Under the general supervision of the Program Director or Designee, functions as part of a team providing client-centered, strength-based, trauma-informed rehabilitation and recovery services to consumers that relate to the care, nurturing, treatment, education, socialization, habilitation, recovery/healing and support of adults and transition age youth diagnosed with a mental illness and in some instances, co-occurring substance abuse disorder. These tasks focus on supporting, instructing and assisting recipients of mental health services to develop the skills needed to attain personal goals, live, be educated, work, and socialize successfully in the community environments of their choice. This includes hands-on assistance with daily living skills, including but not limited to hygiene, upkeep of physical space and living environment (including bed-bug prevention and treatment), laundry, shopping, meal planning and preparation, cooking, housekeeping, and traveling.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions unless this causes undue hardship to the agency.
Models appropriate behavior and provides rehabilitation and recovery services to consumers that incorporates skills training in all areas of psychiatric rehabilitation, including the 11 restorative services. Uses cognitive-behavioral techniques (e.g. role-plays, skills training, plans of action) that assist the consumer in meeting service plan goals Examples of skills training include self-advocacy training, ADL (Activities of Daily Living) skill building, medication management training, socialization skill enhancement, and conflict resolution training. Uses cognitive-behavioral techniques (e.g. role-plays, skills training, plans of action) to assist the consumer in meeting service plan goals.
Ensures consumers’ compliance with medication, program, and medical appointments, including morning or evening routines, to help consumers meet treatment goals and maintain appointment.
Monitors individuals' self-administration of medication; counts appropriate doses of medication and maintains medication records in accordance with agency policies and procedures.
Accompanies consumers on regularly scheduled or emergency visits to medical treatment facilities, social agencies, government offices, or other locations associated with the treatment or assistance of the consumer.
Obtains and develops resource information for consumers in all aspects of their care (clinical services, recreational activities, vocational programs both within and outside of ICL and disseminates this information to consumers in a manner that is clear and understandable. Advocates on behalf of consumer with outside service providers and within ICL and works with other team members in addressing the needs of the consumers.
Plans, escorts, and/or arranges social/recreational, vocational, medical and other activities for and with consumers.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
High School diploma or GED plus two years full time experience providing direct services to individuals with mental disabilities or Associates degree (or currently matriculated in a 4 year degree program and completion of half the course requirements) plus 2 years full time experience providing direct services to individuals with mental disabilities or Bachelor’s degree plus 1 year experience providing direct services to individuals with mental disabilities. Minimum experience requirements are waived for candidates with a bachelor’s degree that required a one-year practicum working directly with individuals with mental disabilities (e.g., BSW).