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Community Support Specialist, ACT Team

Greater Nashua Mental Health

Established in 1920, Greater Nashua Mental Health has as its mission: empowering individuals to lead full and satisfying lives through treatment and support. Our agency provides comprehensive, evidence-based behavioral health services for individuals with mental health and/or substance misuse disorders. We offer a wide array of services in office and community settings, serving adults and children.  As the State-designated Community Mental Health Center for Southern Hillsborough County, we serve everyone who walks in our doors, and no one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay for services.  Without our agency, many of the most vulnerable members of our community would not have access to critically needed behavioral health care.   We believe that by respecting people as they are, we can help them to become all that they wish to be.

Job Summary:
Greater Nashua Mental Health is looking for a full-time Community Support Specialist to join our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team! The Community Support Specialist provides interventions to clients with identified substance misuse disorders in the context of dual diagnosis treatment using motivational interviewing and harm reduction strategies. The Community Support Specialist meets with clients within their natural environments to conduct crisis intervention, education, and assistance in removing barriers in order to improve functioning.  The Community Support Specialist provides adequate supervision, and supports for the client to sustain his/her current living situation, as well as working, social, or other community settings of the client's choice.

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Provide direct client care to individuals for a percentage of time per week as appropriate for position and as directed by supervisor, including crisis services, family support services, therapeutic services, and medical support services.
• Provide group at least 1 hour each week of group therapy services to individuals with co-occurring disorders.
• Assist clients to develop, reinforce, and apply skills and strategies to alleviate or reduce symptoms and behaviors which impair an individual's ability to function.
• Apply mental health interventions congruent with stages of changes model.  Works closely with clients to develop coping skills and strategies for managing distress related to symptom management.
• Assist the client in developing a support system necessary to maintain wellness in the community.
• Assist and supports clients in maintaining their medication regiment as a strategy to promote effective management of his/her mental illness.
• Provide support and maintains the management of the client's mental illness, with the primary goal to enhance and promote the client's resiliency and recovery, by providing services to both the client, as well as the family members, caregivers, or significant.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work or related field. Or, an Associate’s Degree in related field with 2 years of related experience.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
• 1-2 years of experience working with people diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
• Strong collaborating skills and an ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
• Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines; high energy, self-motivated and proactive.

Our agency is a team of talented and dedicated professionals who are passionate about helping the community and each other! We provide staff supervision, a stimulating work environment and opportunities for supervision towards clinical licensure. We are an eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, NH State Loan Repayment Program and offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Apply today!

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Date Added: September 9, 2021

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