Position Title: Program Specialist..CAT Team Position Location: 42-09 28th Street
Queens, ny 11101
Contact Name: margaret Piggott Contact Email: Contact Phone: 347-396-2151
CHCANYS Member Info: Non – Member
The Bureau of Mental Health is responsible for mental health service delivery to residents of New York City. The bureau fulfills this responsibility by managing the development, implementation, and oversight of ongoing and new mental health initiatives to ensure full access and quality care for all New York City residents. The Bureau is also responsible for procuring and overseeing treatment, rehabilitation, housing, case management, advocacy, and Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs. Bureau staff is responsible for managing the development, implementation, and oversight of ongoing and new contracted mental health programs in order to ensure full access to quality, community-integrated, recovery focused care for all residents.
The Office of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is responsible for the management and oversight of the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program in New York City. The New York State Legislature passed Kendra’s law as an amendment to the Mental Hygiene Law to allow for outpatient civil commitment of individuals with histories of serious mental illness, difficulty engaging in rehabilitation, and who present high risk to themselves or the community. The program enables these individuals to live safely in the community, avoid repeated inpatient hospitalizations, and ensure they have access to comprehensive outpatient services.
Additionally, the AOT program is responsible for management and oversight of the Citywide Assistance Team (CAT). The CAT team is responsible for coordinating the involuntary transport of court mandated individuals who do not adhere with their mental health treatment plans.
Reporting to the CAT team Director, the CAT clinician will be responsible for the coordination of involuntary transportation of court mandated individuals who do not follow their mental health treatment plans in accordance with Kendra’s Law, Mental Hygiene Law §9.60. The duties will include the following:
Review court ordered transport requests to determine that they are in accordance with legal mandates. - Coordinate all logistical issues pertaining to the involuntary transport of the individual to a psychiatric hospital in collaboration with the AOT teams, Care Coordinator(CC)/Assertive Clinical Treatment (ACT) teams, and the NYC Sheriff’s Office and/or NYPD. - Conduct investigations regarding missing individuals and communicate with family members, physicians, allied health staff, neighbors and others involved with the individual. Accompany the individual and sheriff or police to designated receiving psychiatric hospitals from Tuesday to Saturday. - Facilitate the admission process by sharing pertinent clinical information and safety concerns with appropriate hospital staff. - Provide follow-up information to AOT, CC/ACT teams and allied health staff concerning the disposition of the individual as needed. - Document all investigation and involuntary transport actions. - Maintain a productive working alliance with the NYC Sheriff’s Office and NYPD. -Maintain collaborative relationships with AOT clinicians and allied health providers involved with the care of the individual.
Minimum Qual Requirements
Graduation from an accredited graduate school of social work as evidenced by a master's degree or certificate and four years of full-time paid experience in public health, medical or psychiatric social work, at least two years of which must have been in a supervisory, administrative or consultative capacity. Within 18 months of the date of appointment, all candidates will be required to obtain a certificate as Certified Social Worker (CSW) issued by the New York State Department of Education.
A valid Certified Social Worker (CSW) certificate or Licensed Master of Social Work license (LMSW) issued by the New York State Department of Education must be obtained within one year of the date of appointment. Employees who fail to obtain their CSW or LMSW within one year after appointment will automatically have their probationary period extended for no more than six months. Failure to obtain the CSW or LMSW by the end of 18 months of service will result in dismissal.
The preferred candidate will possess extensive knowledge of Assisted Outpatient Treatment, mental health treatment services, and the service delivery system, present good oral and written communication skills, and ability to use Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, and Excel.
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number #211469 We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
42-09 28th Street
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.
The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer