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Mental Health Clinical Practitioner

Req ID: 7923
Location: Chicago - Far Northside I
# of Openings: 1
Shift: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: Grade 106
Job Notes:


Mental Health Clinical Practitioner

Summary :    This position provides a variety of specialized services to the homeless chronically mentally ill or other special populations.  The employee in this position at a residential program may be required to remain on Organization premises during break and/or meal periods and may be required to stay on Organization premises until their replacement arrives. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Provides services to clients through a short-term case management model.
  • Receives case assignments, establishes treatment plans, reviews case progress and determines case closure through the supervisor of the assigned program.
  • Meets regularly with assigned cases through outreach to shelters and communities at large.
  • Provides individual counseling to address motivational and psychosocial problems of clients.
  • Provides shelter outreach and intake as requested.
  • Provides clients with counseling and concrete assistance to support increase or restore client’s capacity for self-sufficiency.
  • Establishes and maintains therapeutic and professional relationships with clients to facilitate the receipt of services.
  • Develops service plans, which outline a specific plan of action with each client under the regular supervision of the supervisor of the assigned program.
  • Makes referrals in accordance with service plans to other Organization units and external providers.
  • Uses the knowledge of the public assistance agency requirements for benefits and entitlements to advocate on the behalf of clients.
  • Assists in the financial support of clients and in the management of client’s finances in accordance with service plans and Organization policies.
  • Develops, monitors and enhances professional relationships with social service, health and governmental agencies.
  • Manages the expense accounts for client’s transportation needs in accordance with Organization policies.
  • Works cooperatively with Intake Specialists, Addiction Specialists and Social Workers to maximize service outcomes.
  • Provides street outreach to homeless clients, assesses health and social service needs, and then follows through with a plan of action.
  • Participates and contributes in regular supervision meetings, team meetings, in house training sessions and conferences. 
  • Accurately completes in a timely manner all necessary forms, case recordings and statistical reports.
  • Provides social service group work to clients in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Participates in program and operational planning.
  • Develops, implements and reviews social groups for clients of the assigned program, in collaboration with supervisor of the assigned group.
  • Provides intense advocacy, crisis intervention, counseling and problem solving in a variety of areas for all clients.
  • Establishes and maintains a professional and therapeutic relationship within the standards of client profiles, confidentiality laws and the newest clinical research available.
  • Establishes and maintains a professional and therapeutic relationship within the standards of client profiles, confidentiality laws and the newest clinical research available.
  • Assumes all clinical responsibility for clients.
  • Manages and participates in all project meetings and maintains the minutes of meetings on a rotating basis.
  • Presents clinical case reviews.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with outside providers, case managers and hospitals. 
  • Coordinates and attends clinical rounds of all outside client resources.
  • Attends a minimum of 15 educational trainings per fiscal year.
  • Maintains medications as specified by the Psychiatrist and keeps legible and accurate records of all medication issues. 
  • Consults with the Psychiatrist regarding treatment reviews.



  • Education and/or Experience:  Master’s degree (M.A.) in clinical social work, counseling or clinical psychology; and one to two years of clinical practice experience in either a hospital or community setting providing group and/or individual therapy.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Licensed as Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)/ Eligible to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC.)


Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


This is a union position (subject to union dues) and part of a collective bargaining agreement negotiated between Heartland Alliance and the United Human Services Workers Union - a unit of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320, AFL-CIO.

Heartland Alliance Health requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or to undergo weekly Covid testing until they meet that requirement, subject to any lawfully required accommodation.


Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.


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