ACT Vocational Specialist

St. Louis, MO 63101

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Position Description

The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Vocational Specialist , as part of the ACT multidisciplinary team, will provide treatment, rehabilitation, advocacy and case management services to clients in the program with serious and persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders.

• Conduct ongoing comprehensive assessments of mental illness, physical health, housing status and other relevant needs of clients
• Manage primary case load by completing treatment plans, DLA-20s and coordinating care through monthly client schedules
• Assist clients in seeking competitive employment in the community
• Coach job interviewing skills and assist clients with employment paperwork
• Participate in job development activities including building relationships with employers in community
• Assist clients with making and keeping appointments and any other tasks that are required through the client recovery process
• Provide person centered direct clinical services to clients on an individual and group basis in the office and in community settings by making appropriate changes in treatment plans to ensure clients’ ability to cope with internal and external stressors
• Facilitate treatment planning with an emphasis on fostering personal growth and development towards recovery and wellness
• Refer clients to appropriate community agencies and assisting when needed
• Act as advocate and liaison, consulting with community agencies and program clients to maintain coordination in the treatment process
• Collaborate with other members of the ACT team during daily and weekly staff meetings
• Provide on-call crisis intervention in coordination with other ACT team members, covering nighttime hours, holidays and weekends
• Maintain St. Patrick Center client tracking system and client files including treatment plans, documenting client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity within 24 hour time frame required by DMH and BJC/administrative agent
• Be responsible for agency policy regarding work hours, building security and all written personnel standards
• Ensure the care model by interacting with all other St. Patrick Center programs
• Train other team members about supported employment services


• BA, BSW preferred from an accredited university and/or five years of experience in related area
• Must be a Qualified Mental Health Professional
• Understanding of mental illness and substance use
• Experience in counseling and case management/wrap-around services
• Experience in conducting home visits
• Knowledge and understanding of community agencies
• Knowledge of federal, state and agency HIPAA policies
• Must possess current Class E Driver’s license (MO residents only)

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Counseling and crisis intervention expertise
• Self-motivation due to the autonomous nature of the position
• Respect for clients and staff
• Sensitivity to cultural diversity
• Ability to work in a team atmosphere
• Moderate computer skills

• Report to and work with Manager of Behavioral Health Programs (ACT Team Lead)
• Attend and participate in all appropriate St. Patrick Center meetings

• Mileage reimbursement
• Off site trainings
• Partner agencies (networking opportunities)

Type: Full-time