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Case Manager

Department: 090 -CAT - Citrus/Hernando
Location: Hernando/Citrus, FL

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Conduct a thorough assessment of the youth and family’s home stability every month and more often when there are significant changes in the youth and family’s home environment. Based on this assessment, develop and review the service plan at a minimum of every three (3) months and more often when there are significant changes in the youth or family’s situation. Schedule at least weekly face-to-face contact with each youth and family served, preferably in their natural living environment. Involve significant others in the youth and family’s treatment to augment or create additional supports for the family. Convenes/attends staffing as necessary for assessing and coordinating services for youth and family. Coordinates the discharge of youth from the Center’s Psychiatric Hospital or other inpatient or residential settings. Assist the youth and family when possible to improve the family’s home environment.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES: Functions as an advocate and support person to those individuals assigned to the CAT Team and links them to appropriate services and monitors the progress or lack of progress by the individual and his or her family. Advocates in the family’s best interest. Assesses needs and develops a plan to meet those needs. Monitors and evaluates service provision and individuals’ progress; Transitions services for youth nearing 18 years of age to an adult system of care; Assists the youth and family to develop connections to natural supports within their own network of associates, including friends and neighbors, community organizations, including service and religious organizations and through participation in clubs, organizations, and other civic activities; Arranges for procurement of incidental expenses of any additional temporary supports that may be necessary to move the family towards greater independence, stability and achieve resiliency goals as documented in their Plan of Care; Assists in coordination of any adjunctive services that are out of the scope of practice and therefore not provided by the CAT Team Staff; and Assists with transporting youth or family to medical appointments, court hearings, or other related activities outlined in the Plan of Care.

It is essential for a person in this position to communicate and liaison with the individual, family and service providers. Must complete required Center, DCF, legal, statistical and fiscal documentation in an accurate and timely manner. Must be able to document accurately and remain current with all documentation. Must be able to attend team meetings as scheduled on a regular basis. Is able and willing, to work flexible hours. Must be able to assist with short term supervision of a youth away from the family to offer temporary relief as a planned event or to improve family stability in a time of crisis for a maximum of four hours per day; Must be able to assist with the provision of tutoring and remedial academic instruction to enhance educational performance.

KNOWLEDGE AND JOB SKILLS: Must be knowledgeable about the CAT Model. Must have a clear understanding of the characteristics and problems of youth with a mental health diagnosis(es) or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse diagnosis with behavioral issues placing them at risk for an out of home placement or involvement with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to manage computer related tasks effectively. Displays excellent telephone and customer service skills. Must be able to function effectively within a team; however must also be able to function autonomously. Must possess excellent problem-solving, advocacy, resource development, time management, and organizational skills. Knowledge of medications and ability to monitor clients’ self-administration of medications is important. Crisis intervention skills are vital. Must have knowledge of life saving techniques including CPR certification and first aid.  

CORE COMPETENCIES:

1)     Age Specific: Assessment, Interpretation, Interventions, Knowledge, Developmental Stages, Enhancement of Family Involvement

2)     Basic Job Readiness: Courtesy, Flexibility, Reliability, Responsiveness

3)     Personal Effectiveness: Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, Thinking Skills

4)     Organizational/Management: Compliance, CQI Commitment, Leadership, Linking/Networking, Management of Information, Organizational Participation, Safety

5)     Performance Specific: Assessment, Crisis Management, Customer Focus, Empowerment/Advocacy, Medication Issues, Psychosocial Interventions, Treatment/Service Planning

JUDGMENT: Must have sound clinical judgment as demonstrated by the ability to make on the spot decisions based on the youth or family’s current status, past functioning level and potential strengths and weaknesses and is essential to job performance. The ability to determine appropriate resources to meet the need of the individual is vital. Must be able to make clinical decisions about the youth and family’s stability and knows when to seek consultation or to obtain immediate assistance from emergency services, law enforcement or child welfare agencies.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience: A bachelor’s degree with a major in counseling, social work, psychology, criminal justice, nursing, rehabilitation, special education, health education, or a related field which includes the study of human behavior and development; and a minimum of one year of experience working with children or adolescents with serious emotional disturbances

or

A bachelor’s degree with a major in another field and a minimum of three year of experience working with children with serious emotional disturbances 

Personal Qualities: Patience and high tolerance for frustration is essential. Initiative, dependability and accuracy are important. The ability to analyze situations and mange them in a proactive manner is important. Must be able to work within a team and be flexible in job roles.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Special Factors: It is important for a person in this position to enjoy working with difficult children and act as a role model whenever possible. Must be able to meet deadlines. Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

Staff Development: Completes all administrative and competency requirements as set forth in the Individual Training Plan.

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