Vocational Specialist -ACT

Job Description

SUMMARY OF POSITION: As part of the ACT multidisciplinary team, provide treatment, rehabilitation, advocacy, and case management services to program clients with serious persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders.


• Conduct comprehensive, ongoing assessments of program clients’ mental illness, physical health, housing status, and other relevant needs
• Manage primary case load by completing treatment plans, DLA-20s, and coordinating care through monthly client schedules
• Assist clients in seeking competitive employment in the community
• Coach clients with job interview skills and assist with paperwork
• Participate in job development activities, including building relationships with employers in the community
• Assist clients with making and keeping appointments and any other tasks that are required through the client recovery process
• Provide person centered direct clinical services to clients on an individual and group basis in the office and in community settings, making appropriate
changes in treatment plans to ensure clients’ ability to cope with internal and external stressors
• Facilitate clients’ treatment planning with an emphasis on fostering personal growth and development towards recovery and wellness
• Refer clients to appropriate community agencies, assisting clients when needed
• Act as advocate and liaison, consulting with community agencies and program clients to maintain coordination in the treatment process
• Collaborate with other members of the ACT team during daily and weekly staff meetings
• Provide on-call crisis intervention in coordination with other ACT team members, covering nighttime hours, holidays, and weekends
• Maintain St. Patrick Center client tracking system and client files (including treatment plans), documenting client progress to maintain a permanent record
of client activity within the timeframe required by DMH and BJC/administrative agent (24 hours)
• Be responsible for agency policy regarding work hours, building security, and all written personnel standards
• Ensure the care model by interacting with all other St. Patrick Center programs
• Train other team members about supported employment services

Direct Reports:

Knowledge & Experience
• BA, BSW preferred from an accredited university and/or five years of experience in related area
• Must be a Qualified Mental Health Professional
• Understanding of mental illness and substance use
• Experience in counseling and case management/wrap-around services
• Experience in conducting home visits
• Knowledge and understanding of community agencies
• Knowledge of federal, state, and agency HIPAA policies
• Must possess current Class E Driver’s license (Missouri residents only)

Skills and Attitudes
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Counseling and crisis intervention expertise
• Self-motivation due to the autonomous nature of the position
• Respect for clients and staff
• Sensitivity to cultural diversity
• Ability to work in a team atmosphere
• Moderate computer skills

Relationships Required
• Report to and work with Manager of Behavioral Health Programs (Team Leader- ACT)
• Attend and participate in all appropriate St. Patrick Center meetings

• Mileage reimbursement
• Off site trainings
• Partner agencies (networking opportunities)

Type: Full-time

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St. Patrick Center

At St. Patrick Center, we’re one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment and health opportunities for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We take an action-based approach to service and offer nationally recognized programs that assist more than 8,000 people each year. Our mission, at its core, is to help individuals and families move from homelessness to independence in dignified, cost-effective and permanent ways. This approach transforms our clients as well as our entire community. For more information about our organization, please visit www.stpatrickcenter.org.

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