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Mental Health Aide (CASAC)

START Treatment and Recovery Centers Brooklyn, NY
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

Position Summary:

Over the past 6 years, START has contracted with NYC Administration for Children’s Services to provide mental health services to adolescents in Secure & Non-Secure Juvenile detention. The role of the CASAC Mental Health Aide within detention facilities is centered around the milieu approach. The role of the CASAC Mental Health Aide in the milieu includes the provision of clinical services in a variety of treatment modalities (from Individual therapy, Group therapy, Crisis intervention, Family consultation & Discharge planning) with specific emphasis on substance use prevention & intervention strategies.


  • Under the oversight of the Clinical Supervisor, will conduct on going Substance Use Screening Assessments (CRAFFT) for adolescents in detention.
  • Will work collaboratively with mental health clinicians to provide evidence based substance use interventions as part of the broader treatment plan led by the mental health clinician
  • Use of evidence based protocols (ex. Teen Intervene, Seeking Safety etc.) through the modalities of individual & group therapy to address issues of substance use
  • On-going coordination & consultation with Case management to facilitate youth & family engagement & participation
  • Attend and participate in all hall meetings
  • Initiate interaction and peer consultation as needed with Medical, Psychiatry & Psychology treatment teams to enhance treatment planning around substance use issues & treatment planning.
  • Continually monitor and evaluate achievement of substance use goals set in treatment plan
  • Run substance use psychoeducation groups
  • Actively utilize supervision to enhance clinical skills and job performance
  • Actively pursue professional training needs by participating in educational activities which address specific clinical competencies
  • Practice and promote legal and ethical standards
  • Complete all required clinical documentation
  • Communicate with all DYFJ staff and agencies in order to promote mental health service delivery and discharge planning
  • Maintain the confidentiality of resident related information
  • Abide by all relevant institutional, departmental, and program policies and procedures and state and federal law.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree (in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling) required.
  • Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Certification required.
  • Min of two (2) to three (3) years of experience (Mental Health & Substance Use) with adolescents
  • Excellent computer experience in MS Office suite and other related programs.
  • Excellent presentation skills both verbal and written
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus not required.

Physical Requirements

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the Human Resources Specialist job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the position.

While performing the responsibilities of the role, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use his or her hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Limitations and Disclaimer

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.

START Treatment and Recovery Centers

START Treatment and Recovery Centers has been providing addiction treatment services for almost 50 years, in the hearts of communities that face multiple social challenges that can affect our client's path to recovery and overall health. By providing a mix of behavioral health, medication-assisted addiction treatment and primary care services in community-based settings across New York City, we offer our clients an ally in their recovery. More than that, we are one of the few independently-operated providers in this field to conduct leading-edge research into substance use and co-occurring disorders. START is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. START encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. START undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

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