JASA is participating in a Department for the Aging (DFTA) demonstration project, which seeks to test
the effectiveness of embedding mental health professionals in senior centers so as to identify older
people in need of assistance in dealing with mental health issues and to engage them in services. By
bringing mental health clinicians to the centers, this demonstration will assess whether onsite
engagement, intervention, and referral will lead to high levels of engagement and followup
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES :
The provision of Mental Health Crisis Intervention, Social Casework and Therapeutic Services in
Senior Center locations in the Bronx to a caseload of older persons with psychiatric disturbances,
dysfunction, and/or impairment.
The psychiatric Social Worker will:
- Utilize outreach strategies to engage older adults in mental health services in senior centers.
- Provide evidence based mental health interventions in both individual and group modalities.
- Administer Mental Status Examinations to older clients so as to screen for possible disorders and impairments requiring mental health services.
- Participate in interdisciplinary team conferences, reviewing treatment and case plans, case monitoring and discharge planning, pursuant to sound professional practice and to federal, state and city guidelines.
- Responsible for the provision of the full range of psychiatric social services to an identified caseload of older adult clients who could benefit from mental health care including:
o In the capacity of Primary Therapist to develop, implement, monitor and document treatment plans.
o To provide individual and family psychotherapy in the resolution of problems of the client(s) and family.
o To provide appropriate information to clients and collaterals regarding the normal physical, social and psychological development of individuals, challenges to functioning presented by conditions of impairment, disease, social stresses and dysfunction and geropsychiatric disorders and ways of coping and preserving individual functioning and autonomy.
o To provide specific information about health, welfare, education and recreation services available to serve the older client, with particular reference to resources for geropsychiatric patients and
o As appropriate, to make referrals to, and maintain cooperative relationships with public and voluntary agencies, programs, services and facilities.
- Under psychiatric supervision, conduct group psychotherapy service for clients and families.
- Participate in staff committees, program planning, conferences and meetings
- Represents the agency at specific DFTA events and meetings as well as other community conferences and meetings
- May expand to in home visits to clients to evaluate client functioning, monitor risk, assess the status of current services, and update and revise the case plan? seeking appropriate guidance from the supervisor in situations requiring clarification and consultation.
- Participates in training and unit meetings.
- Completes required case records, reports and statistics within mandated time frames, utilizing computers (Netsmart EHR, STARS, Microsoft excel, etc..)
- Performs other duties as assigned.