About the job
The Child and Family Specialist provides intensive in-home and field-based services to the children and families in the Programs of Intensive Field Capable Clinical Services (IFCCS), Wraparound and Full-Service Partnership (FSP). Services include community outreach services and intensive mental health services within their scope of practice.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Supports and promotes the mission of the Agency: Building Brighter Futures for Children and Families.
Provides intensive Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) services such as: individual rehabilitation services, collateral services, and consultation on high need, high risk clients and families from various referring parties.
Provides Intensive Home-Based Services (IHBS) and Intensive Care Coordination (ICC).
Encompasses the values and principles of the Shared Core Practice Model in Engaging, Teaming, Assessment, Planning and Intervention, and Tracking and Adapting into services delivered.
Provides trauma-informed care within scope of practice and focuses on building Protective Factors of Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need, and Social and Emotional Competence of Children.
Provides field-based services to clients and families as assigned and based on the families’ needs and availability that can include client’s home, school, community and Agency offices.
Reinforces and practices skills the client has learned in therapy to assist in decreasing mental health symptoms and behaviors that are putting the client’s placement at risk.
Assists clients to develop the skills necessary in improving, maintaining or restoring their functioning.
Works collaboratively with therapists, school personnel and parents/guardians to ensure treatment progress.
Works on a multi-disciplinary Treatment team that includes: Intensive Services Facilitators, Parent Partners, Psychiatrists, Clinicians and support staff.
Reinforces positive parenting skills to increase the caregiver’s ability to manage the behaviors of their child.
Provides immediate response to a client exhibiting acute psychiatric symptoms which if untreated presents an imminent threat to the client and/or others and consults with supervisor immediately.
Links clients to resources needed to support achievement of their goals.
Performs services which may include: crisis counseling, behavioral management, medication education, stress management, mentoring/role model for the caregiver of the identified child, psychosocial skills training, shadowing for the identified child, teaching and demonstrating life skills, homemaking, budgeting, case management, translation, helping to access respite care, educational support, parenting support and domestic violence services.
Participates in the 4 Step Child and Family Team Meeting Model when applicable.
Follows through with tasks that are assigned via the Client Treatment Plan, Plan of Care or through Child and Family Team meetings.
Provides flexible services in tune with the needs of the individual families, while maintaining open communication among the team.
Assists in monitoring the children and families to ensure child safety.
Identifies risk factors for child abuse or neglect, develops treatment plans to lower the risk to children and reports any cases of suspected child abuse or neglect as required by California child abuse reporting law.
Assists accounting in the collection of complete and accurate information necessary for billing.
Effectively represents the Agency at community meetings; effectively consults with other agencies such as Department of Children and Family Services, Probation, Department of Mental Health, and schools.
Follows all policies, procedures and legal mandates including HIPAA, client confidentiality, releases of information, protected health information (PHI) and client files.
Carries a caseload of between 10 to 12 families.
Performs on-call 24/7 crisis response as needed.
Demonstrates knowledge and sensitivity to cultural differences.
Embraces change, making positive suggestions for changes in procedures and giving Program Managers feedback on team morale.
Attends weekly supervision and team meetings. Prepares for supervision and incorporates supervisor's input into service provision.
Supports and reinforces Agency policies and the smooth functioning and communication with in the Agency.
Works effectively and cooperatively with other Agency staff, collaborating when appropriate.
Works in close harmony with program and Agency leadership, accepting direction and implementing policies and procedures reflective of this direction.
Comprehends and follows both oral and written instructions.
Leads CFT Meetings as needed and if applicable to the program.
As needed, contacts and collaborates with CSW’s, Probation Officers and client Attorney’s, obtaining authorizations for treatment, case coordination and to give case updates.
Displays sensitivity to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomics characteristics.
Performs work in a safe manner at all times and ensures employees are abiding by safety practices; takes action when employees put themselves or others at risk.
Ensures performance and behaviors support the Agency’s performance quality improvement (PQI) goals and objectives.
Reports to work on time and maintains reliable and regular attendance.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Additional Duties for IFCCS
Travel across Los Angeles County to provide field-based services to clients and families as assigned and based on the families’ needs and availability.
Provides services as required by the treatment plans for assigned cases.
Meets productivity standards as set specifically for each Program in Intensive Services.
Completes all charting and reports for assigned cases within required deadlines.
Achieves program goals for clientele.
Communicates effectively with supervisor, DCFS, Probation, Department of Mental Health and community service providers.
Works primarily in the afternoons and evenings and available to provide after hours
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, Social Work, or Psychology plus a minimum of one year of experience working with high risk youth; or a high school diploma or General Education Diploma(GED) plus a minimum of three years' experience working with high risk youth.
Experience providing culturally competent services to diverse populations.
Experience providing direct service to individuals, families and groups.
Experience providing child abuse treatment services.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to relate harmoniously with staff and clients of diverse backgrounds.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work cooperatively as a team member.
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
Valid CA Driver’s License and maintains insurability on the Agency’s auto liability policy (including a minimum of 2 years driving experience) and maintains the California state required auto insurance liability limits.