Community Healthlink

Residential Counselor/Placement Specialist - Respite Beds*

Location US-MA-Worcester
# Positions
Experience (Years)
Residential Counselors/Rehabilitation Specialists


Community Healthlink's Respite Beds program provides temporary housing and support services for clients who are in transition from one living arrangement to another-sometimes coming directly from Worcester State Hospital or a community inpatient unit.


  • Demonstrated knowledge-base of specific service population, and relevant community resources.
  • Ability to coordinate appropriate consumer services.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with consumer, peers, and other professionals.
  • Timely and accurate documentation skills and able to write behaviorally stated treatment plans.
  • Performs duties using recovery oriented principles.
  • Maintain and comply with regulations for DMH, HUD, BSAS and DPH MAP certification.
  • Demonstrates person centered strength based communication and relationship with consumers. 
  • Ability to observe, document, teach and respond to mental and physical health as well as other needs of consumers such as community living skills.    




  • Schedule and transport consumers to and from appointments as required.
  • Complete Functional Assessments as needed
  • Provide outreach to homeless DMH consumers in shelters as required. Re-evaluate consumer and make recommendations for referral to other appropriate services or programs.
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop respectful interpersonal relationships with consumers while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
  • Meet with landlord and other community supports that will provide information and help implement of service plans. 
  • Identify and coordinating referrals to additional resources.
  • Assist consumers in obtaining financial entitlements
  • Maintain an assigned caseload.
  • Attend case management, dual diagnosis, substance abuse and other relevant training sessions, seminars or workshops to improve current knowledge
  • Provide escort to appropriate community agencies when necessary. 
  • Arrange for transportation when appropriate. 
  • Assess consumer’s needs and develop service plan, utilizing appropriate program and community services.
  • May provide translation services when appropriate.
  • Attend program staff meetings, case conferences, and clinical team meetings.
  • Performs all other duties as requested.


  • Grade 5: Residential Counselor I: HSD/GED or HiSet required; Associates degree preffered
  • Grade 6: Residential Counselor II: Bachelor’s degree required. Course work in psychology, sociology, social work or related field preferred.
  • Previous experience working with consumers in the field of human services, mental illness or dual diagnosis.
  • Proven ability to work within team setting and to act as self-starter.
  • Must be committed to providing quality care. All bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.   
  • Current valid US-issued driver's license and ability to provide registered, inspected and insured automobile for work related purposes including transporting clients in your own vehicle

* All bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.



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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