Bond health staffing

Behavioral Health Specialist

Bond health staffing - New York, NY

Behavioral Health Specialist Needed

Full-Time-Manhattan Based Position


The Behavioral Health Specialist is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary Pathway Home. The role involves group and individual work to facilitate the transition of individuals from inpatient settings to the community by addressing their preparatory needs in the early stages of discharge planning and facilitating the development of skills and coping mechanisms, and connections to services and supports that forward personally meaningful and health-promoting goals. Under the direction of the Program Director, the Behavioral Health Specialist is a resource to other team members on issues related to mental health, substance use and other clinical concerns


  • Utilize a recovery-oriented, trauma-informed and harm reduction approach that promotes person-centeredness and self-determination.
  • Provide ongoing assessment and services to participants to address health and wellness, housing, income support, education, vocational training, employment and social supports.
  • Conduct informed and comprehensive psychosocial assessments to determine medical, psychiatric, housing and other social needs in the community, incorporating relevant historical and collateral information.
  • Provide direct individual and group services including: service planning and coordination; support with obtaining housing; developing social connections; strengthening family and other natural supports; family conferences and psycho-education to support network members; developing living skills and obtaining necessary resources; entitlement and financial management; empowerment and self- help; wellness self-management with a focus on developing coping skills; short-term counseling; safety planning; travel training; and support with medications.
  • Engage participants during inpatient stay, collaborating in transition planning and needs assessment of community-transition supports.
  • Establish collaborative working relationships with inpatient treatment teams, community providers, managed care plans and other partners when planning for discharge.
  • Monitor discharge plans pre- and post-transition.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of a short-term person centered plan and modify plan according to needs and preferences.
  • Foster and maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships with community providers and network members to facilitate connections or re-connections to services and supports.
  • Assess and follow-through with housing needs; complete HRA 2010e, assist with housing applications, interview preparation, move in, resource acquisition, communication with providers, and clinical needs to retain housing.
  • Accompany participants to initial behavioral health and medical appointments when available.
  • Timely and accurate monitoring, evaluation and documentation of participant information in AWARDS and GSI.
  • Provide 24 hour crisis intervention services on a rotating basis, including referrals to respite and other resources.
  • Attend and participate in supervision, team meetings and training as needed.
  • This position requires travel throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.


  • Commitment to person-centered treatment strategies, upholding participants' rights, and self-determination in service provision.
  • LMSW or LCSW in New York State required.
  • A minimum of 2 years' work experience with individuals with mental health concerns and other co-occurring conditions and experiences.
  • Knowledge of NYC behavioral health, health home and community support programs and systems.
  • Practice experience in harm reduction, person-centered, recovery and trauma-informed approaches.
  • Effective team worker.
  • Knowledge of crisis management techniques.
  • Experience with group work.
  • Excellent written, verbal and computational skills.
  • Ability to work with stakeholders who may have competing or divergent priorities.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule, mornings, evenings and weekends in response to participant needs.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Bilingual Spanish-speaking, preferred.
  • Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Justice Center.

Competitive salary + benefits!

For more information and to apply, please contact:
Howard Newman
Account Manager, Bond Health Staffing
5824 12th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11219
Office: 1-718-302-0040 ext. 204
Fax: 1-718-302-0070

Posted On: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Compensation: 60,000

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