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Behavioral Health Counselor

Manhattan, New York Social Services
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Job ID R010260

Behavioral Health Counselors provide supportive counseling, advocacy, and education to help patients and their families navigate mental illness, access community resources, and manage symptoms to help them remain safely in the community This is an experienced, master’s level social services role that provides direct care as part of a team. Join us in building on our 130-year history and become a part of the Future of Care that is strengthening communities with high quality, integrated behavioral health programs. VNS Health Behavioral Health team members provide vital client-centered behavioral health care to New Yorkers most in need, across all stages of life and mental well-being. We deliver care wherever our clients are, including outpatient clinics, clients’ homes, and the community. Our short- and long-term service models include acute, transitional, and intensive care management programs that impact the most vulnerable populations, from children, to adolescents, to aging adults. As part of our fast-growing Behavioral Health team, you’ll have an opportunity to develop and advance your skills, whether you’re early in your career or an experienced professional.


$62,400.00 - $72,000.00 Annual

What We Provide

  • Attractive sign-on bonus and referral bonus opportunities  
  • Generous paid time off (PTO), starting at30 days of paid time off and 9 company holidays
  • Health insurance plan for you and your loved ones, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability 
  • Employer-matched retirement saving funds
  • Personal and financial wellness programs
  • Pre-tax flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for healthcare and dependent care 
  • Generous tuition reimbursement for qualifying degrees
  • Opportunities for professional growth and career advancement
  • Internal mobility, CEU credits, and advancement opportunities 
  • Interdisciplinary network of colleagues through the VNS Health Social Services Community of Professionals

What You Will Do

  • Performs social work assessments of patients/families; opens cases as appropriate
  • Develops treatment plan and goals for patients/families as appropriate
  • Provides supportive counseling and/or supportive therapy as well as ongoing social work services
  • Collaborates and refers to appropriate agencies as required
  • Aids in obtaining community services to patients, families and other caregivers
  • Provides psycho education and advocacy for patients and families
  • Assists staff, patients, families, and other caregivers to understand third party reimbursement, entitlements and community resources
  • Initiates and maintains written and verbal communications according to VNS Home Care policy
  • Performs established workflow procedures
  • Maintains productivity sufficient to meet VNS Home Care goals
  • Acts as liaison with other community agencies
  • Participates in related VNS Home Care activities, e.g., utilization review, staff meetings, education programs, etc.
  • Assumes responsibility for continued professional growth


Licenses and Certifications: Valid NYS ID or NYS driver’s license may be required as determined by operational needs.

Education: Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related degree required

Work Experience: Minimum one year of social work experience in a mental health or social service setting required

About Us

VNS Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit home and community-based health care organizations. Innovating in health care for more than 125 years, our commitment to health and well-being is what drives us—we help people live, age and heal where they feel most comfortable, in their own homes, connected to their family and community. On any given day, more than 10,000 VNS Health team members deliver compassionate care, unparalleled expertise and 24/7 solutions and resources to the more than 43,000 “neighbors” who look to us for care. Powered and informed by data analytics that are unmatched in the home and community-health industry, VNS Health offers a full range of health care services, solutions and health plans designed to simplify the health care experience and meet the diverse and complex needs of the communities and people we serve in New York and beyond.

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