Community Healthlink

Clinician - Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Project

Location US-MA-Worcester
# Positions
Clinical Adult


HOAP - Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Project:  Many years ago Community Healthlink recognized that so many of the homeless in our society also battle mental illness, and often a substance abuse problem. In 1985, the Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Project was established with a commitment to link the region's homeless to a complement of services that would offer: screenings, assessments, counseling, health care, rehabilitation, and referral to other support systems.  In addition, a physician and registered nurses and nurse practitioners perform medical evaluations at HOAP's primary care clinic, 72 Jaques Ave., Worcester. They visit area shelters to evaluate and refer people for treatment. A psychiatrist and a team of licensed clinicians perform mental health screenings and offer counseling and medications. Case Management staff helps clients to enroll in available health insurance programs, access health care and social security benefits, and resolves other benefits-related issues.


Outreach performed by HOAP staff is done in the community, through a variety of shelters and other emergency care programs. Staff also seeks to establish contact with the homeless at vacant lots, and even along railroad tracks and bridges. Basic services are also available at HOAP's primary care clinic and staff offices.


HOAP also offers services in partnership with other local health care providers such as the Great Brook Valley Health Center and Family Health Center in Worcester.


National Health Service Corp Loan Repayment Program approved site.


  • Complete intake assessments with clients.
  • Provide individual and group counseling using best practice models.
  • Complete all required documentation such as assessments including diagnostic formulation, client-centered treatment plans, safety plans, progress notes,and transfer/discharge forms in a clear, concise and comprehensive manner. 
  • Perform outreach and engagement as needed.
  • Attend and be an active participant in weekly integrated clinical team and staff meetings.
  • Attend weekly clinical and administrative supervisions.

This position is productivity bonus eligible


  • Grade 7: Clinician III-Masters degree in social work and an LCSW or Licensed psychologist
  • Grade 8: Clinician IV: Masters degree and LICSW
  • Current valid US-issued drivers license and ability to provide registered, inspected and insured automobile for work related purposes including transporting clients in your own vehicle
  • Able to work with members of the HOAP staff, community agencies and area homeless shelters.
  • Ability to engage clients
  • Must be able to pass a CORI background check

Community Healthlink is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual preference, political affiliation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.
If applicable, Community Healthlink shall also abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified protected veterans and qualified individuals on the basis of disability. These regulations require affirmative action by Community Healthlink to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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