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APD Specialist

Eckerd Connects Largo, FL

  • Posted: November 13, 2020
  • Full-Time

Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives, C6

Eckerd Connects' Community Alternatives is the community-based care lead agency for child welfare services in Pasco and Pinellas Counties and manages one of Florida's largest systems of care, serving about 3,100 children each day. A Program of Eckerd Connects and governed by a community-based board, Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives has developed an integrated and collaborative system of care for safety, well-being and permanency of vulnerable and at risk children, while strengthening and supporting families. In its role as lead agency or "system manager", provides: adoption support; child abuse prevention; child placement; contract and fiscal oversight; foster home management; performance and data management; resource development; and utilization management.

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Position Summary
To be the designated specialist for youth with developmental disabilities, crossover medical concerns, or other qualifying areas for APD.

Essential Functions

  • Completion of all APD packets of children currently in or entering Out of Home Care. Including obtaining historical records and documentation to be submitted with the APD applications.
  • Schedule appropriate evaluations for children in need of documentation in order to meet outlined criteria for submission of APD packet.
  • Attend all Monthly APD calls with DCF and complete and track follow-up from calls.
  • Designated lead agency POC for APD.
  • Build relationships with APD providers and community designees with the program.
  • Hold 90-day Multidisciplinary reviews on all children that are currently on the APD waitlist.
  • Attend permanency meetings to discuss APD viable options to meet child and family’s needs.
  • Screen children with APD providers and coordinate transition plans.
  • Proficiency in services in the community to implement upon reunification to ensure safe and secure reunifications.
  • Effectively identify closure opportunities within APD community settings with Reunification being with the parent or custodian and physical placement remaining in the APD.

Other Duties Include, But Not Limited To

  • Participate in training and development activities as required.
  • Report any acts, incidents or conditions that reflect the possibility of inappropriate youth-to-youth, staff-to-youth, or placement family-to-youth relationships.
  • Report any use of physical force and all unusual incidents per Eckerd Connects policy and state guidelines.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Specifications
Education: Bachelor's degree, from an accredited College or University, required, however, a degree in social work or related human services field, preferred. Experience: One-year direct experience in the delivery of services to families and children required. Also requires understanding/knowledge of child welfare services and requirements.

Skills: Possess knowledge of at-risk adolescents, troubled youth and their families. Possess knowledge of 65C-28. Ability to work well with youth, families, staff and agencies, and to maintain professional working relationships. Detail oriented, with excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures. Ability to work independently and utilize initiative, ability to be organized and to meet deadlines. Must be proficient in specific technology or systems that are utilized to track or manage day to day activities as assigned.

Physical Demands: Ability to sit at desk for long periods of time, with extended periods of computer work related to case activities and placements. Ability to occasionally lift/move up to 25 pounds.

Other: Must meet state criminal background check requirements.

Travel: Must be able to meet requirements for Eckerd’s Auto Insurance and be able to drive for business purposes. Maintain an appropriate and valid state driver’s license.

Employee Benefits

Eckerd wants your career to be as rewarding as possible. We provide our employees with numerous opportunities for growth, education, advancement, and the chance to contribute to business objectives. We offer competitive salaries and an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:

• Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

• Group Term Life and AD&D Insurance

• Voluntary term life insurance

• Paid short-term and long-term disability

• Professional group liability insurance

• 19 days of Paid Time Off the first year

• 8 paid holidays

• Flexible spending accounts

• Retirement savings plan with employer match up to 5%

• Mileage reimbursement

• Cell phone plan discounts

• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

• Employee Referral Program

• Flexible work schedules

• Employee Wellness/Well-Being program


Eckerd Connects


Largo, FL
33771 USA
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