Persons in this position demonstrate a belief in Youth Guided Family Driven Care and a Culture of Gentleness. Responsible for ensuring family support and training, continuity of services, coordination of supports and services, case management functions of assessment, planning, linking, monitoring, and advocacy.  The IDD Family Specialist is an advocate and service broker for the child and family, a resource to treatment staff, and provides parent education and family training using agency endorsed EBP. Participates in NLCMHA’s multi-system team that addresses needs of children with IDD/ASD and those dually diagnosed.  Works closely with SOC community partners, ISD/Schools, Health Care, Family Court, and DHS. The IDD Family Specialist reports to the Child and Family Supervisor as assigned. This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.



ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS (listing Position Specific functions first):

  • Coordinate Person-Centered Planning. In doing so, attends to the total spectrum of the individual’s needs, including but not necessarily limited to, housing, family relationship, social activities, education, finance, employment, health, recreation, mobility, protective services, and records.
  • Collaborate with consumers (and staff) assessing their needs, develop treatment goals, objectives, methodologies, timelines, and evaluate progress toward goals.
  • Locate, obtain, and coordinate services outside and inside the CMH system as indicated by the individual treatment plan.
  • Provide supportive services to the consumer and his/her family.
  • May participate in interventions, assessments, and other aspects of crisis services during and after hours as necessary.
  • Intervene when necessary to assure implementation of the plan
  • Request, when necessary, review of the individual program plan by the individual’s interdisciplinary team.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary team evaluation and review for assigned consumers, as indicated.
  • Conduct orientation and annual psychosocial assessment of individual consumer needs.
  • Evaluate, facilitates and monitors services and consumers progress in relationship to established goals and objectives and document as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain an effective liaison between NLCMHA and outside providers.
  • Participate in Quality Assurance case review procedures, including consumer satisfaction.
  • Maintain current knowledge of mental health symptomatology, intervention, and treatment strategies.
  • Monitor treatment plan follow-up, services to consumer and over-all conditions. Works with the providers to make necessary improvements.  Follow-up problem areas as appropriate.
  • Facilitate consumer’s benefits (e.g., SSI, Medicaid, SSB, Medicare).
  • Review and coordinate with team and provider on decision involving hospitalization, respite and/or transfers/level of care changes. Implements plan of action.
  • Deliver medications to consumers as requested.
  • May observe setup of consumer’s medications.


Must have licensure with the State of Michigan as a Licensed Bachelors Social Worker, Limited Licensed Bachelors Social Worker, licensed Master professional in a related Mental Health discipline, or licensed RN.   Must maintain Michigan licensure.



Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from a university with an accredited Social Work program, or a Degree in Nursing.  Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology or Counseling. Meets Child Mental Health Professional and Qualified Mental Retardation Professional eligibility criteria.