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Community Support Specialist at Compass Health Network

Community Support Specialist

Compass Health Network St. Louis, MO Full-Time
$21.74 hourly; $23.01 hourly QMHP
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Due to critical service need of the communities we serve, we are offering a $1500 sign-on bonus* for Community Support Specialist positions; additional $500 sign-on bonus* for Qualified Mental Health Professionals. We are eager to be able to continue to serve clients in our service areas and need you to make this happen!

The Community Support Specialist of Adapt of Missouri is responsible for assisting clients with severe and persistent mental illness to live successfully and to their satisfaction in the community. This is accomplished by using an assertive case management outreach approach based on the Rehabilitation Model. Services include housing acquisition, intensive case management, psychiatric rehabilitation, supportive counseling, crisis intervention, resource acquisition (vocational, educational, rental and utility assistance, substance abuse, medication), service coordination and development of a natural support system. The hours of employment are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, though hours may vary depending on the needs of the clients. This position requires transporting client in personal automobile. This position requires participation in an on-call crisis intervention rotation.

Responsibilities Include: 

  • Assesses and monitors a client’s adjustment to community living.
  • Monitors client participation and progress in organized treatment programs to assure the planned provision of services according to the client’s individual treatment plan.
  • Participates in the development or revision of a specific individualized treatment plan including completion of the DLA-20 as well as timely and thorough communication to assessor regarding potential goals and objectives.
  • Provides individual assistance to clients in accessing needed mental health services including accompanying clients to appointments to address medical or other health needs.
  • Assesses clients’ level of risks, strengths, and weaknesses and interviews clients, reviews records, and confers with other professionals to evaluate clients’ preparedness for independent living.
  • Encourages medication compliance and provides education regarding medications and monitoring of side effects.
  • Provides individual assistance to clients in accessing a variety of public services, including financial and medical assistance and housing, including assistance on an emergency basis and directly helping to meet needs for food, shelter and clothing.
  • Assists the client to access and utilize a variety of community agencies and resources to provide ongoing social, educational, vocational and recreational supports and activities.
  • Intercedes on behalf of individual clients within the community-at-large to assist the client in achieving and maintaining their community adjustment.
  • Maintains contact with clients who are hospitalized and participates in and facilitates discharge planning.
  • Trains, coaches and supports in daily living skills, including housekeeping, cooking, personal grooming, accessing transportation, keeping a budget, paying bills and maintaining an independent residence.
  • Assists in creating personal support systems that include work with family members, legal guardians or significant others regarding the needs and abilities of a client.
  • Encourages and promotes recovery efforts, client independence/self-care and responsibility.
  • Provides support to families in the area such as treatment planning, dissemination of information, linking to services and parent guidance.
  • Provides holistic, person-centered care.
  • Develops and supports wellness and recovery goals in collaboration with the individual served.
  • Provides services to clients which are determined to be appropriate based on GAF score and level of care.
  • Performs job duties with an efficient use of time based on client’s needs as well as meeting efficiency requirements based on budget parameters.
  • Notifies Program Director of any changes in client’s conditions.
  • Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is required to have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles. The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal.

Education/ Experience: One of the qualifying categories listed below

Bachelor's degree in human services field, which includes social work, psychology, nursing, education, criminal justice, recreational therapy, human development, family studies, counseling, child development, gerontology, sociology, human services, behavioral science, rehabilitation, counseling or related fields; 

Any four year degree and one year of qualifying experience;

Any four year combination of higher education and qualifying experience;

Four years of qualifying experience. 

Licensure, Certification and/or Registration:   Upon hire, applicants will maintain certification in CPR, First Aid, CPI and Medication Level I Aide provided by the agency.

Requirements: Must have an automobile, a valid Missouri  driver’s license (upon hire) with a clean driving record (no major violation) and current automobile insurance with required coverage limits. Willingness to serve clients in a variety of community settings and neighborhoods.

Compass Health Network is a nonprofit health care organization offering accessible, comprehensive, & compassionate behavioral health, substance use treatment, family medicine and dental services throughout Missouri. Our network of care includes Royal Oaks Hospital and Adapt of Missouri.  We are both a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC).  Operating only from the highest ethical and professional standards, we provide access to innovative care designed to meet the health needs of the communities we serve.  Our mission is “Inspire Hope.  Promote Wellness.” 

Why join us?

We believe some of the most passionate people in the world work here.  Our dedicated and talented staff are our most valuable asset.  We strive to provide a work environment and services that are inclusive for our patients and our employees.

At Compass Health Network, these are just a few of the benefits that we offer as an organization:

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  • Advancement opportunities
  • Professional development
  • Licensure supervision
  • Mentor opportunities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Scholarship program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Headspace Access
  • Paid time off & Paid Holidays
  • NHSC Loan Repayment Participant
  • We welcome inquiries from qualified individuals who want to be part of a team of hardworking, dedicated and compassionate employees whose work helps us aspire to our vision of full, healthy, productive lives for everyone. We look forward to meeting you!

    *as per CHN Signing Bonus policy; exclusions may apply.

    Compass Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and an E-Verify participant.

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