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 charged with reducing the intersection of individuals with behavioral health issues and the criminal justice system.
The Office of the Criminal Justice Special Advisor seeks a qualified clinician to join a new DOHMH and New York City Police Department (NYPD) project, a Mental Health Unit (MHU)
which employs law enforcement/clinical co-response teams to find solutions for individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disorders whose inability to engage with services places them at an increasing risk to themselves and/or the community.
The position will be based in Manhattan.
DOHMH seeks one (1) Co-Response coordinator to participate on the DOHMH/NYPD Co-Response Unit comprised of interdisciplinary professionals sharing responsibility for both staffing the Unit’s triage desk and providing community co-response services to address the needs of identified individuals. As this is a joint effort between the NYC DOHMH and NYC
NYPD staff hired will be required the use of bullet resistant vests, will be transported in the field in NYPD marked vehicles and be required to work during holidays and a non-traditional work schedule.
Specifically you will have rotational responsibility including both as follows:
- Conduct community bas ed outreach to identified individuals jointly with NYPD Co-Response officers.
- Provide field-based crisis & non-crisis clinical assessments/interventions.
- Coordinate and link clients to urgent and/or longer term treatment services and supports.
- Coordinate with families, service providers, other parties, as needed.
- Collect and track client information necessary to provide effective assistance.
- Conduct follow-up client monitoring and interventions, as needed.
- Manage, wit h law enforcement partners, all referrals, and all other incoming and outgoing information related to Unit activity;
- 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 other partners to coordinate appropriate responses to individuals i n need at various points in the system;
- Manage all data input.
Minimum Qual Requirements
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and either:
1. A Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university in the school of social work, or 60 graduate semester credits from an accredited university in social work,
psychology, health, rehabilitation, public health, psychiatric nursing or special education; plus one year of full-time, satisfactory experience providing direct care in a social, psychiatric,
health, mental retardation/developmental disabilities or substance abuse/chemical dependency/alcoholism agency or in the administration of a
program providing direct care as described above, or as a consultant on program planning or evaluation for such services; or
2. A Master's degree of at least 30 graduate semester credits from an accredited university in psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health, special education,
psychiatric nursing, counseling, human services, health, rehabilitation, public administration, or business administration; plus two years of experience as described in "1" above; or
3. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience. Candidates without either a Master's degree as described in "1" or "2" above or at least 60 graduate semester credits in
the areas listed in "1" above, must have at least:
a) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited col lege or university and one year of actual experience as described in "1" above; plus
b) a satisfactory combination of: (i) graduate semester credits in the areas listed in "1" and "2" above; and/or (ii) additional experience as described in "1" above, to equal 60 graduate
semester credits or 2 years of experience. Graduate semester credits from an accredited university may be substituted for the experience in qualification "3 b)" only, on the basis of
30 graduate semester credits for each year of experience. Experience may be substituted for graduate semester credits in qualification "3 b)" only, on the basis of one year of
experience for each 30 graduate semester credits.
NOTE: For assignment to Assignment Level II, in addition to meeting the above qualification requirements, all candidates must have one additional year of experience as described in 1" above.
- 2 years of direct service experience working with highly vulnerable populations, particularly the homeless, people with health, mental health, substance abuse issues;
- 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;
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 296630.
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.
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