University of Rochester Mental Health Therapist in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Psychiatry SMH Crisis




Position Summary:

The ACT Team Leader is an integral member of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, providing comprehensive mental health and dual diagnosis services for individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness and have not connected with traditional mental health outpatient clinics. The ACT Team Leader works with clients to develop client-driven goals and creative ways to help clients meet these goals. Services are provided in settings where clients are most comfortable; at least eighty (80) percent of services are provided off-site, mostly in clients’ own homes. The ACT Team Leader provides cross training to other team members and helps ensure that all team members are aware of and focused on helping clients work on their recovery goals, including wellness and transition goals. The ACT Team Leader receives training and support from other specialists on the ACT team in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, family therapy, mental health assessment and general health and wellness issues. All team members are expected to function in a trans-disciplinary role. All team members receive training in teaching the OMH wellness management and recovery program to clients.

This position subscribes to the Department’s goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patients/families, trainees, research subjects and coworkers in a sensitive and caring manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences. The Team Leader participates in available cultural competence events and training.

Specific Responsibilities:

Direct Clinical/Patient Care

  • The Team Leader assists clients in maintaining themselves successfully in the community. These tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting clients in finding and furnishing apartments, setting up financial budgets, getting entitlements, and learning skills of daily living. Transports clients as needed to appointments and assists clients in moving or shopping.
  • The Team Leader also participates in a rotation with other ACT team members in having the emergency ACT phone once every five weeks. The ACT model calls for clients to have 24 hour access to ACT support in case of emergencies and clients can and do call the ACT emergency phone directly.
  • Individual and group therapy providing psychoeducation, (counseling and coaching on early warning signs and avoidance of stressors) to minimize the incidence of relapse using recovery based principles, collaboration and shared decision making.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis including education about stress-vulnerability and symptom management.
  • Facilitate the three phases of transition:
  • Engage consumers in discussions about readiness for transition of care from ACT to another level of care. Conduct assessments and develop transition plans. Introduce Wellness Self-Management for Transition group and wellness planning.
  • Build-on and test consumer skills. Prepare, strengthen and test existing supports. Develop and test linkages with new supports.
  • Finalize transfer of care. Ongoing monitoring of consumer progress, for a prescribed period of time, following transition from ACT services.

Team Leader

  • Team Leader – A full-time staff member, who directs and supervises staff activities, leads team organizational and service planning meetings, provides clinical direction to staff regarding individual cases, conducts side-by-side contacts with staff and regularly conducts individual supervision meetings. The team leader is responsible for direct patient services as a member of the clinical staff, clinical supervision for staff, and administration and leadership of the team, on an ongoing basis.


Master’s degree from a CACREP accredited program with major course work social work, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, or a related field, OR licensure/registration as a registered nurse (RNs are encouraged to be masters level or nurse practitioner), or physician. Prefer experience working with SMI individuals in a vocationally-oriented setting. Requires NYS license as a mental health practitioner or limited permit eligible; if licensure has not been obtained upon employment, the individual has 36 months to obtain and maintain NYS licensure. Requires NYS driver’s license with clean driving record.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Mental Health Therapist

Location: Strong Memorial Hospital

Job ID: 201770

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time