The Mental Hygiene Division of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is responsible for policy, programs and provider oversight related to mental health; alcohol and drug use and developmental delays and disabilities. The Office of the Executive Deputy Commissioner Provider’s leadership and coordination across all bureaus and offices, including the Office of the Criminal Justice Special Advisor, who is charged with reducing the intersection of individuals with behavioral health issues with the criminal justice system.
The Office of the Criminal Justice Special Advisor seeks a Co-Response Coordinator to join a joint DOHMH/ New York City Police Department (NYPD) initiative, the Mental Health Unit (MHU), which consist of law enforcement and clinical professionals finding solutions for individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disorders whose inability to engage with services places them and/or the community at risk. Staff hired will share rotational responsibility for staffing both the MHU Triage Desk and providing Community Co-Response services to address the needs of identified individuals.
The individual will:
-Conduct community based outreach, with a law enforcement partner, to identified individuals.
-Provide crisis & clinical assessments/ interventions in the field.
-Coordinate with community services providers to link clients to urgent and longer term treatment services.
-Work with the FDNY-EMT and local hospitals around involuntary hospitalizations and safety issues.
-Coordinate with other collateral players, as needed.
-Collect client information necessary to track individuals.
-When appropriate, conduct follow-up to monitor an individual.
-Coordinate the daily functions of the Triage desk: Manage, with law enforcement partners, incoming and outgoing real-time information related to people possibly requiring a MHU response;
-Coordinate deployment of co-response teams and provide support to the team as needed throughout response activities.
-Work with other City agencies, community providers and relevant collateral contacts to coordinate appropriate responses to individuals in need at various points in the system.
-Manage all data input.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work.
For those who receive certification before September 1, 2004: A valid Certified Social Worker (CSW) certificate issued by the New York State Department of Education is required.
For those who receive certification after September 1, 2004: A valid Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) must be obtained within one year of the date of appointment. Employees who fail to obtain their LCSW or LMSW within one year after appointment will automatically have their probationary periods extended for no more than six months. Failure to obtain the LCSW or LMSW by the end of 18 months of service will result in dismissal.
-5 years direct service experience working with highly vulnerable populations, particularly the homeless, and people with health, mental health, substance abuse issues as well as families
-Experience working with Law Enforcement or other criminal justice entities
-Demonstrated knowledge and experience with evidenced-based interventions, including engagement and rapport building with hard to reach clients, harm reduction and motivational interviewing strategies, non-violent crisis intervention techniques
-Ability to respond quickly and effectively to crisis situations
-Ability to work independently and as part of a team and exercises mature and professional judgment
-Strong communication and conflict resolution skills
-Knowledge of community-based treatment systems in NYC
-Proficient in Microsoft Work suite
-Flexible, adaptable and have the capability to work in a fast paced, professional environment.
**Evenings and Weekends as needed
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov
In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 265349.
We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.