Community Psychiatric Supports and Treatment Services (CPST)
 Brooklyn, NY

  • Delivery of services as outlined in the treatment plan including:
    • Intensive Interventions (Counseling): Individual, family and relationship based counseling, supportive counseling, solution focused interventions, emotional and behavioral management, and problem behavior analysis with the individual, with the goal of assisting the individual with developing and implementing social, interpersonal, self-care, daily living and independent living skills to restore stability, to support functional gains and to adapt to community living.
    • Crisis Avoidance (Counseling): Assisting the child/youth with effectively responding to or avoiding identified precursors or triggers that would risk their remaining in a natural community location, including assisting the child/youth and family members or other collaterals with identifying a potential psychiatric or personal crisis, developing a crisis management plan and/or, as appropriate, seeking other supports to restore stability and functioning.
    • Intermediate Term Crisis Management (Counseling): Assisting families following a crisis episode experienced by a child/family as stated in the crisis management plan. This component is intended to be stability focused and relationship based for existing children/youth receiving CPST services.
    • Rehabilitative Psychoeducation: Educating the child/youth and family members or other collaterals to identify strategies or treatment options with the goal of minimizing the negative effects of symptoms, or emotional disturbances, substance use or associated environmental stressors which interfere with the child/youth’s daily living, financial management, housing, academic and/or employment progress, personal recovery or resilience, family and/or interpersonal relationships and community integration.
    • Strengths Based Service Planning: Assisting the child/youth and family members or other collaterals with identifying strengths and needs, resources, natural supports and developing goals and objectives to utilize personal strengths, resources and natural supports to address functional deficits associated with their mental illness.
    • Rehabilitative Supports: Restoration, rehabilitation, and support to minimize the negative effects of behavioral health symptoms or emotional disturbances that interfere with the child youth’s daily living.
  • Services are delivered in a trauma informed, culturally and linguistically competent manner.
  • Coordinate with other providers involved in the individual’s treatment.
  • Timely and accurate documentation of contacts.
  • Attend required supervision, meetings and training's.
  • Report incidences and issues to supervisor immediately.
  • Knowledge and adherence to agency and regulatory bodies’ standards of practice.
  • Ensure delivery of services as outlined by service plan.
  • Continuous monitoring that family choice and voice is present in service delivery.
  • Practitioners with a master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or a related human services field may provide all aspects of CPST, including counseling.
  • Other aspects of CPST, except for counseling, may otherwise be performed by individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree level with a minimum of two years of applicable experience in children’s mental health, addiction, and/or foster care/child welfare/juvenile justice. These practitioners include: Registered Professional Nurses with one year of behavioral health experience, Licensed Occupational Therapists, and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists to the extent they are operating under the scope of their license.
  • Practitioners with at least a bachelor’s degree level, certified in an Evidence-Based Practice consistent with the CPST component being delivered and approved by NYS may perform any of the service components of CPST without any exclusion.
  • Practitioners with a bachelor’s degree may only perform the following activities under CPST: Rehabilitative Psychoeducation, Strengths based Treatment Planning, or Rehabilitative Supports.
  • Evidenced-based practices (EBPs) require approval, designations and fidelity reviews on an ongoing basis as determined necessary by New York State.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier.
  • Must be cleared by the NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
  • Must be cleared by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.