The Mental Health Practitioner Co-Occurring Disorder Specialist will be a member of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team in Hennepin County. On the ACT team, we provide 90% of our services in the community (including clients' homes, hospitals, or transitional housing). We service a population who have not had success with traditional mental health programs and who have transitioned from institutional settings. The Co-Occurring Disorder Specialist provides treatment services to promote recovery and community integration of adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders to reduce use of inpatient hospital stays. Work is primarily based in the community and uses the evidence-based practice Assertive Community Treatment adapted for the agency and population’s specific needs. Some responsibilities include conducting drug and alcohol assessments; crisis intervention; individual and group interventions related to substance use and abuse, with a focus on prevention and harm reduction. Work with individual clients to assess needs and assist in achievement of their goals (focus on dual diagnosis clients). The schedule is primarily Tuesday-Saturday, daytime hours.
- Work with the team to provide ACT services for clients, assume primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating and revising overall recovery goals and plans in collaboration with the client and the treatment team per ACT fidelity.
- Facilitate development of comprehensive assessments, individualized treatment plans, substance abuse treatment, and other tools necessary to promote recovery.
- Take the lead as "expert" in chemical health and provide education and support to the team about appropriate stage wise treatment as well as emerging drug trends.
- Provide leadership to the team in assessing, planning and treating substance abuse for assigned clients both individually and in groups. Facilitate co-occurring evidenced-based practices as the need is identified.
- Facilitate admissions to inpatient CD treatment and linkage to community resources for outpatient support.
- Work with clients on all aspects of psychiatric rehabilitation, support, and psychotherapeutic interventions identified in the treatment plan.
- Will provide coaching and education on independent living skills such as cooking, shopping, cleaning, personal hygiene, transportation, budgeting, organization, and housing.
- Collaborate with the Vocational Specialist to encourage competitive employment and assist in fostering positive work skills for clients.
- Collaborate with ACT nurse and health care providers to promote the client's physical and dental wellness goals.
- Attend commitment and other court hearings as required. Complete required court reports, and testify when requested.
- File reports with Vulnerable Adult, Child Protection, the Ombudsman’s Office, and other mandated/required reports when applicable.
- Work within a multidisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrist, team leader, mental health professionals/practitioners, certified peer specialist, nurses, vocational specialist, substance abuse specialist, and team coordinator.
- Actively and assertively engage with the clients and their family members/significant others, including landlords and employers (with client approval).
- Provide on-call crisis intervention covering evening hours and serve as a backup to evening and weekend staff on a rotating schedule.
- Available to work weekend, evening, and holidays as needed.
- Attend and participate in scheduled team meetings.
- Provide transportation when applicable to clients' treatment plan goals.
- Promptly respond to email, text, and telephone communication.
- Complete all documentation, reports, and charting contemporaneously and in an organized manner per ACT policy and procedure manual.
- Participate actively in on-going professional growth and development; maintain appropriate professional behavior and participate in supervision as determined by supervisor.
- Actively participate in the coordination and discharge planning with clients for IRTS, hospital, treatment, and other community services
- Maintain a pattern of regular work hours.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Education & Experience
- Bachelors or Masters Degree in Behavioral Sciences or related field.
- 2000 hours of experience working with adults with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders
- Preferred: LADC license
Must maintain required continuing education units according to individual professional license.
- Be knowledgeable about and utilize various chemical health treatment modalities such as harm reduction and motivational interviewing.
- Knowledge of symptoms and course of serious and persistent mental illness as well as medications and other therapies.
- Knowledge of current principles, practices and techniques of case management.
- Knowledge of community resources.
- Have knowledge of evidence-based clinical practices and empirically-supported treatments.
- Have demonstrable working knowledge of vulnerable adult laws and other pertinent statutes and regulations.
- Knowledge of supportive counseling techniques, independent living skills/teaching and crisis intervention techniques.
- Assess and manage crisis situations.
- Utilizes crisis and risk assessment tools for suicidal and aggressive behavior.
- Develop and maintain appropriate therapeutic relationship with clients.
- Ability to navigate electronic healthcare record, and other computer software.
- Able to problem solve using analytical skills, creativity and logical thinking to reach a solution.
- Able to work under pressure in a fast paced time sensitive environment with shifting priorities and multiple deadlines.
- Multitask in an environment with multiple distractions is a must.
- Must have good interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and be part of an ACT team.
- Be able to speak, clearly understand, and write the English language.
- Must have a car, a current MN driver’s license, valid auto insurance and be able to drive during the day or evening hours that may require you to drive in the dark.
- Be able to accommodate flexible working hours.
Essential Physical Functions:
- Type frequently.
- Drive frequently.
- Sit often.
- Stand occasionally.
- Walk frequently.
- Climb up to 10 flights of stairs.
- Lift 40 pounds or more.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
This position operates in a professional office environment. Occasionally exposed to a variety of different work conditions including but not limited to, being outdoors during inclement weather, construction sites, exposure to excessive temperatures hot/cold.
ReEntry House, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other protected class status.