Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based practice model designed to provide treatment, rehabilitation and support services to individuals who are diagnosed with a severe mental illness and whose needs have not been well met by more traditional mental health services. The ACT team provides services directly to an individual that are tailored to meet his or her specific needs.
ACT teams are multi-disciplinary and include members from the fields of psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, substance abuse and vocational rehabilitation. Based on their respective areas of expertise, the team members collaborate to deliver integrated services of the clients' choice, assist in making progress towards goals, and adjust services over time to meet clients' changing needs and goals. The staff-to-client ratio is small (one clinician for every ten clients), and services are provided 24-hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as they are needed.
ACT teams deliver comprehensive and flexible treatment, support, and rehabilitation services to individuals in their natural living settings rather than in hospital or clinic settings. This means that interventions and skills teaching are carried out at the locations where individuals live, work, and socialize and where support is needed. ACT teams share responsibility for the people they serve and use assertive engagement to proactively engage individuals in treatment.
Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) teams provide ACT services and other enhanced services to ACT-eligible individuals who also have criminal justice involvement. The team serves consumers on parole, probation, returning to the community from jails and prisons, participating in alternative-to-incarceration and treatment court services, and those with histories of high-risk and violent behavior.
ACT and FACT Team Clinicians provide expertise in the areas of family support, criminal justice issues, substance use, housing, employment, and wellness self-management.
• Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to provide services consistent with the ACT model
• Participate in daily team meetings to review and plan client services
• Provide the expected number of services to clients each month, 80% of which are in the community
• Complete required documentation in a timely and high quality manner
• Work collaboratively with clients, their families, and community partners to assist clients in achieving their treatment and recovery goals
• Coordinate client care through close involvement with hospitals, substance use treatment facilities, etc.
• Provide 24-hour crisis intervention on-call services on rotating basis
• Complete immediate needs assessments, comprehensive psychosocial assessments, individualized service plans, and crisis/relapse prevention plans
• Conduct specialized clinical assessments of violence risk, suicide risk, substance use, trauma, and criminogenic needs
• Conduct other required assessments with clients, such as Child and Adult Integrated Reporting System (CAIRS) reports, Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) reports, and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) eligibility assessments
• Use evidence based treatments in the areas of mental health and substance abuse to address client needs (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care)
• Provide services to assist clients with needs such as family support, housing, entitlements, employment, education, vocational interests, community integration, and connection to physical health care
• Provide services to assist clients with needs such as legal advocacy, navigating the criminal justice system, coordination with legal agencies
• LMSW, LCSW, LMHC with current New York State license or credential
• At least two years of experience providing services to adults with serious mental illness
• Must have or be eligible to have NY State ID (non-drivers or drivers license)
• Knowledge and experience of electronic health records (specifically AWARDS by Footholds) preferred
• Spanish speaking a plus
• Individuals with lived experience in the areas of mental health, substance use, or criminal justice are encouraged to apply
Benefits: Here at CASES we offer benefits that will assist you in making the most of your career and your life. Our programs include health and wellness insurance which is offered through Aetna. A retirement 403(b) plan is held with Principal, education, and training. Additionally, our portable ancillary benefits are offered through Aflac, Legal Shield, and ADP Flexible spending account; which is then deducted through payroll along with commuter benefits, additional short-term disability, cancer, additional income protection, hospitalization coverage, and identity theft protection.
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