CASAC - Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (Spanish Speaking)
Vibrant Emotional Health

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Post Date: Nov 05, 2019
Job Type: Full Time
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Location: US - New York
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Formerly the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), Vibrant Emotional Health’s groundbreaking solutions have delivered high quality services and support, when, where and how people need it for over 50 years. Through our state-of-the-art technology-enabled services, community wellness programs, and advocacy and education work, we are building a society in which emotional wellness can be a reality for everyone.

Title: CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor)
Reports to: Director of Preventive Services

Position Summary: The CASAC is responsible for providing substance use assessments and referrals, advocacy, case management, and supportive services to families involved with the Family Link Plus Family Treatment and Rehabilitation (FTR) Program and the Family Link General Preventive (GP) Program. Promotion of quality services, family empowerment and provision of support to family members are central features of this position. The CASAC functions as a support and referral source for the families as well as a guide to the substance use services. The CASAC is primarily focused on meeting with families and staff in the FTR program while supporting staff around the family’s substance use assessments for the GP program.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
•Work in collaboration with other staff members of the program to provide supportive services that meet the needs of children, youth, and families, i.e., advocacy and referral to services needed, including but not limited to drug and alcohol rehabilitation/ services, mental health services, health services, education, day care, housing, vocational guidance, employment and financial entitlements.
•Conduct home and field visits per the standards of the program.
•Conduct screenings, intakes, and initial assessments as needed, and assist Case Planners with the development of Family Assessment & Service Plan (FASPs) and other assessments as needed.
•Provide substance use education and casework counseling to all FTR clients who have or suspected to have substance use disorders. Review assessments for the GP clients with staff and provide services to clients as needed.
•Assist all FTR clients with rehabilitation and provide wrap-around support to increase independence, community connection and goal achievement. Provide support to GP clients on an as needed basis.
•Facilitate client access to community support services including medical, mental health, substance abuse, social/recreational services, housing and entitlements.
•Outreach and make presentations about the programs to schools, early intervention programs, clinics and other community-based service providers.
•Comply with NYC Children’s Services Standards and Indicators for Purchased Preventive Services and duties outlined in Program Manual.
•Provide assistance during extensive co-worker absences or vacations and higher caseload as needed in times of crisis/staff shortages.
•Attend and participate in Family Team Conferences, encouraging the families to participate in the conferences.
•Attend weekly supervisory sessions and attend monthly staff and other programmatic meetings.
•Complete required documentation in a timely manner utilizing the computer, such as progress notes in Connections and contacts in PROMIS.
•Perform crisis response services, as required.

•CASAC certification.
•Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.
•Must have experience navigating the substance use and mental health systems in NYC.
•Knowledge of the child welfare systems as well as community/ supportive services in the Bronx is helpful.
•Experience in community organization, group facilitation, and computer skills are helpful.
•Bilingual and bi-cultural candidates are encouraged to apply.
•Bilingual Spanish preferred.

Vibrant Emotional Health is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, caregiver status or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.