Family Specialist (LMSW,LMHC,LCSW only) - Brooklyn ACT Team

  • 151 Lawrence St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The mission of CASES is to increase public safety through innovative services that reduce crime and incarceration, improve behavioral health, promote recovery and rehabilitation, and create opportunities for success in the community.

  • We are committed to helping people—regardless of their past choices, present struggles, or future obstacles—to build the capacity and courage to change their lives.
  • We tailor our services to each individual’s unique needs, risks, and strengths and believe the most effective programs are evidence-based, family-focused, and trauma-informed.
  • We are committed to engaging the community by leveraging partnerships and resources to maximize our clients’ opportunities for success.

Our team:

We recognize that each CASES staff member is critical. We are a team strengthened by our diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents and united by a common purpose.

We are determined to continuously enhance our knowledge and skills, evaluate our results, and learn from our successes and failures.

Our impact on the community:

We believe public safety is best protected through alternatives to incarceration that combine accountability and support with empowerment and opportunity.

We are committed—through continuous innovation and the strategic disruption of ineffective responses to crime, addiction, and mental illness—to creating solutions for some of the city’s most difficult public safety and public health challenges.

Reports to: Team Leader

The CASES Brooklyn ACT team provides non-traditional community based mental health treatment to promote the recovery and community integration of 68 adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders living in Brooklyn, to reduce use of ERs and inpatient hospital stays. The Family Specialist is an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team of mental health clinicians. The specialist delivers routine ACT treatment services and has lead responsibility for integrating family goals and services with the tasks of all team members and for providing family psycho-education. Proving at least 80% of treatment contacts in consumer homes, shelters, and other community locations the specialist supports consumers to achieve wellness, recovery and positive relationships in the community. We are looking for a clinician with extensive experience working with adults with serious mental illness and experience in family assessment and intervention, psycho-education and other family support services, including cognitive-behavioral strategies. Specific responsibilities include:

Job Description

  • Complete the ACT comprehensive assessment
  • Identify services consumers should receive in ACT based on assessment of history, current relationships and supports, and immediate needs and recommend treatment objectives for the consumer’s service plan
  • During the assessment obtains information: a) to establish the nature and degree risk of social relationships and associated harmful behaviors, and interventions required to promote progress towards recovery, and b) lead the ACT team in daily meetings and weekly clinical meetings around family issues and incorporate findings into service plans
  • Build in review and evaluation points, and modifies the service plan in the light of feedback from recipients and relevant others
  • Develop comprehensive service plans and 6-month service plan reviews in collaboration with the consumer and the consumer’s support system
  • Involve family and significant others in the consumer’s treatment with the ACT team and provide psycho-education
  • Complete 6-month comprehensive assessment and crisis intervention and relapse prevention plans, progress notes and significant data in timely manner utilizing EHR
  • Provide individual mental health, relapse prevention, and psycho-education based on motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral strategies Complete at least 68 face to face treatment contacts in the community each month
  • Assess and provide supports to consumers to address needs for problem-solving, wellness self-management, housing, education and vocational training, social supports, employment, and primary care.
  • Act as advocate and liaison for consumers in relationships with family, support systems, landlords and other community supports
  • Provide 24-hour crisis intervention on-call services on rotating basis
  • Provide 80 percent of treatment contacts in the community
  • Provide culturally competent services in accordance with CASES policies and practice
  • Submit Incident Reports as required to the NYS Justice Center, OMH via NIMRS system, NY Safe Act and SCR.
  • Participate in data collection and completion of CAIRS assessments and DOH Community Mental Health Assessment.
  • Collaborate and participate in AOT reporting.
  • Complete required core ACT trainings and other trainings required by CASES.
  • Participate effectively in team processes; and in regularly scheduled supervision with Team Leader.


  • At least three years of experience working in human services with individuals with serious mental illness and those with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders
  • Experience understanding family systems based on diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Experience understanding various evidence-based models and theories pertaining to psycho-education, motivational interviewing, serious mental illness and recovery
  • Extensive knowledge of Assertive Community Treatment, family community support services such as NAMI, and community resources
  • Highly organized and self-motivated
  • Proficient in computers
  • Bilingual/Bicultural preferred

Additional Information

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

CASES is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with CASES is based solely on qualifications and competence for a particular position, without regard to race, color, ethnic or national origin, age, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital, military, or citizenship status. We also actively recruit individuals with prior involvement in the criminal justice system.Your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


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