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.
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.