Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority (NLCMHA) recognizes the value of and employs people with lived experience and believes strongly in Recovery and a Culture of Gentleness. To this end, this position requires a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture that “Expects Recovery” and “Encourages Gentleness.”

Employees in this clinical position are responsible for ensuring continuity of services, with a primary responsibility for assuring that the five case management functions are carried out: assessment, planning, linking, monitoring and advocacy. The Child and Family Specialist is an advocate and service broker for the IDD consumer and is a resource to the treatment staff. 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):

  • 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 IDD 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.
  • Provide crisis intervention services when appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Learn and become familiar with ABA services and Autism supports.

 

MINIMUM & EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

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 areas is preferred.

 

LICENSING or CERTIFICATIONS:

Must have licensure with the State of Michigan as a Licensed Bachelors Social Worker. Limited Licensed Bachelors Social Worker or licensed RN considered.  

Must maintain licensure.

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