Resources For Human Development, Inc. Behav Health Worker in Knoxville, Iowa
The Housing and Vocational Specialist on the Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) is responsible for direct services provided in the collaboration with consumers, significant others, and collateral resources. This team member will assist adults with a diagnosis of a serious and persistent mental illness to gain access to needed resources such as financial, housing, medical, social, vocational, educational, leisure and mental health services. This team member will be, when designated, the primary for individuals served by the team and collaborate with the individual and team members to address the service delivery system for the individual and will monitor both the individual s functioning and the delivery of services to the individual in order to maintain the individual s stability in the community. Insuring quality of life as a means of reducing stressors and thereby reducing the exacerbation of illness and hospital recidivism are the primary goals of the collaborative relationship between the individual and team members. It is expected that 70% of this team member s time will be spent in actual contacts with the consumer or others on the consumer s behalf. Paperwork requirements and staff meetings should require the remaining 30% of time.
The CROSS MHDS ACT program will have an office in Knoxville Iowa, and a satellite location in Leon Iowa. The ACT program will support participants residing through the seven counties of the CROSS MHDS Region. This position will also support the operation of the program on a rotating on-call, evening, and weekend schedule.
Essential Duties and Functions
• Provide on-call, after-hour support to clients as scheduled.
• Provide face-to-face services in the client s home, in public places, wherever necessary.
• Ensure clients have access to and utilize the ACT after-hours on-call staff for emergencies or after-hour support.
• Utilize Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Stages of Change techniques to engage and provide treatment to clients.
• Assume lead roles with designated clients. Develop, coordinate, and implement treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for these cases.
• Provide consumers with housing assistance which is consistent with the housing first model.
• Provide interventions related to obtaining and maintaining stable housing.
• Develop treatment plans, early intervention plans, and recovery action plans with clients.
• Assist with medication monitoring of self-administration and medication education.
• Perform crisis intervention related to both housing and mental health crises.
• Provide direct assistance with family of clients in areas such as in-home family education and relationship building.
• Provide transportation assistance to consumers; including public transportation or use of private vehicle. Assist clients in becoming transportation independent.
• Provide assertive outreach when necessary to engage clients.
• Assure continuity of care when client is in the hospital, jail, respite, etc.
• Actively participate in the engagement of new clients into the ACT program many of whom are transitioning from a residential, or inpatient acute level of care.
• Engage in collateral consultation and service coordination planning meetings.
• Coordinate all services pertaining to consumer housing.
• Determine appropriate housing interventions for consumers who are homeless or at risk of losing housing and ensure appropriate follow through.
• Submit accurate and on-time chart documentation and reports
• Submit accurate and on-time mileage reimbursement documentation
• Document telephone and face-to-face contacts with consumers on program progress notes (due the next day after face-to-face contact).
• Document all collateral contacts and community-based activities.
• Complete a monthly statistical summary on primary consumers and submit by the first of each month.
• Perform monthly self-audits of all documentation to ensure accuracy
• Maintain up-to-date consumer charts, statistical forms; and other information and documentation as required.
• Compile and complete monthly, quarterly and yearly housing reports.
BA/BS degree in a Human Service field is required
3 years experience in a community-based, human services position
Proficient reading, grammar, and mathematics skills
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Demonstrate ability to work with multi-cultural population
Valid Iowa Driver s license
Strong organization and time management skills
Ability to demonstrate strong critical thinking skills