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Mental Health Specialist
Req Code:2021:2380-005
County:Delaware County, PA
FT/PT:Full Time
Location:2380-H.O.P.E. (PACT)
Schedule:M-F 8:30-4:30
Job Description/Essential Functions:

Horizon House, Inc. is a nationally recognized provider of services to adults with support needs due to developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues, and substance abuse. Horizon House is Pennsylvania’s oldest psychiatric rehabilitation agency. Since 1952, we have been dedicated to helping people with mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions, developmental/intellectual disabilities, and homelessness to stabilize their lives and to help them live as independently as possible in the community. With over 100 locations throughout South and North Eastern Pennsylvania and the state of Delaware, Horizon House provides services to a diverse population focusing on individual strength and choice.

We are seeking a qualified candidates interested in joining our multidisciplinary Program Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team at our Delaware County location.

 The Mental Health Specialist as part of the ACT multidisciplinary team provides rehabilitation and support functions and assists in treatment, provide substance abuse services, education, support and consultation to families; and provide crisis intervention under the clinical supervision of staff with professional degrees.  Some of the responsibilities include the following:

  • Providing service coordination (case management) for assigned group of clients including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the Individual Treatment Team(ITT); assume primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating and revising overall treatment goals and plans in collaboration with the client and the ITT; provide individual supportive therapy and symptom management; ensure immediate changes; are made in treatment plans as clients’ need change, educate and support clients’ families; and advocate for clients’ rights and preferences.
  •  Conduct the comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g. onset, course an effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status, and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment, social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g., care-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
  • Provide on-call crisis intervention covering nighttime hours and serve as a back-up to evening and weekend staff. Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.
  • Provide direct clinical services including individual supportive therapy and psychotherapy to clients on an individual, group and family basis in the office and in community settings to teach behavioral symptom-management techniques to alleviate and manage symptoms not reduced with medication and to promote personal growth and development by assisting clients to adapt to and cope with internal and external stresses.



Job Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in the Social Sciences, Healthcare or a related field and 1-2 years of direct care experience in the MH field.
  • Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), preferred, with ongoing coursework in drug and alcohol counseling to qualify for re-certification.
  • Skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for client rights and personal preferences in treatment are essential.
  • Knowledge of mental health systems and supports.
  • Some knowledge of multiple support systems for substance abusers.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a focused team.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with acceptable record. 
  • Frequent talking and listening.
  • Requires the ability to lift, carry, hold, kneel, reach, stack, stoop and bend, which may include direct intervention with residents.

     Horizon House offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package including: medical & dental, (9) nine paid holidays, generous paid time off, tuition reimbursement, retirement savings plan, voluntary tax sheltered annuity, transit benefit program, opportunities for advancement and more.

    To be considered an applicant, please complete the pre-employment application.
    Horizon House is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Veterans/Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. 


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