Mental Health Specialist -Act
Location: St. Louis, MO 63101


Position Description
JOB TITLE: Mental Health Specialist: Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
AGENCY: St. Patrick Center
DEPARTMENT: Mental Health
REPORTS TO: Manager of Mental Health Programs – ACT
DATE OF REVIEW: January 2016

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
As part of the ACT multidisciplinary team, the Mental Health Specialist provides treatment, rehabilitation, advocacy, and case management services to program clients with severe and persistent mental illnesses and chemical dependency problems.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Conduct comprehensive, ongoing assessments of program clients’ mental illness, physical health, housing status and other relevant needs
• Provide direct clinical services to clients on an individual and group basis in the office and in community settings, making appropriate changes in treatment plans to ensure the client’s ability to cope with internal and external stresses
• Refer clients to appropriate community agencies, assisting clients when needed
• Act as liaison and consult 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
• Facilitate treatment planning groups, participating in setting treatment goals and plans with clients with an emphasis on facilitating personal growth and development towards recovery and wellness
• Provide on-call crisis intervention in coordination with other ACT team members, covering nighttime hours and weekends
• Maintain St. Patrick Center client tracking system and client files, documenting client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity
• Participate in Shamrock Day Program Activities as assigned
• 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
• Possess Missouri Class E Driver’s License (MO residents only)
• Other duties as assigned

DIRECT REPORTS:
• None

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
• Master’s degree and/or five years experience in related area
• Understanding of mental illness and substance abuse
• Experience in counseling and case management
• Knowledge and understanding of community agencies
• Knowledge of federal, state and agency policies of client confidentiality

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Good communication skills
• Counseling and crisis intervention expertise
• Self motivation
• Respect for clients and staff
• Sensitive to cultural diversity
• Able to work in a team atmosphere
• Moderate computer skills

RELATIONSHIPS REQUIRED:
• Report to and work with Manager of Mental Health Programs – ACT
• Attend and participate in all appropriate St. Patrick Center meetings

RESOURCES:
• Travel expenses
• Off site trainings
• Partner agencies


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