Family & Children Services
  • Kalamazoo, MI, USA
  • Full Time

Summary:
Provide comprehensive, community-based service providing immediate crisis intervention response throughout Kalamazoo County for youth (up to age 18) and their families who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Services are offered following a strength-based, needs driven approach and are responsive, respectful and adaptive to the needs of youth and families in our community.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsibilities associated with this job will change from time to time in accordance with the agency's program and business needs. More specifically, the incumbent may be required to perform additional and/or different responsibilities from those described below.

  • Immediate crisis intervention in multiple settings including home, schools, community organizations, hospitals.
  • Clinical assessment of youth (including mental status exam, lethality/risk assessment, and diagnostic impressions) and Intake assessments for Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for SED youth services.
  • Identification of youth/family strengths and coping skills.
  • Family support and guidance in difficult situations.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current community resources and refer clients to community resources; assist in developing safety-crisis plans.
  • Follow up services until consumers/families are linked with ongoing services.
  • Works cooperatively with current service providers involved with families, and initiates collaborative efforts with community agencies to provide ongoing services for families.
  • Conducting pre-admission screening for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, partial hospitalization, crisis residential, crisis respite, and emergency residential services for youth.
  • Utilizes a variety of clinical interventions including best practice and evidence-based models.
  • Empower youth and families to work through crisis situations in a safe and supportive manner.
  • Provide accurate monitoring and documentation of all case related activities to fulfill program obligations and requirements.
  • Pursue broadened professional development to enhance level of competency and meet training requirements of funder.
  • Receive supervision that includes both regular and consistent meetings.
  • Adhere to Agency and program philosophies, policies and procedures to assure consistent and ethical professional standards and required service outcomes.

This position will be knowledgeable about and actively support 1) culturally competent, recovery-based practices; 2) person-centered planning as a shared decision making process with the individual, who defines his/her own life goals and is assisted in developing a unique path toward those goals; and 3) a trauma informed culture to aid individuals in their recovery process.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
None

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Minimum MSW/MA in a mental health-related field from an accredited school. Individual with specialized training and one year of experience in the examination, evaluation and treatment of minors and their families.
Lived experience with behavioral health issues is desired.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups, customers or employees of the organization. Ability to understand and motivate people and an awareness of importance of cultural differences within service populations. Operate as a team player with excellent organizational and communication skills.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Ability to solve problems within a broadened area of knowledge involving somewhat differing situations and specialized standards.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Licensure as LLMSW, LMSW, LLBSW, LBSW, LLP or LPC in the State of MI. Full licensure preferred.
Valid Michigan driver's license and driving record which complies with agency policy.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions.

Ability to implement physical assistance/intervention as warranted. Trained or ability to be trained in Mandt.
Ability to regularly provide out-of- office services in unstructured, unpredictable situations. Trained or ability to be trained in First Aid and CPR.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Family & Children Services
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