Hospital Responder Crisis Intervention Specialist

Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
Brooklyn, New York

The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a unique public-private partnership that promotes new thinking about how courts and criminal justice agencies can aid victims, change the behavior of offenders, and strengthen communities. The Center creates demonstration projects that test new approaches to problems that have resisted conventional solutions. The Center’s problem-solving courts include the nation’s first community court (Midtown Community Court), as well as drug courts, domestic violence courts, youth courts, mental health courts, and others. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center works to strengthen the neighborhoods it serves in order to make them safer and more vibrant by engaging the local residents in problem solving and civic engagement.  Key programs focus on youth organizing, expanding and providing mental health services for young men of color, violence intervention and prevention as well as a volunteer run legal resource clinic.  A key project of the Mediation Center, Save Our Streets Brooklyn (S.O.S.), is a community based effort to end gun violence based on the Cure Violence model.

The Center seeks a Hospital Responder/ Crisis Intervention Specialist to help create better access to on-site victim services and crisis intervention to those who have been directly impacted by violence. The role of the Intervention Specialist will be to deliver crisis intervention services and follow-up to those who have experienced violent trauma. The Intervention Specialist will support services at Kings County Hospital and on-site at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and Bed-Stuy S.O.S. office. This person will be available to travel within Brooklyn to provide services and provide home visits.  Professional or personal experience with the criminal justice system is preferred.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Crisis Intervention:

  • Provide counseling services for youth, young adults and their caregivers/support system as referred by SOS Hospital Workers and SOS Outreach Workers
  • Conduct intakes, screenings, clinical assessments and comprehensive treatment recommendations for services
  • Assist CV Hospital Responders with follow-up appointments on hospital bedside visits
  • Co-facilitate groups with youth and young adults (as needed)
  • Provide crisis intervention and support as needed
  • Provide trauma-informed screening, assessment, and treatment of referred clients
  • Complete and maintain all required documentation in a regular, timely manner and in accordance with Mediation Center and DOHMH policies
  • Maintain client documentation and records in accordance with funding requirements and Mediation Center policies
  • Schedule appointments for participants based on their needs
  • Engage families in wrap-around services

Supervision and Meetings:

  • Participate in clinical supervision
  • Participate in case conferencing meetings with non-clinical case management staff
  • Participate in agency staff meetings, self-care activities and trainings
  • Attend Kings County “Circle of Safety” monthly meetings
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor
  • Communicate effectively with multiple stake holders including CHCMC Deputy Director, Director of Trauma Support Services, and SOS Program Managers

Community Outreach

  • Canvass community alongside S.O.S. staff
  • Attend community events with S.O.S. staff to enhance their gun violence intervention work
  • Raise awareness amongst traditional victim service providers to help them strengthen their efforts to work with all victims of violence


  • Belief in the innate capacity of youth to positively impact their community
  • Extremely punctual and reliable, highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Well organized, demonstrated ability to prioritize, detail-oriented
  • Strong written & verbal skills
  • Ability to work some evenings & weekends as needed
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and respond to crises


  • MSW or at least 5 or more years of experience providing crisis intervention work
  • Knowledge of youth engagement, victimization, community violence and intimate partner violence necessary
  • Understanding of the criminal justice system
  • Understanding of violence interrupter/Cure Violence projects desirable
  • Applicant must possess excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment and as part of a team
  • Experience with individual case management and counseling
  • Understanding of complex trauma reactions
  • Experience working with youth and families from “high risk” communities, especially young men of color and juvenile justice-involved youth
  • Experience working either in the community or in a variety of settings: homes, schools, neighborhoods, other agencies, etc.
Competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits package
Deadline to Apply: 
February 15, 2017
How to Apply: 

Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:
Subject line: Hospital Crisis Intervention Specialist

Note: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.  Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.

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