This position will not be office based and will require travel. It is not county specific. NLCMHA geographically covers the following six counties: Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford.
The Community Support Worker will assist people with disabilities through providing individualized programming, instruction and assistance and the development of skills in all areas of daily living. These training experiences include but are not limited to personal care, household maintenance, cooking, laundry, budgeting, use of leisure time, transportation and utilization of community resources. Other responsibilities include assisting with gaining access to participation in social recreation, volunteer and other community-based activities of their choosing while gaining and/or maintain health and safety awareness. They will provide the opportunity for individuals served to participate in new activities and visit new places while teaching skills and fostering independence in the community.
The Community Support Worker must have good judgement, be a positive role model and be able to communicate respectfully and effectively with the people served and their support team. The worker will help support and guide individuals as they make relevant choices and will support and encourage their movement toward a more independent, integrated lifestyle. The worker will continually evaluate and help individuals develop natural supports and positive community relationships. The worker will transport individuals, support them in community activities, at medical appointments, shopping and in social, recreational and leisure activities.
ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS (listing Position Specific functions first):
- Must successfully complete Working with People class and demonstrate the ability to embrace and practice the philosophies and tools of gentle teaching.
- Demonstrate support needed to promote integration into the community for the individual that adheres to “person-centered planning” and principles of self-determination.
- Locate, obtain, coordinate and collaborate with resources/services outside and inside the NLCMHA system as indicated by the Individual Treatment Plan.
- Assist or provide arrangements to access resources and events, including provision of transportation.
- Work effectively with other service providers, families, guardians and case managers concerning assessments, services implementation and consumer participation.
- Plan and implement an individualized activity calendar for each consumer based on consumer desires and interests with consumer involvement and input from family and support team.
- Ability to prepare progress notes, reports and required documentation and submit in on a timely basis.
- When caring for a person, physical exertion will be expected to help a person meet their personal care needs.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
High school degree/GED required.
One year of experience in Mental Health services with a related degree in Human Services preferred.