuous good standing with the state’s licensing board: LMSW, LMHC, LMFT or LCSW.
3. Willingness to obtain CASAC or CASAC-T within 12-months post hire.
4. Demonstrates understanding of 42CFR, HIPAA Privacy Standards and related agency policies.
5. Must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
6. Bilingual (preferred) in one or more of the following: Spanish, Italian, Haitian, Creole, Greek, French or American Sign Language proficiency.
7. Must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
8. Must have a valid Driver’s License and a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier.
9. Must maintain current New York State Defensive Driving certification.
10. Must be and maintain clearance through the NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
11. Must be and maintain clearance by the DCJS New York State Sex Offender Registry.
12. Pre-employment drug screen is required as a condition of employment.
13. 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.
14. Must be and maintain clearance by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
15. 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 email@example.com with "OASAS Licensed Clinician" as the subject line of the e-mail. Thank you.