Community Support Specialist Masters - Youth and Young Adult Service


Job Description

Thresholds Job Description Thresholds, a national leader in mental health services, is a recipient of the Chicago Tribune “Top 100 Workplaces" for three consecutive years and a nine-time winner of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For". Through our more than 100 Chicagoland locations and 30 innovative programs, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing and hope for over 15,000 adults and youth.

Looking to stretch your therapeutic skills while working within an energetic and innovative team? Thresholds’ Emerging Adults Division is seeking master’s level clinicians to fill a Community Support Specialist role at our growing Chicago site. The Emerge program uses evidence-informed coordinated care approaches to support young adults struggling with serious mental health challenges. These services are aimed at changing the trajectory of mental health needs for young people and is part of a national innovative movement in supports for young adults. The multidisciplinary team provides specialized assessment, care coordination, individual therapy, medication management, vocational/educational support, & community outreach utilizing evidence informed approaches. The new Community Support Specialist will receive expert training in our treatment models, including the Transition to Independence (TIP) Model & play an integral role in the growth & development of our Emerging Adult programs.

The Community Support Specialist will be responsible for generating treatment plans, providing case management, community-based learning,, crisis intervention, therapeutic support, and care coordination. In addition, they will assist with facilitating activities and programs that will contribute to young adults’ overall development. The Community Support Specialist works within a team-oriented, strengths-based approach, ensuring collaboration within the team and with other providers to facilitate integration of services.

The successful candidate will have experience providing mental health services to young adults and possess a strong foundation in trauma informed care and motivational interviewing. This person should have good written and verbal communication skills and strong basic computer skills, which include the ability to document services in a clear and effective manner. They must function well independently and as part of a team. Must have a valid driver’s license and daily access to a reliable personal vehicle. Masters is required, LSW/LPC/LCSW/LCPC and Experience with DBT and Expressive Arts is a plus.

Job Requirements

• Must meet Office of Mental Health Rule 132 credential requirements for a Rehabilitative Services Associate which requires a minimum age of 21, high school graduate or GED certificate, demonstrated skills in the field of services to adults.+

• Experience working with persons diagnosed with mental illness preferred.
• Ability to work as an effective team players.
• Ability to document services provided in an Electronic Health Record in a timely manner.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Daily access to a personal vehicle is required. Must obtain and maintain $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 bodily injury and liability insurance. Subject to validation every six months.
• May be required to provide transportation for members of the program using a Thresholds provided vehicle or personal vehicle. Must be 23 years of age and must meet all insurance carrier’s requirements. Subject to annual Department of Motor Vehicles license verification.

• Current and valid driver’s license.