Thresholds is Illinois' oldest and largest provider of services to people living with severe and persistent mental illness. Thresholds celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009 and looks forward to continuing its mission to help its members reclaim their lives and achieve hopeful and successful futures. With its 30 service locations and more than 75 housing developments in the Chicago area, Thresholds is a recognized leader in mental health recovery. Thresholds provides excellent opportunities for career development and promotion and has been voted as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work for in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Thresholds encourages individuals who have experienced mental health recovery to apply. EOE M/F/D/V
The Outreach Worker will work within a team setting to provide assertive street outreach, clinical engagement and linkage services for individuals who are struggling with homelessness and mental illness. This team will focus outreach activity on the south and west side areas of Chicago. The worker will enter all relevant clinical documentation on a daily basis in the Member’s electronic medical record, participate in daily team meetings and provide for recovery based services. The worker will use agency-owned vehicles to perform street outreach and follow-up visits in the community. The worker will participate in regularly scheduled supervision sessions.
BA/BS Degree, MA/MS Degree preferred. Experience in providing assertive outreach services to unsheltered individuals a plus, promotion of recovery oriented services and strong advocacy skills.
This person should have good written and verbal communication skills and strong basic computer skills, which include the ability to document services in a clear and effective manner. Written and verbal communication cannot be over-emphasized as completion of narrative reports documenting functional capacities is an important aspect of this job. Experience in the mental health field is strongly preferred. Capacity to make rapid assessments and communicate them clearly is a central part of the job. This includes the ability formulate a diagnosis and intervention strategy. Ability to work closely with others within a team framework is essential.
Must have a valid Driver's license and good driving record.
Must have 100,000/300,000/100,000 auto liability insurance.
Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses in Illinois each year....