Mission: Options for Community Living, Inc. is committed to assisting individuals and families in need to develop their fullest potential for independent living. Residential and support services prepare participants for the demands and responsibilities of community life and promote ...
Options for Community Living, Inc. is committed to helping Long Island’s neediest families and individuals live healthier, more stable and productive lives.
In 1982 Options was established to respond to the need for supportive housing for people with serious mental illness. The Mental Health Residential Program grew rapidly, and in 1994 Options began providing case management services and housing to Long Islanders living with HIV/AIDS. More recently, Options has partnered with Long Island Health Homes to offer care coordination services to high need Medicaid users with chronic illnesses through the Access to Care Program.
Today, Options serves over 1500 adults and children annually through its programs and manages over 150 housing sites scattered across Long Island.
Options has been accredited, with commendations, by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), since 2000. This accreditation signifies Options’ commitment to quality, value, and optimal outcomes in the delivery of services.
Options prides itself on maintaining a professional staff, committed to enriching the lives of our program participants. The majority of our employees work directly with individuals and families, in partnership with other professionals, to improve health, stability, and independence. We have both full and part time employment opportunities. We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Options is an equal opportunity employer.
I have been working at Options for Community Living full-time (More than a year)
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with like-minded people to make a positive impact in people’s lives every day. Expansion--in the last two years the agency has grown substantially which created more jobs helping people with mental health concerns. Compensation—very competitive F/T. Benefits--good time off package, annual into time bank, Tuition Reimbursement, Affordable Medical Coverage. Opportunities—I have seen at least six promotions across several departments because of the expansion. Flexibility--Great Company will make accommodations for you during the semester. Job Stability—many long term employees. The agency has a friendly culture of professionalism and courtesy that is evident from the vast majority of people I’ve encountered with very few exceptions. The best part about working for such a small agency is that upper management and especially the Executive Director are accessible, approachable and will listen to you. That is not common, but it is admirable.
Social work and human services agencies have down sides like all other fields. Speaking from my twenty years of experience in these allied fields, I can honestly say that Options is no different. Some negative energy people will always exist in the workplace, that’s just life. If you handle them with class and candor like 99.9% of the folks I’ve had the pleasure to befriend at Options, you will easily identify and navigate around toxic employees. Those people generally don’t last very long in this jobs market.
Advice to Management
Continue to follow your mission statement. The expansions are amazing accomplishments giving the agency a chance to help even more people. Continue to grow and serve.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Options for Community Living.
Submit application, get called immediately because there are always people quitting. Easy interview, TB test, fingerprinting, background check. Unless you are a complete slob or career criminal you should get the job.