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Wellness Specialist in Brooklyn at Services for the UnderServed

Date Posted: 1/9/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Position Overview

The Wellness Specialist provides services and consultation as a member of a mobile multi-disciplinary treatment team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participates in daily treatment review meetings
  • Provides support to all specialist on the team, addressing overall consumer wellness.
  • Serves as a back up to the substance abuse specialist when absent
  • As a Family Specialist, responsible for integrating family goals with the tasks of all team members
  • Providing family psycho-education groups
  • As a Clinical Coordinator, the Wellness Specialist insures that care is coordinated
  • Responsibility for documentation of services provided particular in the development of the services plans
  • Responsible for ensuring revisions to the plan as the participant’s needs change
  • Advocating for the rights and preferences of the participant’s needs change
  • The Wellness Specialist develops wellness interventions, activities and groups, drawing from the Wellness Self-Management (WSM) curriculum and other resources; Educates participants about self-help techniques, processes and community options; Teach coping strategies based on personal experience
  • Assist participants with acquiring symptom management skills; Assist in identifying and clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals
  • Assist in the development of community support systems and networks
  • Consistently practices according to the principles of recovery-oriented and trauma-informed service delivery
  • Comprehensive ACT service activities include: Assessing and providing services to participants to address health and wellness, housing, income support, education, vocational training, employment and social supports; Complete initial comprehensive recovery-oriented service plan and 6-month plan review incorporating participant and relevant others’ feedback
  • Provide ACT treatment services including: service planning and coordination; problem solving; support with obtaining housing; developing social connections; strengthening family and other relationships; developing independent living skills and obtaining necessary resources; accessing and accessing education and training; employment supports (job search, placement and support); entitlement and financial management; empowerment and self-help; wellness self-management with a focus on the development of coping skills; support with medications; and weekly groups
  • Use motivational interviewing, recovery and trauma-informed approaches when delivering services; Complete crisis intervention and relapse prevention plans; Collaborative with participants, families and natural supports, shelter and community partners to promote attainment of treatment and recovery goals
  • Coordinate discharge in collaboration with inpatient and ER staff when participants have involvement; Complete thorough, timely and accurate documentation and adequate authorization records consistent with billing, regulatory, policy and contractual requirements
  • Complete expected minimum monthly treatment contacts of which 80% occur in the community; Provide 24-hour crisis intervention on-call services on rotating basis


  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, or a related field or licensure/registration as a registered nurse required.     
  • Preference is giving to persons who have professional experience working on a multi-disciplinary mobile team
  • Must have excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Word/Excel
  • Ability to research material via the internet
  • Bilingual in any language a plus not required 

Company Overview

Services for the UnderServed (S:US) believes every New Yorker has the right to lead a life of purpose. Since 1978, S:US has been turning this belief into reality by advocating for people with life circumstances marked by homelessness, intellectual/developmental disability, behavioral health and addiction challenges, poverty, criminal justice involvement, and trauma. Our dedicated workforce of 2,400 provides services and supports to transform the lives of 35,000 individuals and families in New York City and Long Island. Learn more about S:US, our mission, and values by visiting
Benefits Overview: We offer attractive compensation with comprehensive benefits including: Medical/Dental/Prescription/Vision/Life Insurance; 403(b); Credit Union; FSAs; Short-and-Long-Term Disability; Transportation Plan; Generous Paid Vacations and Holidays