Do you want to help prevent suicide in Latina teens? If so, we welcome you to join our innovative suicide-prevention program at our growing agency!
AGENCY DESCRIPTION: Comunilife Inc., a multi-service, non-profit organization founded in 1989, offers a continuum of residential programs for adults with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness, a licensed mental health clinic and other programs in NYC. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and create a healthier tomorrow for New Yorkers with special needs in the Hispanic and broader communities.
Job Openings: Case Manager, Life is Precious (LIP) Program
Job Locations: Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens
Program Description: LIP is a unique after-school, suicide-prevention program for Latina adolescent girls from age 13 to 18 who are at risk for making suicide attempts. LIP exposes the girls to the broader world outside their low-income communities. LIP provides the girls with tools to bridge the gap between the American culture of their schools and the traditional cultural values of their parents, who are often Spanish-monolingual immigrants. All LIP girls receive professional mental health treatment in a mental health clinic.
Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Program Coordinator, the Case Manager assists with recruitment, provides individual, group and family counseling, supports academic and vocational endeavors, promotes positive family relationships and friendships among the girls, and leads/co-leads groups and activities including computer labs, art, music or dance groups, and wellness activities such as preparing healthy meals. The Case Manager coordinates trips for the girls and special events for families. The Case Manager also has opportunities to collaborate with community agencies and public officials on behalf of the program.
Qualifications: We are looking for a compassionate, patient, supportive, creative individual who enjoys engaging and motivating adolescent girls and broadening their horizons, works well with staff and possesses excellent interpersonal, verbal, written and active listening communication skills.
• Bachelor’s Degree in human services field; • Experience working with children, adolescents and families; • Willingness to work some afternoons, evenings and Saturdays; • Home visits and field work is required; • Bilingual in English/Spanish.
Comunilife offers ongoing staff training and opportunities for professional growth and advancement within the agency. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including comprehensive, moderately-priced health insurance and a pension plan.
Since its founding in 1989, Comunilife has grown into one of NYC’s best-respected community-based health and housing service providers. Each year, our rich continuum of care supports the needs of more than 3,500 low-income and vulnerable New Yorkers.
Comunilife owns or manages 1,639 units of supported transitional and permanent housing for homeless adults struggling with HIV/AIDS, serious ment...al and behavioral health issues, and other chronic medical conditions. We operate a full-service, Latino-centered, South Bronx-based mental health clinic – the Vida Guidance Center – that provides more than 23,000 outpatient visits a year. Life Is Precious™, our unique suicide prevention program for Latina girls, is nationally recognized for effectively addressing the needs of the highest-risk group of teenagers in the country. Our Social and Medical Respite program arranges short-term supportive housing for recently discharged hospital patients who lack appropriate housing in which to recuperate.
All Comunilife activities are tailored to reflect the program participants’ perspectives, needs and strengths; our programs are guided by community-defined best practices. Our signature training program – the Multicultural Relational Approach for Diverse Populations – equips our staff to incorporate clients’ cultural and personal perspectives into their overall approach to care. Because of our clear respect for understanding – and desire to work in partnership with – those whom we serve, we successfully engage some of the most marginalized and hardest-to-reach people in the city.
Thanks to our efforts, hundreds of chronically homeless New Yorkers move out of the City shelter system into stable, permanent housing, each year. Latina adolescents, who are at high risk for attempting suicide find hope, fortitude, and the renewed desire to survive and succeed. Older adults learn to better understand and manage complex, interrelated psychiatric and physical health challenges. Lastly, organizations across the nation have the chance to learn about practices that can promote similarly impressive outcomes within their communities.