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Bilingual Mental Health Counselor

Bilingual Mental Health Specialist

Location: scattered housing sites in Boston and Lawrence (primarily Lawrence)

SUMMARY: The Licensed Mental Health specialist will provide on-site therapy and substance abuse counseling for clients residing in Permanent Supportive Housing at scattered sites in Boston and Lawrence.  The majority of clients have experienced chronic homelessness, are experiencing or are in recovery from substance addiction, and are diagnosed with physical and/or mental health conditions, including HIV/AIDS.  The specialist will work as part of a treatment team to provide services that enable the client to maintain housing and achieve optimal physical and mental health.

COMPENSATION FOR THIS POSITION: $60,000 – $70,000 DOE with benefits. Full-time employees receive health, dental and life insurance, and generous time off.  Licensure supervision and opportunities for CEUs available.


  • Provide on-site individual therapy for clients residing in Permanent Supportive Housing at scattered sites in Boston and Lawrence. Complete a brief individual needs assessment to determine treatment plan.  Execute evidence-based therapeutic interventions to address client concerns.
  • Establish and run, with the support of on-site Medical Case Managers, weekly therapeutic groups related to substance addiction, recovery, wellness, and mental health. This intervention is temporarily postponed due to COVID-19.
  • Communicate with on-site Medical Case Managers for referrals, warm hand-off of clients, and recommended follow up.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a peer mentoring program amongst residents in recovery.
  • Maintain documentation of program participation agreement, assessment, treatment plans, session progress notes, and group attendance.
  • Complete reports of sessions for billing/payment purposes to CLT staff. No insurance billing necessary.
  • Collaborate with CLT staff, including Clinical Program Director, regarding any immediate safety or crisis needs.
  • The hours of this position are flexible, with some evening and/or weekend hours required.



Licensure requirements: LMHC, LICSW, LCSW, PhD, LADC I, CADC-II.  Must have a Bachelor’s degree with a license in substance abuse counseling or Master’s degree in mental health discipline.

For Bilingual Mental Health Specialist- Must be bilingual (English/Spanish).

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be well-versed in addictions-related issues, comfortable with a harm-reduction approach to clients, and know how to deescalate situations appropriately.
  • Be experienced and trained in mental health, social service provision, or case management with prior experience working with populations similar to those we serve, including people with HIV, people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, and people living with mental illness.
  • Be able to work well independently, as well as with a team that includes supportive housing managers, staff assistants, outside social service providers, and community groups.
  • Have experience designing and running groups related to substance use and mental health.
  • Have experience collecting and reporting data for grant purposes.
  • Have basic technology skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and electronic record keeping.


ABOUT COMMONWEALTH LAND TRUST Established in 1985, Commonwealth Land Trust (CLT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is dedicated to preserving neighborhoods and preventing homelessness. CLT owns and manages over 425 units of affordable housing and provides on-site case management services to some of Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents. Linking housing and care, CLT works to rebuild lives and communities. We promote from within.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer: Commonwealth Land Trust does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by law including, but not limited to, race, color, creed, age, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, sex, marital status, familial status, pregnancy, receipt of public assistance, handicap, disability, military obligations, military service or status as a U.S. veteran.  

  • Job Type: Full-time (40 hours/week)
  • Se habla Espanol