Persons in this position demonstrate a belief in Youth Guided Family Driven Care. Employees in this clinical position are 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 Child and Family Specialist is an advocate and service broker for the child and family, a resource to treatment staff, and provides family training using agency endorsed Evidence Based Practices (EBPs).  The Child and Family Specialist participates in the after-hours on-call system. The Child and 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):

  • Provide case management services to address the unmet needs for children and families who are at risk of out-of-home/community placement and increase risk of COVID-19 transmission.
  • Demonstrate commitment to fulfilling duties within a System of Care for Children with SED and their families and collaborates closely with the SOC partners: Family, DHS, Family Court, Healthcare Providers, and schools.
  • Conduct comprehensive, quality assessments of both children and families.
  • Develop comprehensive Youth Guided Family Driven Individual Plan of Service (IPOS)
  • Ensure children receive services identified in IPOS.
  • Coordinate services for children who are psychiatrically hospitalized.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with NLCMHA team and with primary health care provider.
  • Coordinate Person-Centered Planning. In doing so, attend 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 Family Training using NLCMHA endorsed EBPs.
  • Provide supportive services to the consumer and his/her family.
  • Provide crisis intervention services when appropriate.
  • Intervene when necessary to assure implementation of the plan.
  • 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 in the IPOS.
  • Provide Youth Transition Planning and Services.
  • 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 symptomotology, intervention and treatment strategies.
  • Facilitate consumer’s benefits (e.g. SSI, Medicaid, SSB, and Medicare).
  • Review and coordinate with team and provider on decisions involving hospitalization, respite and/or transfers/level of care changes. Implements plan of action.
  • Complete all documentation according to policy and unit guidelines.



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



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited university, or a Degree in Nursing.
  • One (1) year of experience in developmental disabilities or mental illness.
  • Master’s degree in Social Work, psychology or counseling.