TOWN OF EASTON

Community Outreach Liaison/Mental Health Counselor

The town of Easton is accepting applications for a qualified individual to fill the position of Community Outreach Liaison/Mental Health Counselor, full time, 40 hours per week. The incumbent will be the first to hold this position in Easton, and will have the exciting opportunity to shape the trajectory of this critical community program serving vulnerable and marginalized populations as it is developed and implemented alongside Administration, Police, and Health. The incumbent will be required to work occasional evening and weekend hours. Weekday hours may be adjusted depending on the needs in any given week.

The purpose of this position is to improve service to the community, especially in situations where the Easton Police Department responds to incidents involving persons with Mental Illness (MI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-occurring Mental Illness Substance Use disorders (CMISU). This position will lead the collaboration between mental health professionals and law enforcement to promote effective strategies to identify and effectively support persons with MI, SUD, CMISU reducing the risk to law enforcement, the individual and the public.

This position will focus on providing support tailored to the behavioral and mental health needs of the individual, and will provide ongoing, non-emergency case management and follow up services to vulnerable populations in Easton working collaboratively with the Community Outreach Officer Unit of the Easton Police Department, the Fire/EMS Department, and the Department of Health and Community Services.

Duties include but are not limited to assisting Police, Fire, EMS and Health and Community Services in identifying and assisting those in the community in need of services; provides de-escalation and assessment of immediate behavioral health symptom and needs; refers individuals to appropriate medical, psychiatric, housing and or other behavioral health services organizations; tracks relevant case referrals and program/patient follow up; attends professional development opportunities and community meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:  Licensed Social Worker, master’s in social work strongly preferred. Experience in counseling, advocacy and/or case management for individuals with Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorder and Co-occurring Mental Illness Substance Use disorder required with a minimum of three years’ experience preferred, or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification in CPR and First Aid preferred.  Possession of a valid Class D Driver’s License required. The successful candidate must provide proof of an acceptable driving record from the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

This is a non-union, hourly and overtime eligible, grant-funded position with excellent benefits and Step 1 is $33.12 per hour; anticipated hiring range is $33.12 – $36.57 per hour ($68,895 – $76,072 if annualized) DOQ.

Required employment applications and complete job description can be found at www.easton.ma.us under the “Residents” tab and then “Employment Opportunities”.  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and employment application to Human Resources Coordinator Mary Southworth via email to msouthworth@easton.ma.us (preferred) or by mail at the Easton Town Offices, 136 Elm Street, Easton, MA 02356. Applications will be accepted through January 28, 2022.
The town of Easton is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diverse and talented candidates to apply.