Mental Health Connecticut is a statewide not-for-profit agency that provides direct services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness, presents workshops about mental health, and mounts reform efforts to help shape state policies and laws.
MHC has an immediate full-time opening (Mainly first shift with some flexibility based on program needs) for a bilingual English/American Sign Language (ASL) Employment Specialist within the West Hartford area. The Employment Specialist for this position must have the ability to fluently communicate with both hearing individuals as well as individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Employment Specialist provides employment services to adults in recovery with serious and persistent mental illness and other co-occurring disorders in all phases of employment service, including but not limited to Medicaid reimbursable services if applicable, intake, engagement, assessment, job placement, job coaching and follow-along employer supports.
Salary: $16.00 per hour. MHC offers a competitive benefits package which includes:
- Medical (Current employee coverage 80% paid for by MHC)
- Voluntary Vision & Short Term Disability insurance
- Long Term Disability insurance fully paid for by MHC
- 403b Retirement Plan (company match is $.50 for every dollar contributed, up to 6%)
- Paid time off (Paid holidays, vacation time, personal time, floating holiday time, sick time)
The Employment Specialist responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Design, deliver, and document Individualized Recovery Plans (IRPs) to adult persons in recovery by providing effective and timely supplemental job counseling services.
- Integrate rehabilitation with mental health treatment by actively participating in weekly mental health treatment team meetings that discuss individuals in recovery and their employment goals with shared decision-making.
- Effectively collaborate communicate with co-workers to discuss shared persons in recovery and identify potential referrals.
- Assist with developing comprehensive, individualized work incentives planning before starting a new job and offer assistance accessing work incentives planning thereafter when making decisions about changes in work hours and pay including linking and referring to a trained work incentives planner.
- Train, instruct, and supervise such individuals in a supportive employment environment by ensuring that all production demands and work expectations are met.
- Maintain and refer to appropriate community and work supports facilitating access to educational, vocational and mental health services to ensure the success of employment/educational goals and objectives.
- Maintain daily attendance and other records to meet DMHAS and MHC standards.
- Develop individualized job search plan and update information from the vocational assessment / profile form and new job/educational experiences.
- Willing and able to drive a personal vehicle locally and within the state. May be required to transport individuals in personal vehicle.
- Must meet all Fidelity requirements
Experience and Education:
- Bachelor's degree in psychology or a social science, related field or equivalent experience. Must be Bilingual in English and American Sign Language (ASL).
- Three years of prior experience in related field or community mental health preferred.
- Knowledge of vocational and educational needs of people who have serious and persistent mental illness and substance use disorders.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Valid CT driver’s license, auto insurance and registration.
Mental Health Connecticut, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, citizenship, national origin/ancestry, physical/mental disabilities, military status or any other basis prohibited by law. EOE, M/F/D/V
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