SUMMARY:

Community Support Specialist (CSS) is the primary employee responsible for supporting clients ages 12-21 to obtain resources and skills needed to function at optimal capacity and life satisfaction while living with a mental health and/or substance use disorder.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate in the development of a person-centered treatment plan designed to support the client in reaching his or her goals
  • Assist and support clients in crisis situations
  • Provide services in natural settings to include home, school, court, other social service agencies
  • Advocate for the client with school, probation and other community providers
  • Provide referrals to other LAYC departments or outside agencies
  • Educate, support and consult with client’s families and their support system, which is directed exclusively to the well-being and benefit of the client
  • Provide individual intervention for the development of interpersonal and community coping skills, including adapting to home, school, and work environments
  • Assist the client in symptom self-monitoring and self-management for the identification and minimization of the negative effects of behavioral health symptoms which interfere with the client’s daily living, financial management, personal development, or school or work performance
  • Support client in taking psychiatric medications as prescribed and supports client/family in communicating needs with treating psychiatrist
  • Participate in case reviews and collaborate with interdisciplinary team members
  • Document all contacts, referrals and consultations in the electronic medical record within 48 hours
  • Understand and apply state and federal confidentiality regulations with regard to client’s records and correspondence
  • Maintain ongoing contact with families and significant others team members to update them to the client’s progress in treatment
  • Attend regular individual and group supervision
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Clinical Supervisor and Program Director
  • Improve professional skills by attending workshops, seminars, and training sessions

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: 

  • A. in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or related field, or experience working in a mental health/substance abuse facility or a community-based and multicultural setting
  • At least one-year experience working with adolescents in the mental health and or substance use disorders fields
  • Experience intervening with culturally diverse populations through a youth-centered approach
  • Flexible schedule, including some evenings
  • Complete FBI, Local Police and child abuse and neglect clearances
  • Complete physical evaluation
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Knowledge of community and local resources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Fluency in English and Spanish required
  • Computer proficiency

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 This position requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. Require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally on a regular basis.

TO APPLY

Please send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Mohler at elizabeth@layc-dc.org