The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. We envision a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. Our work focuses on advancing health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, being a bold voice for change and strengthening our organizational excellence.
In order to achieve our goals, we are seeking for an individual to serve as our Behavioral Health Specialist. The Behavioral Health Specialist provides innovative in-home behavioral health counseling services to individuals in AFC’s supportive housing programs. Utilizing harm reduction and trauma informed service delivery approaches, the Behavioral Health Specialist will provide mental health and substance use services to chronically ill formerly homeless individuals. The Behavioral Health Specialist will conduct clinical assessments and provide mental health and substance use services to program participants with a goal of maintaining housing stability and improving quality of life.
Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
Interview and evaluate the behavioral health needs of program participants in their home by using a variety of assessment techniques and instruments; assess, and re-assess behavioral health needs of program participants;
Develop individualized treatment plans for each program participant and update plans every six months;
Provide intensive individual counseling to program participants at their level of understanding and acceptance;
Conduct clinical assessments and provide counseling to clients when necessary;
Provide crisis intervention services to clients;
Coordinate referrals for behavioral health treatment; act as a liaison to community treatment programs;
Facilitate communication with client’s Medicaid managed care health plan, care coordinator, primary care provider and/or psychiatrist to meet integrated health needs;
Conduct and document intake assessments, , program discharges, and referrals;
Schedule all client visits; make reminder calls and organize electronic and hard copy calendar;
Document assessment information as required in the program participants’ files; input information into data tracking system and on paper charts; ensure quality of counseling files.
Implement counseling program procedures and clinical forms;
Provide expertise to partner agency staff concerning behavioral health including substance use and mental health and treatment modalities;
Provide consultation related to therapeutic needs for program participants partner agency staff (e.g., Case Managers, Supervisors);
Train AFC and partner agency staff on behavioral health topics including substance use and mental health;
Provide case-conferencing consultation at case manager request;
Research and stay abreast of evidenced-based treatment modalities and interventions as well as assessment materials.
Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, World of Chocolate and others;
Maintain and update job knowledge by participating in training and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and participating in professional organizations;
Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Human Services, Sociology, Social Work or related field and 2 or more years of Human Services experience
PLUS 1 or more years of Behavioral Health counseling experience
PLUS CADC, CRADC or MISA I certification OR LCSW or LCPC license
Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field and 2 or more years of Human Services experience
2 or more years of Behavioral Health counseling experience
1 or more years of HIV-specific service experience
LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC or equivalent license
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong case management and the ability to assess client needs create care plans, and follow-up in order to address barriers and ensure care is continuous and comprehensive. The ability to provide client support through home visits across the Chicagoland area. Documenting/Recording Information: The ability to enter, record, store, or maintain information in written or electronic form.
In depth knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). This includes the ability to apply diagnostic criteria and codes and the emerging measures and models related to mental health and addictive disorders.
Knowledge of best practice approaches to mental health and substance use treatment. This includes the ability to apply a client-centered approach that considers individual diagnoses, psychosocial assessment, and environmental factors.
The ability to evaluate a person's mental health, social status, and functional capacity within the community. In addition, the ability to follow up with clients in a timely manner are essential to this role.
Diversity awareness and the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals are key to success in this role.
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.
About AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected w...ith HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident