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Summary: This is a full-time position designed to facilitate communication and to provide services to the students of RPS 205 and their families.

Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in education or a human services field.

Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years experience working with children and adolescents. Experience with school and/or community systems is necessary. Familiarity with behavior issues, school interventions, juvenile justice, wraparound, and local resources is beneficial.

Skills:

• Outstanding skills in writing, speaking, and listening
• Experience with diversity of cultures and ethnicities
• Creative, innovative approach to problem solving
• Passionate about children and the importance of their education

Reports to: School Principal/Director of Youth Services Network

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Establish good rapport with staff, students, and their families.
• Analyze various school data and help plan, coordinate, and implement “Connected School” interventions.
• Communicate behavior plans between all involved parties, including students, administration, teachers, and parents.
• Establish and maintain contact with community providers who work with students.
• Participate in conferences and other meetings regarding student concerns. Participate in all teachers meetings and “Problem Solving Team” meetings.
• Make referrals to mental health, substance abuse, and medical providers for appropriate services.
• Be aware of social problems that affect the families and be able to help alleviate the problems that impact school behavior.
• Be available to school staff as a resource for specific family and student problems.
• Function on an ethical and professional manner at all times, so that confident, respectful, and professional relationships can be maintained with students and families.
• In order to perform these duties, it will be necessary to transport students, parents, and family members.
• Dress in a business casual manner daily.

Youth Services Network is a community based agency located in Rockford, Illinois that provides therapy and supportive services to children and families that have experienced trauma.

The mission of Youth Services Network is to develop, provide and coordinate services to improve the physical, psychological and social well-being of youth and families. All services are trauma-informed, strength based and provided in the community.

Youth Services Network is a state licensed child welfare agency that has been in existence since 1982.

We are looking for a Creative and Team-Oriented Master’s level therapist to join our flexible, rewarding and collaborative team.

Preferred skills:
• Knowledge of community resources
• Knowledge of Trauma informed practices
• 2-3 years experience working with youth
• Good written and verbal communication skills

We offer:
• Individual and group clinical supervision
• Health and life insurance with dental and vision
• Mileage reimbursement
• 10 days paid vacation
• 11 paid holidays a year
• 2 personal days a year
• 12 paid sick days a year
• Paid holiday break between Christmas and New Years
• Many training opportunities
• Qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
• Simple IRA after 2 years of full-time employment

POSITION TITLE:               Early Intervention Service Coordinator

CLASSIFICATION:             Professional (Exempt)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: To serve families and children from birth to three years of age who are developmentally delayed and who need services to promote development and maintain the child in their natural environments.  The Early Intervention Service Coordinator shall provide information and referral, family and child needs assessments, arrange for eligibility determine, develop Individualized Family Service Plans and linkage to community services.  The Early Intervention Service Coordinator reports to the CFC Program Supervisor.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Receives referrals for children and families to access Early Intervention Services.
  • Establish and maintain the comprehensive Early Intervention record housed at the CFC office.
  • Conduct and complete an intake for each child referred in adherence to all state and federal regulations.
  • Arrange for necessary evaluations and assessments that will determine Early Intervention eligibility and appropriate services.
  • Ensure that eligibility determination is completed according to all state and federal regulations.
  • Complete Family Fee Assessments.
  • Collect required insurance information and determine insurance providers the family will be required to use unless otherwise waived.
  • Facilitate the initial Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting and complete an initial IFSP.
  • Ensure families are referred to appropriate services providers in a timely manner.
  • Complete 6-month IFSP reviews, annual eligibility redeterminations, and annual IFSPs in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  • Perform data management functions related to the collection of appropriate data, decimation and service authorizations as required by state and federal guidelines.
  • Ensure family choice in service plan implementation.
  • Meet established state performance benchmarks as defined by the department of Human Services.
  • Meet established benchmarks set by Access Service of Northern Illinois.
  • To ensure quality service delivery as outlined in Access Services of Northern Illinois’ Quality Assurance Plan.
  • Perform/complete other state established criteria as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

A Bachelor’s degree or higher in human services, behavioral science, social science or health related field or a current license as a Registered Nurse.  Must be able to obtain an EI Service Coordinator professional credential and maintain that credential.  Should possess a working knowledge of the Early Intervention System.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Possess a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance. Must be able to drive moderate distances.
  2. Develop written service plans and have the mental ability to assess the situation and to analyze and determine additional service needs.
  3. Records information and activities as required by agency procedures, and state and federal agencies, such as but not limited to record notes, forms, handwriting and computer.
  4. Uses professional interviewing techniques and is able to communicate effectively with families, state and community organizations as appropriate.
  5. Must have a mental ability to analyze a situation and be able to recommend resources and services to families and community organizations as appropriate.
  6. Uses phone to coordinate with community resources, services and follow-up with families, providers and other service related contacts.

Job Description for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant     

General Description:        

The Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (MHC) will provide ongoing, relationship based mental health consultation, technical assistance, and referral services to Early Care and Education (ECE) providers working with children ages birth to age 5 and their families within the communities served. The MHC will provide/facilitate pertinent training to ECE providers and others within the communities served, and on a statewide basis. The MHC will work proactively within their respective communities to improve and facilitate understanding and collaboration between the ECE field and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health field, and to promote community understanding of and support for child and family mental health.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Infant Mental Health, or related field.
  • Knowledge of early childhood development, including an understanding of the concepts and dynamics underlying young children’s social-emotional development (such as attachment and separation), as well as an understanding of family dynamics and the importance of child-caregiver interaction.
  • Experience in the Early Childhood Care and Education field, including an ability to be comfortable practicing in various early childhood settings, and to effectively integrate various appropriate mental health activities and philosophies.
  • Ability to identify key signs, symptoms, impact and manifestations of trauma, disrupted attachment, and adversity in children and adults.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human development and how people can be affected by trauma, abuse, adversity and stress at various stages.
  • Demonstrates an ability to apply trauma-informed principles through racial equity and social justice lens; and integrates them into daily practice. Communicates effectively and promotes collaborative problem solving by demonstrating care and respect in considering the diverse experiences and perspectives of others.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how behaviors, including those that appear to be “problems” or symptoms often reflect trauma-related coping skills.
  • Willingness to work evening and weekend hours when necessary to meet the needs of the child care providers and families that we serve.
  • Demonstrated competence in serving a culturally diverse population. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse workforce.
  • Demonstrated skill in designing and implementing professional training and development programs.
  • Willingness to examine personal beliefs about and experiences of trauma and childhood adversity and the impact these have on interactions with clients, colleagues, organizations and systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of self-care strategies and ways to utilize when needed.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including engaging presentation and public speaking skills. Demonstrates a communication style that is open, adaptable, reflective, engaging, honest, and culturally sensitive and eliminates the use of labels that stigmatize.
  • Must travel for job responsibilities, including long distance driving; hold a valid driver’s license that has not been revoked or suspended within the past three years, and use of a personal vehicle with adequate insurance.
  • Ability to collaborate with local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, and other partners in the DHS CCR&R system.

Responsibilities:

  • Consultation and Referral: Establish and maintain ongoing supportive relationships with childcare providers in communities we serve. A minimum of 200 on site contacts should be made per service year. Provide program level mental health consultation and technical assistance to childcare providers (both licensed and non-licensed) in communities we serve. Provide ongoing support for childcare staff to enhance interactions with the children and parents they serve. Assist ECE providers in designing setting-based intervention strategies to enhance children’s social-emotional development and mitigate behavioral disruptions. Provide mental health consultation regarding particular children with mild social-emotional challenges, including administering of screening and assessment tools as warranted. Provide information to provider regarding community resources that might be helpful to the identified needs of the family and caregiver. Facilitate trauma informed collaborative relationships with providers which demonstrates care, respect, cultural competence and developmental sensitivity. Educate providers about the risk and protective factors associated with trauma/childhood adversity, healthy child development and assisting them with developing tools/strategies to strengthen development.
  • Training: Facilitate delivery of training to the ECE community, either by providing the training directly or arranging for other competent trainers to do so. A minimum of 40 training hours should be provided per service year. Identify those training topics appropriate primarily for local presentation and those that lend themselves to broader audiences (such as State conferences) and facilitate either or both types of presentation as appropriate.
  • Record keeping:  Maintain all records as needed on a daily basis, including records necessary for program evaluation.  Assists in the gathering of data and preparation of reports required by regulatory agencies and/or necessary for program evaluation.
  • Community Liaison: Represents the agency in a positive light to active and potential clients, referral and funding sources, and the general public. Utilizes community contacts to advocate for clients and to promote child and family well-being. The MHC will work proactively to improve and facilitate understanding and collaboration between the ECE field and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health field. Demonstrates the ability to communicate and collaborate with children, families, professionals and communities to establish supportive relationships.

 

  • Legal and Ethical Responsibilities: Complies with all pertinent state and federal laws, DHS and DCFS Rules and Procedures, COA standards, and Code of Ethics for Child Welfare Professionals.
  • Professional Development: Enhances professional competence through ongoing awareness of developments in the field of early childhood mental health and development.  Will participate in all mandatory trainings.
  • Quality Improvement: Contributes to quality improvement through active participation in Quality Improvement/ Utilization Review activities.

The Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services (CCBYS) Case Manager is a full-time position to provide direct services at home and in the community to individuals and families. Services are guided by Youth Services Network, Inc. and State policies as directed by the CCBYS Supervisor.
Job Summary:
We seek a Bachelor’s level applicant to provide crisis intervention and case management services to identified youth. Crisis intervention requires immediate 24/7 services to youth in crisis at specified locations within our service area, such as local police departments, hospitals, court services, shelters, etc. The CCBYS Case Manager will be required to be on-call for crisis intervention one (1) weekend per month. Case management services may include school advocacy, family support, linkage to community resources, treatment planning, and more. The candidate is expected to be trauma-informed and prepared to provide services to families and youth in crisis.
Requirements:
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a human service-related field.
• Minimum of one (1) year experience working with children/adolescents.
• Valid driver’s license, proof of automobile liability insurance, and access to an automobile to respond to crisis interventions and transport clients.
Skills:
• Proficient in both verbal and written communication.
• Demonstrate problem-solving techniques.
• Ability to exercise discretion and ensure confidentiality.
• Capable of handling high-stress situations.
• Works well in a team environment.
Duties/Responsibilities:
1. Provide ongoing case management services, including family support, school advocacy, linkage to community agencies, treatment planning, and more.
2. Document all contacts with or on behalf of clients and maintain updated case files.
3. Complete required assessments and reports as needed.
4. On scheduled on-call days, provide 24/7 crisis intervention, family reunification, and stabilization services to clients and their families.
5. Transport youth to alternative living arrangements when necessary.
6. Become knowledgeable about the Juvenile Court Act and other State mandates that deal with crisis intervention and case management.
7. Attend all scheduled staff meetings.
8. Maintain confidentiality of all client information.
9. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Homeless Youth Staff

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
The Homeless Youth Staff ensure the overall safety of shelter residents, document daily activities and assist the residents in learning life skills.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:
The Homeless Youth Staff reports to the Homeless Youth Supervisor.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Constant positive interaction with parents and children.
● Assist residents in gaining valuable life skills through being a positive role model.
● Daily supervision of residents and maintenance of shelter.
● Attend mandatory shelter staff and all agency meetings, in-services and trainings.
● Communicating with other shifts by entries in staff logbook.
● Cook meals and/or assist residents in cooking meals according to shift.
● Complete nutrition assessments on residents and document special dietary needs in client files. Make special dietary needs available to clients and/or children.
● Facilitate parenting life skills with residents.
● Maintain food storage.
● Dispense medications per medication protocol.
● Ensure cleanliness of the shelter per shelter protocol.
● Check residents’ rooms for cleanliness and monitor completion of chores.
● Transport residents to appointments as requested.
● Assist with donations and laundry pick-up/drop off.
● Complete paperwork including daily resident case notes, intakes, exits, and donations.
● Assist with childcare as needed.
● Answer telephone, take messages, and monitor door, assuring confidentiality.
● Assist Phase II residents (on 3rd floor) as needed.
● Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
● High School Diploma or GED Equivalency is required. Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree, social services field is preferred.
● Work experience or related experience with youth.
● Valid driver’s license—required if transporting personal or agency vehicle.
● Pass a DCFS background check.
● Pass a physical and TB test.
● CPR/First Aide Certified.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
● The physical ability to travel to assigned locations, stand, stoop, bend, reach, pull, push, lift, grasp, climb, talk, see, hear and perform basic and light home maintenance activities, and operate office equipment.
● The physical ability to move and lift light objects up to 30 pounds such as mail, supplies, files, and equipment.
● The ability to operate office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements.
● The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.

Job Description for MELD Case Manager

This is a full-time position to provide home and community-based services to individuals and families. Must have knowledge of and experience with youth development, resiliency, and childhood trauma.

Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a human services related field.

Experience: Minimum of one (1) year experience working with children/ adolescents.

Skills: Demonstrate ability in both verbal and written communication.

Valid driver’s license, proof of automobile liability insurance, and access to an automobile to make home visits and to transport clients.

Duties/Responsibilities:

1. Provide crisis intervention and stabilization services to residents in the MELD shelter and transitional living programs.

2. Participate in resident assessment and intakes, service planning and document activities.

3. Provide assessment and referrals to services.

4. Participate in monthly and quarterly resident staffings.

5. Complete and submit all necessary reports to the Homeless Youth Supervisor.

6. Participate in professional education opportunities and community meetings as necessary.

7. Provide in-home mentoring, role modeling, and out-of-home activities (i.e. job searching, tutoring, monitoring of school attendance, transportation to services, etc.).

8. Participate in shelter coverage as necessary.

9. Evenings and weekends are required and some on-call.

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week). The Therapist will be responsible for counseling youth and families and providing group services in RPS.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (MS in Ed) in Social Work or Counseling preferred

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 2-3 years of experience working with youth who have been sexually abused/severely physically abused and/or victims of domestic abuse.

AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE: Trauma and Trauma-Informed practices, human services system dynamics, state regulations and guidelines, school policies and procedures, community resources.

SKILLS: Communication, good organizational and writing skills. Empathy for families and acceptance of diversity.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide on-site trauma therapy to children and families.

Provide assessment and develop treatment plans.

Provide linkage of clients to community services as needed.

Provide group and educational services on issues of trauma. and its impact on school performance. Provide training on other relevant topics.

Maintain Medicaid accepted files and provide necessary reports to school administration, DCFS, court, etc.