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Therapist / Licensed Social Worker - PEARLS/ Mental Health Department

New York, NY
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $33 Hourly
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: medical, vision, 401k, dental, life insurance,
Job Description

Position Overview

JASA operates one of three City-funded Community Guardian programs in the City. Under the program, JASA is appointed the legal guardian of incapacitated adults under Article 81 of New York's Mental Hygiene Law. The authority or powers granted to a Guardian by the Court are tailored to the individual's specific needs to maximize their independence. Powers may include decision-making over personal matters (where a person lives, health care, sharing confidential records), finance matters (collecting and managing income and bills), and legal matters (representing or defending clients in various cases). JASA may have narrow, time-limited authority or broad, indefinite authority. This program involves intensive Judicial and government oversight and accountability. The role of the Quality Assurance Associate is to help ensure the program is meeting its obligations.


Under the supervision of Program Manager, in accordance with the standards of the social work profession and requirements of the funding source, the PEARLS Therapist/ Licensed Master Social Worker will:

  • Determine program eligibility for individuals referred to the PEARLS program for treatment of depression and/or depressive symptoms.

  • Provide in-home or telehealth treatment visits on a full time basis, using the PEARLS’ Problem Solving Treatment & Behavioral Activation intervention models to an identified caseload of older adult clients who could benefit from depression treatment.

  • Administer PHQ-9 depression questionnaire and other mental health screening tools to clients so as to screen for possible disorders and impairments requiring mental health services.

  • Attend DOHMH approved PEARLS training and complete online refresher training annually thereafter.

  • Participate in group clinical supervision with the program’s psychiatrist/ clinical supervisor interdisciplinary team conferences, reviewing treatment plans, case monitoring and discharge planning, pursuant to sound professional practice and to federal, state and city guidelines.

  • Represent the agency at specific DOHMH events and meetings as well as other community conferences and meetings.

  • As appropriate, make referrals to and maintain cooperative relationships with public and voluntary agencies, programs, services and facilities.

  • Participate in training and other unit meetings.

  • Complete required case records, reports and statistics within mandated timeframes, utilizing computers (Netsmart EHR, NYCMED, Microsoft Excel, etc.).

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Possession of a New York State License in Social Work or mental health counseling is required.

  • Good writing/record keeping skills.

  • Ability to read, write, speak, and understand English.

  • Must be computer literate, including ability to learn and use program-specific software.

  • Ability to travel to clients’ homes and to negotiate any steps and barriers in clients’ residences.

  • Knowledge of Spanish will be helpful.

  • Understanding and appreciation of the roles of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference, and individual values as they relate to serving clients and families.



JASA is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment

Company Description
JASA's mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the aging in the New York metropolitan area so that they can remain in the community with dignity and autonomy.



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