New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is a nonprofit child welfare, health and social services agency in NYC that serves children with complex medical and behavioral health conditions and their families through a range of clinical programs, social services and onsite medical and mental health clinics.
TITLE: Mental Health Specialist
DEPARTMENT: Foster Care and Children and Family Treatment Support Services (CFTSS)
SUPERVISOR: Senior Director of Foster Care and Adoption and Senior Director of CFTSS/HCBS
RESPONSIBILITY: Provide clinical and rehabilitative services in the office, home and other community-based settings in accordance with an individualized treatment plan, based on a child and family’s specific needs. Clinical services include comprehensive evaluation assessments; development of treatment plans; individual, family and group psychotherapy and crisis intervention. integration.
•Conduct comprehensive assessments to establish a diagnosis, where needed, and identify service needs.
•Provide medical necessity documentation when appropriate for referrals to Care Management, CFTSS/HCBS Programs and any other needed services.
•Develop detailed treatment plans that specify amount, duration and scope of services, developed in collaboration with the child and family. Perform ongoing review of progress towards goal and update according to required timeframes.
•Provide individual, family and group psychotherapy.
•Provide crisis intervention services that are immediate and designed to diffuse or resolve the precipitating stress --in-person or by telephone and with follow-up.
•Provide intensive individual, family, relationship based and supportive counseling focused on problematic behavior to promote socialization.
•Provide crisis avoidance and management counseling to prevent or reduce an active crisis and promote stability after the episode.
•Provide rehabilitative psychoeducation, strengths based service planning and supports to minimize negative behavioral health symptoms/emotional disturbances to further community participation.
•Attend Family Team Conferences and Case Reviews in Foster Care as applicable.
•Complete required documentation for Medicaid billing within prescribed timeframes.
•Complete required and recommended trainings.
•Additional duties as assigned, based on the needs of the agency.
•Must have an LCSW, LMSW, LMFT or LMHC and be knowledgeable about trauma-informed care.
•At least one year of applicable experience in children’s mental health or related area, working with children and families.
•Must follow safety precautions needed to protect child population.
•Must be willing to work in clients’ homes and communities.
•Knowledge of and adherence to cultural competency guidelines.
HOURS: This position is normally 9am-5pm, with occasional weeknights or Saturdays to accommodate clients’ schedules (flexibility required).
New Alternatives for Children was founded on the principle of inclusion. We strive to create and maintain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace at all levels. It is not enough to serve; we must strive to dismantle oppressive policies and practices.