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PACT Wellness Specialist/ Mental health worker

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services Newark, NJ
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, Inc

SCHEDULE: 8-4:30p ( Tuesday- Saturday ) with one late night 10:30a-7p

Position Overview:

As part of a multi-disciplinary, core services team, provides wellness assessment and direct services to people who have serious mental illness and who are enrolled in the PACT Program.

Create and Maintain:

  • A wellness and recovery-oriented environment by using person-first language, respectful documentation, person-centered planning, and evidence based practices. All services provided will promote a wellness and recovery outcome.
  • A culture of compliance with internal and external policies, regulations, laws and high ethical standards


  • As a team member in the frequent monitoring and assessment of the mental health status of persons receiving services as well as related variables, including significant others, the home and the community in which the person served lives
  • Within the team, in the development of psychosocial and comprehensive assessments and an individualized recovery plan
  • In clinical and non-clinical team meetings, including individual and team supervision

Develops and Implements:

  • Illness self-management and recovery action plans with people receiving services


  • Mental health education, community living skills training, and supportive counseling in the home and other natural environments to person served and significant others
  • Symptom assessment and management, medication monitoring, medication education and monitoring of side effects
  • Wellness services including education and cognitive/behavioral interventions on nutrition, diet, exercise, stress reduction strategies and other wellness tools
  • 24-hour on-call coverage on a rotating schedule
  • Rapid and flexible response to crisis, including but not limited to: accompanying the person to the local screening center or psychiatric emergency service and remaining with the person during the assessment process
  • Outreach to new persons served and encourages reluctant individuals to accept mental health services through interventions with person served and/or family members and friends concerned with the welfare of the person served
  • Technical assistance and education to members of the team in the area of recovery and wellness. Works with the team to develop materials and strategies for teaching wellness strategies including Wellness Recovery Action Plans, instilling hope, promoting choice and empowerment, and spirituality, in conjunction with the team
  • Assess individuals’ daily living skills, and teach individuals needed skills in the areas of budgeting, cooking, laundry, cleaning, shopping, personal hygiene, community transportation, self-advocacy and ways to maintain housing
  • Support to assist persons served to find and maintain employment and/or education/training


  • With other service providers and resource people regarding the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation needs of the people receiving services

Coordinates and Monitors:

  • Documentation for charts assigned as directed by supervisor(s)
  • Timely documentation and the inclusion of family and/or significant others as permitted by person served


  • Bachelor’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work or related area and at least two years experience in the provision of mental health services, or a Master's degree in counseling, psychology, social work or related area and at least one year experience in the provision of mental health services
  • Valid drivers license required
  • No more than one moving violation in the past twelve months
  • Vehicle required

Agency Computer use:

  • MS Office applications, with strong emphasis in MS Word.
  • Must be willing to learn and utilize all current and future computer applications and technology as related to the position
  • Operate a personal computer, (including computer accessories) and successfully navigate in order to access e-mail, electronic calendars and other basic office support software as well as web based programs such as Essential Learning, electronic time sheets and Credible.

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services

Why Work Here?

Bonus Program

Our Mission, Values, & Principles MISSION STATEMENT Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services facilitates, promotes, and fosters recovery from mental illness and co-occurring problems. We inspire and support individuals to become productive citizens who are fully engaged in their communities by creating opportunities for wellness, independent living, learning, working and social inclusion. STATEMENT OF VALUES Bridgeway champions the right of every individual toward self-determination, wellness, and recovery. All people at Bridgeway are treated with dignity, respect, understanding and compassion. Every person is supported in his or her recovery journey and in achieving goals in the areas of employment, education, independent housing, health and wellness, relationship and social support building. Bridgeway promotes respect for cultural and ethnic differences, and views these differences as opportunities for shared learning and growth for each person receiving services, family and significant others, employees, and other stakeholders. As a part of Bridgeway's commitment to providing quality innovative services, a strong effort is made in hiring people with psychiatric disabilities in all agency positions. BRIDGEWAY PRINCIPLES Persons receiving services at Bridgeway are offered a wide range of vocational, educational, living and social opportunities to assist them to improve their skills, self-esteem, and sense of belonging to the larger community. These services are provided within a framework of operating principles that promote psychiatric rehabilitation, wellness and recovery: 1. Hope People who have psychiatric disabilities can lead productive, satisfying lives. This belief instills hope and is directly communicated through the words and actions of staff. Services will be offered that incorporate environments that support recovery, person-first language, cultural and spiritual acceptance, and practices that promote recovery. 2. Individualized Services Each person is unique with his/her own needs, skills, culture, and aspirations. Services are stage-based, incorporate best practice, and focus on relationship building. Each person is encouraged and empowered to establish recovery goals, assess skills and abilities, identify resources and develop and implement plans relevant to his/her desires, needs and preferences. 3. Choice and Responsibility Each person is empowered to see that they have choices and to take responsibility for directing their own recovery. Staff respects the autonomy of each person and works in a collaborative effort assisting him/her to identify choices and to evaluate all possible outcomes of their decisions. People receiving services are encouraged and expected to move forward and take calculated risks toward their journey of recovery. 4. Community Integration The local community comprised of family, friends, businesses and citizens at large, is an important element of support for rehabilitation and recovery. People receiving services are encouraged to become part of the larger community to the fullest extent possible by taking on roles such as worker, friend, neighbor, and student. Strengthening relationships within the person's own family is encouraged to the greatest extent possible. 5. Skill Development People receiving services are offered education and skills relevant to meeting their recovery goals. Bridgeway supports people in skill development and provides opportunities for practice, giving feedback and encouragement. As people begin to learn and work in the larger community, reliance on mental health services gradually decreases. 6. Drug Free Living We acknowledge that many people have substance abuse issues. With the acceptance of this fact, a holistic program of recovery is offered to help each person achieve a lifestyle free of drug and alcohol dependence. This approach allows for the individualization of services, since it meets each person at his/her stage of recovery. An assertive engagement approach is used if the person is not yet ready to confront his/her substance abuse issues. People who are in pre-contemplation are assisted to develop healthy living skills, lengthen the time between relapses, and build intrinsic motivation to work on recovery goals. 7. Recovery Journey Recovery is an individual's way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and independent life. Bridgeway staff will model, support and follow each person's recovery journey toward wellness encompassing the emotional, physical and spiritual facets of life.


Newark , NJ
Newark, NJ