The Thresholds Young Adult Program (YAP) is a one-of-a-kind program designed for young adults with mental health needs requiring community residential services or transitional living support. Featured in multiple books, Residential Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Families, A Best Practice Guide by Gary M. Blau, Beth Caldwell and Robert E. Lieberman and Transition of Youth & Young Adults with Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties by Clark & Unruh, and peer-reviewed journals (LINK), graduate students are reading about our Programs in their classes. YAP is known for refining best practices for engagement and support for young adults with histories of trauma and child system involvement, including child welfare, juvenile justice, and special education.
Located on Chicago’s Northside, YAP Residential supports 16-21 year olds in building independent living skills while managing their mental health and overall wellness. YAP Residential includes three residences (2 for males; 1 for females) that are conveniently located near the main YAP Center. During the day, young people are engaged in school, work, or programming at the main YAP Center. REACH is a Transitional Living Program (TLP) designed for young adults with mental health needs, and consists of three locations across Chicago’s North Side. Young people ages 18-21 live in apartments with 24-hour staff support while they develop life skills, self-discovery, and self-sufficiency.
Thresholds is seeking Residential Support Specialists for the residential and transitional living programs. We are seeking individuals with a passion for working with youth to help them develop their independent living skills, discover who they are, empower them to take an active role in their treatment and goal planning, teaching them risk management and problem solving, and foster a therapeutic environment to build family and social support connections for the future.
Experience we are seeking:
Experience working with at-risk youth.
Ability to work as an effective team player.
Ability to document services utilizing the Medicaid and DCFS standard provided in an Electronic Health Record in a timely manner.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Crisis management skills. All YAP staff are trained in TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) to manage emergencies and crises.
Must be 23 years of age and must meet all insurance carrier’s requirements.
World-renowned training opportunities for continuing education (especially for those who are Masters prepared).
Reduced tuition at various schools for current students, including 50% off at Adler University, 25% off at Argosy University in Schaumburg and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers special tuition rates.
Bonus potential where you can receive up to an additional $3,000 annually.
Great paid time off plan.
We are celebrating our 60th anniversary next year, still going strong financially and are growing.
We do have some non-standard hours; great hours for new grads or students who are working on a degree. Our full time shifts are as follows:
Internal Number: 17-0549
Thresholds, named as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, provides more than 15,000 adults and youth with the skills and encouragement needed to live productive and fulfilling lives.
Consider being part of an organization that fosters collaboration between its staff and those we serve, our members, and where employees are recognized as invaluable assets who truly make a difference.
More than 75% of Thresholds’ services are delivered out in the community and include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care and substance abuse treatment, as well as pioneering research at the Thresholds Research Institute.
Thresholds provides competitive wages and benefits, and excellent opportunities for career development and promotion.
Individuals with lived or shared experiences with mental illness are encouraged to apply.
Proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran