DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
JASA is seeking a licensed clinician to join our team and deliver an innovative new service that addresses the behavioral health needs of older New Yorkers in the Bronx. As part of the Thrive NYC initiative, which seeks to expand access to mental health care, this New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA)-funded program offers older people a new and comfortable way of accessing services by co-locating a satellite mental health clinic in their local senior center. This position may be either part-time or full-time and could be eligible for a comprehensive benefits package that includes major medical, dental, and life insurance; pension; 403b tax-deferred savings plan; flexible spending account; pre-tax transit; and a generous leave policy.
The Social Worker IIIB will:
1. Utilize outreach strategies to engage older adults in mental health services in senior centers.
2. Provide evidence-based mental health interventions in both individual and group modalities.
3. Administer mental health screening tools to older clients to screen for possible disorders and impairments requiring mental health services.
4. Participate in interdisciplinary team conferences, reviewing treatment and case plans, case monitoring and discharge planning, pursuant to sound professional practice and to federal, state and city guidelines.
5. Provide a full range of psychiatric social services to an identified caseload of older adult clients who could benefit from mental health care including:
a. Develop, implement, monitor and document treatment plans;
b. provide individual and family psychotherapy in the resolution of problems of the client(s) and family;
c. provide appropriate information to clients and collaterals regarding the normal physical, social and psychological development of individuals, challenges to functioning presented by conditions of impairment, disease, social stresses and dysfunction and gero-psychiatric disorders; and ways of coping and preserving individual functioning and autonomy;
d. provide specific information about health, welfare, education and recreation services available to serve the older client, with particular reference to resources for gero-psychiatric patients; and
e. As appropriate, to make referrals to, and maintain cooperative relationships with public and voluntary agencies, programs, services and facilities.
6. Participate in staff committees, program planning, conferences and meetings
7. Represent the agency at specific DFTA events and meetings as well as other community conferences and meetings
8. Participate in training and unit meetings.
9. Complete required case records, reports and statistics within mandated timeframes, utilizing computers (Netsmart EHR, STARS, Microsoft excel, etc.).
10. Perform other duties as assigned.