Communicare is a community mental health center in North Central Mississippi that serves Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Tate and Yalobusha counties. Communicare offers specialized treatment services for adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbances, individuals with substance abuse disorders and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Communicare is currently seeking a Intensive Community Support Specialist
The position requires a Bachelor's in psychology, social work, counseling, or other equivalent degree. The person Facilitate treatment, provide follow-up services, and ensure continuity of appropriate care to severely emotionally disturbed and seriously mentally ill individuals who may be at risk of hospitalization or re-hospitalization.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Obtain and maintain proper certification to perform CSS, taking full ownership of this process. This includes completing required annual training, maintaining supportive documentation, and submitting applications independently and timely.
- Meet the set productivity requirement by planning ahead, developing a schedule, and seeking support from office manager and/or CSS Director when deficiencies are anticipated.
- Provide case management services for the clients who meet the criteria for Community Support Services
- Provide ongoing assessment of clients’ needs and develop appropriate treatment planning.
- Coordinate case management and mental health center services provided to clients, with services provided by other agencies.
- Provide supportive counseling to clients and their families as needed.
- Provide assistance to CSS clients in making applications for benefits and assistance.
- Provide assistance to clients regarding housing.
- Provide assistance to clients in securing medications and developing medication management plan.
- Assure access for CSS clients (when needed) to receive mental health and other community services.
- Provide home visits as determined by the level of need of each client.
- Provide advocacy services for CSS clients.
- Provide family counseling and education concerning mental illness to family members of CSS clients.
- Maintain a case load as assigned including proper documentation and paperwork.
- Attend meetings and training related to CSS as designated by the Director of Community Support Services including weekly staffing meetings at North Mississippi State Hospital.
- Complete and turn in to the Director of Community Support Services any reports as requested.
- Complete and turn in progress notes daily in electronic medical record system to Supervisor.
- Attend to tasks related to loss prevention such as verifying active Medicaid via Envision, ensuring appropriate prior authorization is in place, and communicating any payor changes with the treatment team and billing department prior to service provision.
- Attend and actively participate in supervisory meetings as requested including office staffing and treatment teams.
- Participate in grant specific activities, including, but not limited to assisting with continuation of funding requests, meeting program objectives within funding restraints, coordinating and reporting on Outpatient Commitment Orders, compiling and submitting any reports requested by DMH, actively engaging in networking opportunities with area hospitals and AMAP team.
- Perform after hours duties related to on-call crisis team as assigned by Mobile Crisis Team Coordinator and Director of Community Support Services.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field.
- Ability to relate effectively to severely mentally ill individuals.
- Have transportation, hold a valid driver’s license, have automobile insurance, and have a safe driving record
- Must have, and maintain, a Communicare insurable driving record.
Because we are the people who care, Communicare offers competitive benefits for full-time employees, including health protection plans, income protection, and paid time off.
Our popular benefits:
· Medical Insurance
· Critical Illness Insurance
· Life/AD&D/Long-Term Disability Insurance
· Dental/Vision/Term Life/Cancer coverage available
· Retirement Plan
· 403-B matching
· 11 Holidays per year
· 15 Annual Leave days per year (18 days after 3 years of employment)
· 15 Sick Leave per year
· Professional Development leave
· Jury leave
· Military leave
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Communicare is the community mental health center serving the Northern Central counties of Mississippi, including Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Tate, and Yalobusha.
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