In accordance with agency Mission, Vision, Values and Goals, the Employment Specialist develops specific employment opportunities with program participants. The Employment Specialist establishes and maintains professional relationships with community employers in an effort to increase the number of available job opportunities for program participants. This position also assists the participant in selecting, obtaining and maintaining the employment position of their choice. Participants in the program will be or become clients of CMHS, Inc.
Manages a caseload of SMI participants receiving mental health services at CMHS to assist them in meeting their employment goals. As part of this process, provides an average of 4 hrs and 15 mins of face-to-face participant contact per day and averages 6 employer contacts (with hiring authority) per week.
Appropriately delivers and documents services according to agency/ethical standards, timelines, QA/QI procedures, Utilization Management, emergency procedures, program/consumer outcomes, and contractual expectations, including those of the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and maintains fidelity to the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of service delivery.
Works with the participant and his/her treatment team to identify strengths and needs related to their desired vocational goals and focuses on participant strengths and preferences in working to re-integrate the participant into the community through employment.
Conducts job development and job search activities directed towards positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the participant, following the principles and procedures of IPS. Provides supported education, using principles similar to IPS, for participants who express interest in education to advance their employment goals.
Engages the participant in establishing collaborative relationships towards the goal of competitive employment in community job settings with co-workers who may not have psychiatric disabilities. Demonstrates a belief that participants can obtain and maintain meaningful employment as a means of wellness and recovery by providing support and education, including, but not limited to, providing the participant with information regarding how employment will affect their public entitlements.
Provides education and support to employers as directed by the participant’s agreed upon treatment goals, objectives and interventions, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact with employer.
Provides individualized, time-unlimited follow-along supports to assist participants in maintaining employment.
Attends weekly meetings with assigned treatment team and communicates individually with team members between meetings to ensure that vocational services are integrated into the participant’s mental health treatment and that care is coordinated efficiently among all disciplines. Attends regularly scheduled supervision with Employment Services Manager.
Provides education to community employers regarding IPS and mental illnesses.
Follows all agency policies and procedures including emergency and corporate compliance policies/procedures 100% of the time.
Maintains all required annual trainings.
Attends and participates in job-related trainings assigned by supervisor.
Provides consultation and education the agency regarding vocational opportunities for participants.
Assists Employment Specialist team members in covering participant needs when primary provider is unavailable.
Bachelor's degree in Human Services field. Meeting DMH exception rule in regards to equivalent years of service to this population will be considered.
One year of supported employment experience preferred.
Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:
Ability to meet the public and to provide community education.
REQUIREMENTS FOR POSITION
Must become CPRC Privileged staff according to Medicaid guidelines to provide services to adults (age 17 years, 9 months and older) with serious and persistent mental illness.
Must acquire and maintain training related to job performance including, but not necessarily limited to: Agency Orientation, Adult Community Services Orientation, Program Orientation, CPR training (every 2 years), First Aid training (every 2 years), Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training, (every 2 years), Infection Control, Medication Training, Cultural Competence (6 hours every 2 years), and Documentation training. Must complete 16 hours per year with documented attendance of professional development/training or education related to case management, community support and to the special needs of serving adults with serious and persistent mental illness.
Other Requirements include
Access to a dependable automobile, with proof of adequate auto insurance for making frequent trips to job sites.
Must be willing to transport program participants when needed.
DEGREE OF SUPERVISION
Receives one hour of supervision each week by the Employment Services Manager.
Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc.