Senior Behavioral Health Coordinator, MSW - bilingual English/Spanish - BFL Apartments

Barrier Free Living (BFL) is dedicated to helping New Yorkers with disabilities live independently in the community. Through its various programs, BFL provides a broad range of residential and non-residential services to disabled survivors of domestic violence, to the disabled homeless, and support to physically disabled
individuals with mental health and/or chemical addiction issues.

BFL Apartments (BFLA) is a NY/NY III type supportive housing program. BFLA offers services to vulnerable and needy populations who are survivors of domestic violence, specifically, homeless disabled adults and disabled veterans and families. This program’s facility is located in the South Bronx. There are two buildings: a 70-unit studio apartment building for single adult (SPMI-chronic homeless population A) and a 50-unit apartment building for families (SPMI/MICA-chronic homeless population G). This position reports to Director of Social Services/Program Director.

Responsibilities:
• Coordinator will hold a case load of 10-16 SPMI/MICA tenants
• Complete program Intake/Assessment of new tenants
• Ensure that tenant receives individualized services that are appropriate to their strengths, problems and expressed needs (based on ongoing assessments)
• Meet with tenants to discuss related service plan goals and benchmarks (In office or home visits)
• Provide individual supportive counseling with tenants to assist in developing skills to stabilize their medical, psychosocial and behavioral health status
• Provide crisis intervention and other services to assist tenants to develop coping skills
• Collaborate with interdisciplinary team to obtain strategies to assist tenants in achieving identified goals to maintain stability
• Accompany tenants to New York City Family/Criminal/Housing Court hearings (Tenant Advocacy as needed)
• Provide referrals for legal assistance and any other service provider within the community as needed
• Be familiar with how to identify and report the signs and symptoms of Child/Adult abuse and neglect
• Assist tenant with any ACS/APS or Prevention services requirements
• Inform all residents of their rights and the process for filing grievances
• Assist with the complete apartment inspections, tobacco-use cessation and vocational assessments as required by DOHMH and OPRE guidelines
• Monitor tenant’s ability to pay rent and utility bills to ensure housing stability
• Participate in staff/case conference meetings, supervision and required trainings
• Ensuring timely and accurate entry of progress notes in AWARDS
• Comply with all agency and program policies and procedures

Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or related field
• Experience in supportive counseling, harm reduction stages of change model, motivational interviewing, and trauma informed care.
• Experience working with mental illness, substance users, victim and survivors of domestic violence and familiarity with disability issues (a plus)
• Excellent computer skills (PC)
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work in fast-paced, NY/NY III supportive housing environment a must.
• Excellent language skills in American Sign Language or bilingual English/Spanish (a plus).
• Valid NYS drivers licence (a plus).

Start Date: ASAP

Salary: $57,000.00       Hours: 35 hours per week, one evening per week, work one Saturday, on call social worker one week per month (flexible)

Benefit Package: Full Time Position with Benefit Package: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Retirement Plan, Paid vacation, Sick days, Personal days, Paid National Holidays and more.

 

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