Comunilife is a premier provider of housing, mental health, and HIV/AIDS services in New York City. Our programs benefit more than 2,500 people each year – helping them overcome challenges related to extreme poverty; chronic homelessness; serious behavioral and medical issues; and, linguistic and acculturation barriers.
Our staff members work with a supportive team of supervisors and peers, receive in-depth training and ongoing opportunities for professional development, and, are part of an organization that recognizes, celebrates, and promotes personal and cultural strengths.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
1. Perform all activities related to case management for assigned caseload including initial assessment(s), timely comprehensive service plans, service plan reviews and progress notes.
2. Maintain and document liaisons with other agencies providing services to assigned cases. Provide supportive counseling and crisis intervention as needed.
3. Monitor compliance and management of the client’s health, mental health and substance abuse treatment needs.
4. Provide assistance with all ADL activities to facilitate clients’ independence in the community. Advocacy and referral as needed.
5. Monitor and re-assess client’s needs for treatment and community education on chemical dependency related issues.
Bachelor’s degree & strong interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills required
2-3 consecutive years of work experience in substance abuse and HIV/AIDS issues preferred.
Valid New York State CASAC or CASAC-T Certificate preferred.
Experience with HIV/AIDS afflicted individuals, chronic mental illness, substance abuse individuals and their families preferred
Since its founding in 1989, Comunilife has grown into one of NYC’s best-respected community-based health and housing service providers. Each year, our rich continuum of care supports the needs of more than 3,500 low-income and vulnerable New Yorkers.
Comunilife owns or manages 1,639 units of supported transitional and permanent housing for homeless adults struggling with HIV/AIDS, serious mental and behavioral health issues, and other chronic medical conditions. We operate a full-service, Latino-centered, South Bronx-based mental health clinic – the Vida Guidance Center – that provides more than 23,000 outpatient visits a year. Life Is Precious™, our unique suicide prevention program for Latina girls, is nationally recognized for effectively addressing the needs of the highest-risk group of teenagers in the country. Our Social and Medical Respite program arranges short-term supportive housing for recently discharged hospital patients who lack appropriate housing in which to recuperate.
All Comunilife activities are tailored to reflect the program participants’ perspectives, needs and strengths; our programs are guided by community-defined best practices. Our signature tr...aining program – the Multicultural Relational Approach for Diverse Populations – equips our staff to incorporate clients’ cultural and personal perspectives into their overall approach to care. Because of our clear respect for understanding – and desire to work in partnership with – those whom we serve, we successfully engage some of the most marginalized and hardest-to-reach people in the city.
Thanks to our efforts, hundreds of chronically homeless New Yorkers move out of the City shelter system into stable, permanent housing, each year. Latina adolescents, who are at high risk for attempting suicide find hope, fortitude, and the renewed desire to survive and succeed. Older adults learn to better understand and manage complex, interrelated psychiatric and physical health challenges. Lastly, organizations across the nation have the chance to learn about practices that can promote similarly impressive outcomes within their communities.