Mental Health Connecticut Inc. 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 two immediate full-time (Monday-Friday; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm) openings for a COACH (Covid Assistance for Community Health) Counselor within the Litchfield County region. The COACH Counselor is responsible for working directly with individuals who are experiencing literal homelessness in homeless shelters as well as in unsheltered settings, family members of persons experiencing homelessness, and staff working with persons experiencing homelessness. The COACH Counselor will also be responsible to assist the CAN (Coordinated Access Network) Program Manager and CAN Navigators in providing outreach, out in the community, to individuals experiencing actual homelessness.
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 COACH Counselor responsibilities include:
- Conduct outreach providing psychological first aid, stress management support, resource linkage, and connection to literature about additional resources.
- Conduct homeless verifications with individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and other co-occurring disabilities.
- Assist the CAN Navigators with conducting homeless outreach to individuals in overflow shelters, homeless encampments, and individuals on the streets.
- Make in person contact to individuals in the community and on the street experiencing homelessness, as well as any staff intervening with individuals, families, and youth experiencing homelessness.
- Operate in a harm reduction approach.
- Adhere to organizational policies and procedures in addition to explaining and enforcing safety regulations and policies regarding the program.
- Attend and participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings, supervisions, trainings and conferences as directed.
- Connect individuals in need of services to either 211 or CAN Navigators if that individual has not already been connected to services.
- Link and refer to any other appropriate services as needed.
- Assist the CAN Program Coordinator and CAN Navigators in collecting information on those in need of services and those already receiving services to ensure documentation in HMIS and/or Electronic Health Record.
- Utilize the HMIS system and/or Electronic Health Record in order to connect and follow-up with individuals in order to avoid service disruption.
- Document all interactions and referrals provided; Input individual data into database on a daily basis.
- Work collaboratively within and across the service system exercising good independent judgment. (MHC teams, interagency teams, family members, service recipients, concerned others where appropriate).
- Willing and able to drive a personal vehicle locally and within the state.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's Degree in a social science and/or Recovery Support Specialist preferred. Three years related experience may be substituted for educational requirement.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
- Valid CT driver's license and auto registration and insurance.
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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