Community Support Specialist - Intensive Lafayette County Office

Community Support Specialist - Intensive

Full Time • Lafayette County Office
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

  1. 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.   
  2. 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. 
  3. Provide case management services for the clients who meet the criteria for Community Support Services
  4. Provide ongoing assessment of clients’ needs and develop appropriate treatment planning.
  5. Coordinate case management and mental health center services provided to clients, with services provided by other agencies.
  6. Provide supportive counseling to clients and their families as needed.
  7. Provide assistance to CSS clients in making applications for benefits and assistance.
  8. Provide assistance to clients regarding housing.
  9. Provide assistance to clients in securing medications and developing medication management plan.
  10. Assure access for CSS clients (when needed) to receive mental health and other community services.
  11. Provide home visits as determined by the level of need of each client.
  12. Provide advocacy services for CSS clients.
  13. Provide family counseling and education concerning mental illness to family members of CSS clients. 
  14. Maintain a case load as assigned including proper documentation and paperwork. 
  15. 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. 
  16. Complete and turn in to the Director of Community Support Services any reports as requested.
  17. Complete and turn in progress notes daily in electronic medical record system to Supervisor. 
  18. 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. 
  19. Attend and actively participate in supervisory meetings as requested including office staffing and treatment teams. 
  20. 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.
  21. Perform after hours duties related to on-call crisis team as assigned by Mobile Crisis Team Coordinator and Director of Community Support Services. 
  22. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  1. Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field.
  2. Ability to relate effectively to severely mentally ill individuals.
  3. Have transportation, hold a valid driver’s license, have automobile insurance, and have a safe driving record
  4. 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
·         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.

(if you already have a resume on Indeed)

Or apply here.

* required fields


U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Information (Completion is voluntary)

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.

You are being given the opportunity to provide the following information in order to help us comply with federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action record keeping, reporting, and other legal requirements.

Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file.

Form CC-305
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 5/31/2023

Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor required by law to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We are also required to measure our progress toward having at least 7% of our workforce be individuals with disabilities. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had a disability. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we ask all of our employees to update their information at least every five years.

Identifying yourself as an individual with a disability is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer will be maintained confidentially and not be seen by selecting officials or anyone else involved in making personnel decisions. Completing the form will not negatively impact you in any way, regardless of whether you have self-identified in the past. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at

How do you know if you have a disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual disability
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Nervous system condition for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Psychiatric condition, for example, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, or major depression

Reasonable Accommodation Notice

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

i Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of Federal contractors, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows:

A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.