The Newborn Home Visiting Program (NHVP), in an effort to promote the agencyâ€™s Take Care New York goal of â€œHaving a Healthy Babyâ€, offers home visits to families with a new infant on breastfeeding and safe sleep practices; education on maternal and infant health issues; conducts home environmental assessments and makes referrals for health and social service supports. NHVP serves families in the District Public Health Office neighborhoods in the South Bronx, North/Central Brooklyn, and East/Central Harlem. The Program has embarked on a new initiative to provide services to women in homeless shelters throughout the five boroughs. These neighborhoods and populations have among the highest rates of infant mortality and other poor health outcomes among children in New York City. Consultant Social Workers receive referrals from NHVP staff and provide direct social work services; conduct psychosocial assessment and create social service intervention plans with clients; advocate on behalf of clients to appropriate agencies; assure referral completion and follow-up. Direct interaction with clients, collaboration with DHS social service staff and conducting home and shelter is an integral part of the position. Duties and Responsibilities Under the direction of the DHS Initiatives Director, the Social worker will: Support home visitors to ensure appropriate assessment and referral for identified social and/or mental health need of women and families living in shelters. Facilitate strategies designed to support successful engagement with families living in NYC shelters; and ensure connection to services and resources to support client self-sufficiency. Conduct home visits, complete observations to support monitoring and assessment of core components of program intervention are delivered including orienting, counseling, and training program staff on psychosocial assessment and interventions. Assess, link and follow-up with high-risk families and organizations to ensure connection to interventions and support services. Identify citywide/community resources; establish and maintain linkages with community organizations and partners. Serve as social service and mental health/subject matter expert; provide technical assistance and training on working with at-risk families. Keep detailed records and provide regular activity summaries using standardized data collection tools Represent Program during meetings with internal and external stakeholders Support special projects related to DHS initiative as required.