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The Cambridge/ Somerville CCS Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) provides direct services to adults in crisis at the Community Crisis Stabilization located in Somerville. This para-professional position works collaboratively with other team members and the client to assess each person’s needs for services and create a treatment plan that best ensures their safety and optimizes their effective resolution of the crisis. S/he facilitates the person’s engagement or re-engagement in behavioral health services through referral to community based services that are consonant with the person’s needs and preferences. S/he implements all safety protocols and treatment plans as directed. S/he ensures safety of all clients through provision of as needed including:1:1 supervision, conducting and documenting checks, proactively addressing escalating behavior. S/he provides a range of activities and services that promote safety and resolution of crises including individual supports, group meetings, recovery and relapse prevention meetings, etc. The RSS also provides for operation of the CSU in terms of meal planning, preparation, and clean-up; shopping; keeping the unit clean; doing laundry, and escorting clients to appointments as needed.
The RSS works as part of an integrated emergency services team and Urgent Care Center that provides on site assessment and support, as well as mobile capacity to conduct assessments at the client’s home, school, or agency in Cambridge and Somerville. Given the nature of crisis services, provision of holiday and weekend coverage are expectations for staff working in this position.
Minimum of 3 years experience working in a mental health setting. High School Diploma/GED equivalent required. Bachelors Degree highly preferred. Excellent writing and oral communication skills. Current Massachusetts Driver’s License. Familiarity with services and treatment options for adults with history of crisis associated with psychiatric or substance abuse related disorders