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Community Support Specialist-Assertive Community Team

Hopewell Center-Downtown St. Louis | St. Louis, MO | Full Time

Job Description

ALM Hopewell Center provides comprehensive mental health services to children and adults in the northern and central parts of the City of St. Louis and North St. Louis City. A professional mental health staff serves a growing caseload of 2,800 patients, of which greater than ninety-five percent are chronically mentally ill and suffering from major psychiatric disorders. Hopewell Center operates a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center and a Comprehensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center for adults and youth. Many services are provided at schools. Emergency services, including a crisis bed and mobile outreach, are available twenty-four hours per day. A multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, counselors, social workers, educators, and support staff work diligently to carry out the mission of providing comprehensive care to patients and their families.

Summary of Duties

This position is apart of the TAY-ACT team specializing in difficult-to-treat consumers. The team members function as a unit to wrap around the individual. Techniques  for treatment include: collaborative, motivational interventions to engage consumers and build intrinsic motivation for receiving services from the team, and, where necessary, therapeutic limit-setting interventions to create extrinsic motivation for receiving services deemed necessary to prevent harm to consumer or others. The team has a thoughtful process for identifying the need for assertive engagement, measuring the effectiveness of chosen techniques, and modifying approach when indicated.  Persistent attempts to engage consumers in treatment helps foster a trusting relationship between the consumer and the TAY-ACT team.

Primary Duties

  • The Community Support Specialist works directly with TAY-ACT transition-aged individuals that are to work on treatment related goals.
  • Responsible for assessing the client's status including personal strengths, progress, problems and needs, development and review of the client's individualized treatment plan. 
  • Provides individual assistance to all clients.
  • Intercedes on behalf of individual clients within the community at large to assist the client in achieving and maintaining their community adjustment.
  • Trains clients in daily living skills such as housekeeping, cooking, personal grooming, and works with them on basic behavior modification strategies.
  • Attends treatment team staffing.


  • Bachelor degree in Social Work, Psychology or other behavioral health sciences related field.
  • 1-2 years of experience in Community Mental Health, Case Management, Intensive In-Home services or Social work.
  • Must have valid Class E driver’s license, dependable transportation, a clean driver's record and personal vehicle insurance.