Bilingual Social Worker III (GMHOS Psychiatric Social Worker)


Bilingual Social Worker III (GMHOS Psychiatric Social Worker)

Status: Open to Part Time and Full-Time
Reports to: Director of GMHOS clinic or designee
Date Posted: 01-Jan-2018
Job Type: Full Time


The provision of Mental Health Crisis Intervention, Social Casework and Therapeutic Services to a caseload of older persons with psychiatric disturbances, dysfunction, and/or impairment. Provide above services in English or Spanish as necessary.

The Bilingual psychiatric Social Worker will:
• Participate with medical, psychiatric, nursing and social services staff in the process of interdisciplinary team assessment of the mental health, social and emotional needs of older adult clients and their families.

• Administer Mental Status Examinations to older clients 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.

• Provide the full range of psychiatric social services to a specialized borough-wide caseload of psychiatrically impaired older adult clients and their families including:

o In the capacity of Primary Therapists to develop, implement, monitor and document treatment plans, coordinating the activities of JASA staff and related personnel and involved agencies, in the management of that plan;
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 gero-psychiatric 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 gero-psychiatric patients;
o To arrange for direct provision of special services such as homemaker, home health aide, public assistance, Medicare, Medicaid, emergency cash relief, legal aide, vocational placement, medical and psychiatric examination and therapy, housing, etc;
o To evaluate clients’ capacity to manage their own affairs and protect themselves from financial exploitation. To assist in securing needed and legitimate financial managed or guardianship arrangements. Disbursement of monies as issued through JASA relief funds or client financial management services, to secure needed goods and services for older clients.
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 community conferences and meetings

• Ongoing 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.

• Extended Hours - Social Workers may be required to carry a company cell phone during evenings, weekends and holidays, with this responsibility shared by professional and supervisory staff on a rotating basis. Should the worker be called upon to respond to a crisis, and to either spend time on the telephone or assist the client in person, subject to supervisory approval, JASA will provide door to door transportation, meals allowances, and the worker will receive compensatory time for time spent in travel and rendering service.

• Emergency Schedules - In certain crisis situations, such as "cold weather days" requiring visitation of clients lacking heat, or scheduled appointments for emergency medical or psychiatric examinations, or initiation of emergency homecare services, or implementation of court-ordered protective actions; the worker may be instructed to report to work during times other than the normally scheduled work week, including evenings, weekends and holidays. JASA will provide door-to-door transportation, meals allowances, and the worker will receive compensatory time from time of home departure to time of return.

• Participate in training and unit meetings.

• Complete required case records, reports, and statistics within mandated timeframes, utilizing computers, if so required.

• Perform such other duties as assigned.

• Graduate of an Accredited College or University with a Master of Social Work and clinical concentration
• New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.), active or pending - required
• Possess an NPI number - preferred
• Possess a Medicare Provider Number - preferred
• Ability to read, write, speak, understand English and Spanish.
• Good writing/record keeping skills.
• Ability to travel to clients' homes using mass transit, and to negotiate any steps and barriers in clients' residences.
• An understanding and appreciation of the roles of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference, and individual values have as they relate to serving clients and families.

To Apply

Email résumé and cover letter to: Indicate Bilingual Social Worker III (GMHOS Psychiatric Social Worker) - Bronx in subject line.


Mail to: JASA
Human Resources Department
247 West 37 Street – Ninth Floor
New York, NY 10018

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