Chestnut Health Systems

  • Community Support Specialist

    Location US-IL-Belleville
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Regular Full-Time
    Mental Health
  • Overview

    Chestnut Health Systems is a leading provider of behavioral health care services. Over the course of 40 years, Chestnut has grown to over 750 committed, compassionate employees providing care at multiple substance abuse and mental health treatment centers in Central and Southern Illinois. Chestnut also conducts research and training throughout the U.S.A.


    Chestnut Health Systems is seeking a full-time Community Support Specialist for our Supportive Services for Veteran Families program our Belleville, IL location, servicing the Metro East and St. Louis, MO areas. Prefer military veterans of service or spouses/other immediate family members of military veterans.


    • Complete required data entry, updating SSVF data bases and spread sheets and paperwork in accordance with program and Veteran Administration policies and procedures, including but limited to opening requirements, Housing Stability Assessments, Housing Stability Plans, progress notes and any other funder requirements.100% of Housing Stability Assessments and Housing Stability Plans to be completed during the first face-to-face meeting with Veteran. 80% of progress notes and any other required data entry or paperwork submitted within forty-eight hours of the delivery of the service.
    • Provide services identified in the Housing Stability Plan. Services to be Veteran driven and meet the program requirements, including providing services to the total number of Veterans identified annually in the SSVF application.
    • Promote the recovery model of treatment including trauma-informed care, hope, respect, empowerment, health/wellness and spirituality/connectedness by assisting consumers with regaining control over their own lives through self-directed recovery; including utilizing recovery language in all applicable documentation.
    • Provide for outreach, engagement, referral, linkage, and advocacy and “warm hand offs” to recommended community resources, including the Veteran Assistance Commission offices and the Veterans Administration, to ensure Veterans and their support systems receive access to recommended services and assistance.
    • Promote positive interactions within Chestnut and with the community, especially with landlords, property managers, Continuum of Cares, and Veteran support and service organizations, to sustain a favorable program reputation.
    • Attend meetings and Veteran staffings, participate in program development activities and provide support and backup to other team members as necessary, including:
    • Attending all SSVF meetings and trainings, as required.
    • Attending all mandatory Chestnut trainings and CEU requirements, if applicable.
    • Provide consultation to Chestnut staff, community providers, families or others regarding referrals, recommendations and progress made by Veterans and their families.
    • Attend Veteran Fairs, job fairs, Stand Ups and Stand Downs, Point in Time Counts and complete street outreach to locate eligible Veterans and conduct eligibility screens as applicable.
    • Maintain SSVF Veteran charts, including opening, closing, filing, and reviewing for accuracy.
    • Provide advocacy for housing sustainability with landlords, property managers, utility companies, Chestnut Credit Counseling staff, employment staff and other community agencies.
    • Maintain and protect confidentiality of all organizational information gained in the course of performing job responsibilities including, but not limited to, financial and consumer information.
    • Provide other duties as assigned, required or specifically negotiated with supervisor.



    • Prefer military veterans of service or spouses/other immediate family members of military veterans.
    • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent and five (5) years’ supervised mental health experience in a human services field; or a high school diploma or equivalent and seven (7) years’ experience as a military veteran of service or as a spouse/other immediate family member of military veterans; or a Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, education, psychology or related human services field; or a Bachelor’s degree in any other field with 2+ years’ supervised clinical experience in a mental health setting; or a certificate of psychiatric rehabilitation from a DHS-approved program plus a high school diploma or equivalent plus 2 years’ experience in providing mental health services; or a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) in good standing with the State of Illinois.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license, private automobile insurance and be insurable (when applicable).
    • Requires basic computer skills and experience to include MS Word, MS Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat and an electric medical record (EMR).
    • Satisfactory completion of Chestnut’s background checking process.

    This full-time position includes an excellent compensation and benefits package including health, dental, life, and disability insurance, a retirement savings plan with company match, generous paid time off benefits, and more.


    For immediate consideration, please see us at


    Chestnut welcomes applications from qualified individuals with recovery experience.


    EOE - Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed