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Family Specialist -ACT Program


ACT Program-Brooklyn

Reports To:

Program Director


Major Functions:

The Samaritan Daytop Village (SDV) Shelter Based ACT team provides services to individuals currently living in the DHS Shelter System. The ACT Team serves folks struggling with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Individuals are referred to ACT services secondary to a history of frequent hospitalizations, engagement in high-risk behaviors, incarceration history, and difficulty engaging in traditional outpatient services. Shelter Based ACT Teams work alongside shelter staff to address the barriers of chronic homelessness for folks struggling with mental health disorders. To address barriers often faced for folks attempting to access the traditional outpatient service model, ACT Teams are mobile, providing services to clients within their communities. As a member of an ACT Team you will work with a multidiscipline team of professions with the following specializations: Team Leader, Administrative Assistant, Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Mental Health Specialist, Vocational Specialist, Substance Abuse Specialist, Family Specialist, and Peer Specialist.

The Family Specialists provide compassionate, recovery based, and trauma informed services that are in line with the traditional practice framework. Family Specialist engages in discussions and activities based on collaboration and uses assertive engagement strategies to engage individuals in services.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work to develop a culturally sensitive understanding of the ACT Participant’s personal family preferences with the team.
  • Cross trains team members to effectively communicate with and engage natural supports.
  • Attend all team meetings and contributes to service planning.
  • Discuss and help clarify the participant’s goals for family involvement in their treatment, including, exploring uncertainties and/or challenges in family involvement.
  • Act as a liaison to facilitate and support communication between participants and family members.
  • Provide Psycho-education to ACT Participants and their natural supports.
  • Connect ACT Participants and their family members with supports in the community and provides follow up support to encourage successful community integration.
  • Develop a personalized wellness plan with the ACT Participant.
  • Perform other duties as requested.



  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling.
  • LMSW, LMHC, or LMFT licensure required.
  • Must have at least one experience working in a community based setting with adolescents and/or adults experiencing a co-occurring Substance Use Disorder and Mental Illness.
  • Must be willing to travel and provide majority of intervention in the field.






If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume with a cover letter to