CASAC Counselor -The Support and Connection Center

Title:                     CASAC Counselor    

Location:            The Support and Connection Center

Program Overview:

The Public Health Diversion Center provides 24/7 short stay, engagement, stabilization and treatment services for adults with mental health and/or substance use issues referred directly by NYPD as an alternative to the traditional police responses of arrest, summons, or transport to an emergency room. Guests are referred to the Diversion Center when their infractions are non-violent and/or low-level offenses such as loitering, trespass, public inebriation, and disorderly conduct. The goal of the Diversion Center is to help guests begin to identify and modify the behaviors that result in repeated police contact. An OASAS licensed outpatient clinic, located on site, provides services to guests who are eligible.  The average length of stay is anticipated to 5 days.

Overall Responsibilities:

Under the general direction of the Clinical Director, the CASAC Counselor conducts rapid assessment, assesses guest eligibility for on-site OASAS services, develops service/discharge plans including collaboration with guests' current providers/support systems , linkages to community services & residential settings, participates in outreach with NYPD.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential duties include but are not limited to the following activities depending on the assigned shift:

·         Carry a primary caseload of up to 10 guests

·         Conduct groups and individual counseling sessions

·         Complete progress notes, psycho socials, treatment plans, treatment plans reviews, as well as other pertinent documentation in a timely manner

·         Conduct ongoing assessments using evidence-based modalities.

·         Attend daily case review meeting and report on caseload status to treatment team

·         Arrange for timely discharge and referral plans working closely with the guest and program staff  

·         Performs other duties as assigned by supervisory staff


·         High School Diploma or GED

·         NYS CASAC required; CASAC-T certification accepted, but must be in the process of obtaining CASAC

·         A minimum of two (2) years of experience working with homeless and criminal justice involved adult individuals with a substance use disorder, including experience working in emergency or crisis services and/or an OASAS licensed program

·         Excellent oral, writing and listening skills.  Spanish speaking candidates preferred

·         The ability to work well in a highly pressured environment, set and meet deadlines, and delegate as appropriate.

·         An ability to interface with guests as well as all levels of staff.

·         Knowledge of case management software as well as a proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.


To apply: E-mail resume and cover letter indicating position and salary requirements: to