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JASA is participating in a Department for the Aging (DFTA) demonstration project, which seeks to test the effectiveness of embedding mental health professionals in senior centers so as to identify older people in need of assistance in dealing with mental health issues and to engage them in services. By bringing mental health clinicians to the centers, this demonstration will assess whether onsite engagement, intervention, and referral will lead to high levels of engagement and followup with services. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : The provision of Mental Health Crisis Intervention, Social Casework and Therapeutic Services in Senior Center locations in the Bronx to a caseload of older persons with psychiatric disturbances, dysfunction, and/or impairment. The psychiatric Social Worker will:
Utilize outreach strategies to engage older adults in mental health services in senior centers.
Provide evidence based mental health interventions in both individual and group modalities.
Administer Mental Status Examinations to older clients so as to screen for possible disorders and impairments requiring mental health services.
Participate in interdisciplinary team conferences, reviewing treatment and case plans, case monitoring and discharge planning, pursuant to sound professional practice and to federal, state and city guidelines.
Responsible for the provision of the full range of psychiatric social services to an identified caseload of older adult clients who could benefit from mental health care including:
o In the capacity of Primary Therapist to develop, implement, monitor and document treatment plans. o To provide individual and family psychotherapy in the resolution of problems of the client(s) and family. o To provide appropriate information to clients and collaterals regarding the normal physical, social and psychological development of individuals, challenges to functioning presented by conditions of impairment, disease, social stresses and dysfunction and geropsychiatric disorders and ways of coping and preserving individual functioning and autonomy. o To provide specific information about health, welfare, education and recreation services available to serve the older client, with particular reference to resources for geropsychiatric patients and o As appropriate, to make referrals to, and maintain cooperative relationships with public and voluntary agencies, programs, services and facilities.
Under psychiatric supervision, conduct group psychotherapy service for clients and families.
Participate in staff committees, program planning, conferences and meetings
Represents the agency at specific DFTA events and meetings as well as other community conferences and meetings
May expand to in home visits to clients to evaluate client functioning, monitor risk, assess the status of current services, and update and revise the case plan? seeking appropriate guidance from the supervisor in situations requiring clarification and consultation.
Participates in training and unit meetings.
Completes required case records, reports and statistics within mandated time frames, utilizing computers (Netsmart EHR, STARS, Microsoft excel, etc..)
Performs other duties as assigned.
Graduate of an Accredited College or University with a Master of Social Work and clinical concentration
New York State Certification in Social Work preferred. LCSW Required
Ability to read, write, speak, and understand English and Spanish.
Good writing/record keeping skills.
Ability to travel to clients' homes using mass transit, and to negotiate any steps and barriers in clients' residences.
An understanding and appreciation of the roles of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference,and individual values have as they relate to serving clients and families.
JASA's mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the aging in the New York metropolitan area so that they can remain in the community with dignity and autonomy.Founded in 1968, JASA is one of New York’s largest and most trusted agencies serving older adults in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island. We provide life sustaining programs for seniors and peace of mind for their fa...milies and friends.We fulfill the Jewish value of honoring the aging while serving adults of all races, religions, and economic backgrounds.