START Program Director
- Posted: over a month ago
- Benefits: 401k, dental, life insurance, medical, vision,
The START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) is a tertiary care research-based model of services and supports, which was implemented in1988 by Dr. Joan Beasley, at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability/UCED. Allegheny County DHS will be establishing a START Program in response to individuals ages 6 and up who have both an Intellectual Disability and/or Autism and co-occurring mental illness who experience crisis. The complex needs presented by this population require a high level of specialized skill in assessment and development of treatment approaches including adaptation or alternative treatment approaches to address the mental health needs for individuals who also commonly experience communication, cognitive and sensory disabilities.
This position will be within the Office of Developmental Supports. Supervision will be shared between the Office of Developmental Supports and the Office of Behavioral Health.
The Primary Responsibilities of the START Program Director will include:
- Oversee the START program. Including regular meetings with the START Assistant Director, Clinical Director, and Resource Center Director
- Serve as liaison between Allegheny DHS and START Team
- Participate as a member of the START Referral Review Committee
- Act as a support to the START team in the community
- Maintain communication with other regional START directors
- Chair and coordinate the START Advisory Council out of Allegheny County DHS
- Participate in any Clinical Education Teams (CET) meetings
- Oversee the Systemic Analysis and Consultation activities
- Collaborate with other members of the START leadership team and UNH/CSS staff to monitor quality of START service delivery and assure fidelity to the START model
- Participate in and complete any appropriate START Certification training process
- Support START in the development of educational/training/public relations materials
- Work with the START team to research and apply best practices
- Participate in Allegheny County Crisis Response and similar activities.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledgeable of child and adult serving systems within the Department of Human Services.
- Possess skills related to system analysis of transformation strategies
- Ability to strategize, manage, and oversee projects
- Knowledge of system strengths and gaps.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Ability to plan, organize and participate in multi-system activities.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Excellent interpersonal and group facilitation skills.
- Creative problem solving/mediation skills.
- A minimum of a master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling or other human service field with 2 years’ experience working with people with IDD and behavioral health needs
- 2 years’ supervisory experience
- Experience collaborating with community service systems
- Experience supporting individual and group clinical applications with people experiencing DD and MH challenges
- Experience with DD and MH case management processes
- Experience with Project Management (has designed and planned projects)
If hired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department of Human Services and be employed by Great Lakes Behavioral Research.
In accordance with the Allegheny County mandate effective August 9th, 2021 individuals being made conditional job offers with the county will have to be vaccinated from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to applicable federal and state laws. The prospective employee will need to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or have at least one shot of a two-shot series before beginning work. Any employee who does not receive the second shot within 30 days of their start date will have their probationary employment terminated. Please note you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination.
Fully vaccinated from COVID-19 is defined as:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
About Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)
In Allegheny County, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making a difference. You don’t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make your mark. With only 1.3 million people in the County, it is small enough for motivated people to get things done. Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affect people in need in a positive and lasting way. We help children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in Allegheny County.
DHS is the largest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly$1 billion. DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include: Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing future occurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support, home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment for behavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness; managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventing unnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.
- It is innovative. Most recently, the national attention and awards we’ve gotten are for how DHS integrates data and uses them to improve the safety and well-being of children through tools that support front-line staff in making decisions (using predictive analytics).
- DHS is diverse, but we strive to be even more inclusive. Our director has made it his top priority that DHS is “the kind of place where a diverse group of talented people want to come, grow, and do their best work.” This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
- It has strong, assertive leaders. We do not hire yes-people.
You can make a big impact here. We stand out as one of the best human services organizations in the country. But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leaders to make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the people who most need our help to make their lives better.
“DHS strives to be the kind of place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come to grow and do their best work.”
-From the organization’s statement on Equity and Inclusion
Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute
Great Lakes was founded in 1977 to provide a broad range of information management, research and consulting services to the government and public sector. Our initial focus was primarily research and evaluation services. In 2000, due to the addition and growth of our staffing function; the principals of Great Lakes founded Diversified Care Management, a sister company that specializes in staffing of direct service functions to the public and non-profit sector.
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