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Integrated Employment Specialist

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.


ALM Hopewell Center is implementing a new service called the Transition-Age Youth Assertive Community Action Team (TAY-ACT).  The team will service consumers ages 16-25.

The TAY-ACT team uses an array of techniques to engage difficult-to-treat consumers. All team members function as a unit to wrap around the individual. Most services are billed as a per diem (daily rate). These techniques 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. TAY-ACT consumers are not discharged from the program due to failure to keep appointments or not participating in treatment, even if present. Retention of consumers is a high priority for ACT teams. Persistent, caring attempts to engage consumers in treatment helps foster a trusting relationship between the consumer and the ACT team.


A Vocational Specialist provides supported employment services to consumers.  Assist with employment service eligibility based on consumer choice, supported employment integrated with treatment, competitive employment is the goal, rapid job search, job finding is individualized, follow-along support are continuous, personalized benefit planning is provided.  The specialist will focus on engagement, vocational assessment, job development, job placement, and job coaching and follow-along supports. The specialist attends treatment planning meeting for those who want to work or currently working.  Functions include modeling skills and consultation, cross-training others on the team, attending daily organizational team meetings, and attending treatment planning meeting.


Bachelor's Degree  in Social Work, Human Services or related field and have a least one year of experience providing employment services (job coaching, job development, supported employment).  Prefer 2 years of experience working in mental health or substance abuse with a bachelor’s degree in a human service field.