Community Support Counselor

Position Title : Community Support Counselor
Department Unit : Community Support Services
Reports to : Vocational & Community Support Services Director 

Essential Functions:
  • Provide case management to adults with serious mental illness living in Laurel House apartments and/or in apartments in the community owned and managed by other landlords.
  • Enhance the independent living skills of program participants to promote their personal well-being, self-sufficiency and integration in the community.
  • Integrate community support with other community-based supportive social services provided by Laurel House Resource Center staff such as employment, education, Thinking Well (cognitive remediation), and psychosocial skill building workshops.
Provide individualized support and services to assist program participants in developing strengths, skills, and contacts with community resources.  Demonstrate empathy, respect and consideration for the dignity and self-esteem of all participants, while providing skills training and support to promote independence and optimize quality of life.

  • Provide case management and/or assist in skill building to 15-20 individuals with serious mental illness and some of those with co-occurring disorders such as substance use disorder
  • Develop an individualized Recovery Plan with each apartment tenant, directed at restoring participant functioning and achieving greater self-sufficiency in community activities and, longer term, full integration into their local communities.
  • Provide independent living skills counseling, coaching, and assistance to participants in Laurel House’s Community Support programs in the following areas:
    • money management, budgeting, bill paying, banking;
    • benefits and related reporting requirements;
    • self-care and proactive scheduling and follow-through for medical appointments;
    • communication and coordination with treatment providers as needed;
    • learning basic responsibilities for upkeep of apartment or other living environment;
    • tenant interrelations and rights and responsibilities of community living;
    • promotion of self-advocacy and development of socialization skills (goal setting, problem solving, communication, etc.).
  • Create meaningful recovery plans; update and maintain records for tenants, including vital statistics with current contact information, service plans, reassessments, progress notes, and all other records and reports required by program funding sources, in both paper and electronic versions.
  • Provide outreach, support, and continuity of service in apartments, housing office, and community.
Knowledge and Skills Required
Minimum Requirements

To apply for this position please send your cover letter and resume to

Our Mission

Laurel House provides resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness to lead fulfilling and productive lives in their communities throughout Fairfield County. 

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