Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.
  • 12-Apr-2019 to 30-Apr-2019 (EST)
  • Gotham- Arthur
  • NY, USA
  • $38,438 - $49,875 + Location Pay
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full benefits package based upon percentage of full time effort.

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. is seeking one (1) qualified candidate to fill the full-time position of AOT Peer Case Monitor in the Office of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The Bureau of Mental Health is responsible for mental health service delivery to residents of New York City. Through contracting with NYC service providers and administering programs directly, the Bureau is responsible for procuring and overseeing over 400 treatment, rehabilitation, housing, case management, advocacy, and Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs comprising over $200 million. Bureau staff is responsible for managing the development, implementation, and oversight of ongoing and new contracted mental health programs in order to ensure full access and quality, community-integrated, recovery focused care for all residents.

The Office of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is responsible for the management and oversight of the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program in New York City. The New York State Legislature passed Kendra's law as an amendment to the Mental Hygiene Law to allow for outpatient civil commitment of individuals with histories of serious mental illness, difficulty engaging in rehabilitation, and who present high risk to themselves or the community. The program enables these individuals to live safely in the community, avoid repeated inpatient hospitalizations, and ensure they have access to comprehensive outpatient services.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working as part of an interdisciplinary team under close supervision at the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program you will:
    • Assist professional staff with referrals to specific individual and group treatment activities, by helping to prepare treatment plans and legal documents required for the pursuit of a court order of Assisted Outpatient Treatment.
    • Collaborate and interface with mental health providers and families to make referrals and support consumers in the referral process and assist in monitoring both the client and the service providers' engagement and adherence to the treatment plan through case conferences and other interactions which may include suggesting alternative referrals as well as following up with consumers who have missed appointments for AOT exams or the treatment plan services.
    • Ensure all service providers serving a consumer effectively communicate to maximize the ability of consumers to successfully engage in treatment.
    • Greet and engage consumers, their families, and mental health service providers at the exam site who have appointments for a psychiatric exams to determine whether or not an AOT court order will be pursued.
    • Utilize your lived mental health experience to model recovery, provide hope, and promote recovery-based services to assist individuals under an AOT order with obtaining services to support their recovery needs.
    • Serve as non-judgmental support to whom the individual can discuss concerns and collaboratively problem solve ways in which AOT can better be part of their recovery.
    • Assist consumers in seeking clarification about the treatment and recovery process.
    • Prepare simple reports on the observed consumer behavior.
    • Link consumers with peer support and social support networks by reaching out to other organizations that can provide assistance at the exam sites and/or in the consumer's community and developing a resource file of community agencies and programs offering services needed by the clients.
    • Participate and contribute to AOT team meetings as assigned and all-staff meetings as a representative voice for consumers.
    • Educate AOT staff about peer services and needs.
    • Participate in recovery community events to obtain information and resources for consumers and staff.
    • Demonstrate flexibility in working with treatment team members and various assignments.
    • Participate in Bureau workgroups and special projects as needed.
    • Perform related clerical tasks.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills:

  1. An associate degree or 60 credits from an accredited college, including or supplemented by 12 credits in psychology, sociology, anthropology, or related disciplines including a course involving supervised field work in a community mental health or related setting, plus one year of full-time paid experience in mental health intake, counseling or therapy, or in teaching basic mental health skills to families of developmentally disabled or emotionally disturbed individuals, or in providing mental health educational or liaison services to agency, client and community; or
  2. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State's Department of education or a recognized accrediting organization, and two years of full-time experience as described in "1" above; or
  3. A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience. However, all candidates must possess a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent as described in "3" above, and must possess at least one year of full-time paid experience as described in "2" above.
  4. Lived experience of mental illness and treatment that you are willing to share for the benefit of the consumers served by AOT and the operation of the AOT program.

Preferred Skills:

  • Graduate of a Peer Specialist training program and two or more years of relevant work experience in a mental health setting.
  • New York Certified Peer Specialist (NYCPS) Certification preferred, consideration will be given to candidates pursuing certification.
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited college preferred.
  • Must possess strong, organization, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with culturally diverse staff and populations, as well as honor contributions and strengths of all cultures.
  • Knowledge of recovery and consumer support and social networks.
  • Ability to work effectively with people and resolve conflict.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills required.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Familiarity with and ability to articulate and integrate elements of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) in recovery planning.

Location:             42-09 28th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Salary:                 Commensurate with experience 

To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter by April 30th, 2019 on our website at Only applications submitted through our website will be considered. 

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not State employees, do not participate in any State retirement system, and do not receive State fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.



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