The community support specialist at Thresholds Rowan Trees will be responsible for working on a clinical team that provides integrated mental health and substance use services to people with histories of homelessness, severe mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. The work setting is a 45-unit permanent supported housing program. The program strives to tailor services to meet people according to their level of readiness to make positive life changes, in the context of a recovery community that includes a) individual and group services rooted in evidence-based practices (i.e., motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, harm reduction, relapse prevention therapy, medication assisted treatment), b) peer support and mutual aid group facilitation, c) opportunities for pursuing employment, educational, and other meaningful goals, and d) sustaining affordable and long-term housing.
CADC preferred This position requires a Tuesday – Saturday or Sunday through Thursday work week schedule 11:30am-8pm.
Interested candidates should minimally possess a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or a related field; a Master’s in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or Rehabilitation Services is preferred.
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.
Current and valid driver’s license.
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.
Ability to travel to many locations throughout Chicagoland during the workday.
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.
Ability to stand, bend, stretch and climb stairs. Ability to lift or move up to 30 lbs.
Stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, grasping and lifting may all be required in this position.
Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, make fine discriminations in sound.
Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.
Thresholds, named as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, provides more than 7,300 adults and youth with the skills and encouragement needed to live productive and fulfilling lives.
Consider being part of an organization that fosters collaboration between its staff and those we serve, our members, and where employees are recognized as invaluable assets who truly make... a difference.
More than 75% of Thresholds’ services are delivered out in the community and include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care and substance abuse treatment, as well as pioneering research at the Thresholds Research Institute.
Thresholds provides competitive wages and benefits, and excellent opportunities for career development and promotion.
Individuals with lived or shared experiences with mental illness are encouraged to apply.
Proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran