Position title
PACT Employment Specialist
Description

The Employment Specialist Program functions as part of the PACT multidisciplinary team and is responsible for provision of individual and group supportive rehabilitation services to assist clients with severe and persistent mental illness diagnoses in identifying employment and education goals, developing employment readiness skills, and seeking competitive employment. The employment specialist additionally provides community support and rehabilitative services including but not limited to assistance with: creating and implementing a daily schedule, maintaining appropriate personal hygiene, meeting nutritional needs, finding and maintaining safe/affordable housing, budgeting, accessing reliable transportation, maintaining medication regimen, and accessing community services. The employment specialist participates as a member of the daily organization staffing for clinical consultation purposes, provides on-call crisis intervention services (covering nighttime and weekend hours) on a rotating schedule, maintains timely and accurate clinical records, and meets or exceeds direct service productivity standards as established and reviewed by the PACT Coordinator. Performs other duties as assigned by the PACT Coordinator in accordance with DMH, DOM and LIFECORE Health Group. 

Responsibilities
  1. ABILITY TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE AND COMMUNICATION OF DIAGNOSIS      
  • Allows choices when possible  
  • Speaks directly using few, clear, simple terms and explanations in a non-threatening manner  
  • Demonstrated knowledge and provision of treatment of SMI/SED                                
  • Demonstrated knowledge of usage of medication in treatment of SMI/SED 
  • Displays appropriate knowledge and utilization of crisis stabilization 

 

  1. ABILITY TO COLLECT INFORMATION FROM CONSUMER AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO DETERMINE NATURE AND EXTENT OF CONSUMER NEEDS
  • Completes thorough strength-based assessments 
  • Asks appropriate questions as required to elicit information 
  • Makes appropriate referrals  
  • Presents information at clinical team staffing in concise, thorough, and accurate manner 

 

  1. ABILITY TO ASSIST IN DEVELOPMENT OF INDIVIDUAL PLAN OF SERVICE FOR EACH CONSUMER
  • Ability to assist the consumer in establishing realistic therapeutic goals appropriate to problem presented 
  • Ability to assist the consumer in establishing specific strategies to reach goals that are directly related to the consumer’s strengths 

                                                                                             

  1. ABILITY TO PROVIDE SERVICES APPROPRIATE TO CONSUMER NEEDS
  • Demonstrates ability to interact with consumers and family in a manner which develops mutual trust and respect and is strength-based, family driven and consumer guided 
  • Demonstrates ability to provide consumers with a safe, therapeutic environment in which to explore feelings, thoughts and behaviors 
  • Demonstrates ability to respond appropriately to changing consumer needs including staffing of cases and referrals when necessary 
  • Meets DMH, DOM, and LIFECORE policy requirements for other documentation and chart management 
  • Communicates appropriately with outside agencies regarding referrals, client participation and client progress in program                                                                        

 

  1. 5. ABILITY TO MAINTAIN ETHICAL BEHAVIOR IN RELATIONSHIP TO CONSUMER  
  • Ability to identify ethical issues as they arise in therapy and present these issues to supervisor and/or clinical staffing for guidance 
  • Ability to follow supervisor’s direction regarding ethical issues 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and privacy of consumers 

 

  1. 6. ABILITY TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL AND COURTEOUS SERVICE; WORK EFFICIENTLY AND AS A TEAM MEMBER; AND FOLLOW COMPANY GUIDELINES RELATED TO POLICY AND PROCEDURE  
  • Ability to demonstrate courtesy and compassion in all aspects of their job responsibility 
  • Ability to give personal touch by smiling, using friendly phrases, and treating every consumer, co-worker, and supervisor as an individual taking into consideration cultural background 
  • Ability to respond to provide responses by locating answers to all questions posed 
  • Ability to listen, without defensiveness, to consumer, family, outside agency, co-worker, and supervisor concerns by acknowledging the concern and promptly responding in a pro-active manner 
  • Ability to work pro-actively and positively in communicating needs and concerns of position and agency  
  • Ability to participate in other tasks to meet the needs of the organization 
  • Ability to report to work as scheduled (promptness) 
  • Ability to submit documentation within timeline required by LIFECORE policies and procedures 
  • Ability to attend, participate and contribute in education/ training activities and staff meetings 
  • Ability to fulfill treatment responsibilities by acting as a team member and promoting growth of other team members 
  • Ability to engage in activities to promote safety of consumers, consumer families, other staff, and members of the community (adheres to all safety guidelines)  
  • Ability to maintain a professional image by appearing well-groomed, maintaining personal hygiene, abiding by dress code, wearing ID badge 
  • Ability to maintain an orderly and neat work environment 
Qualifications

Education/Skills:         

Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or business required. Valid MS driver’s license, insurance and clean driving record required. 

Work Experience:         

Knowledge of behavioral healthcare 

Cognitive:

Must have ability to manage time effectively. Must have the ability to think independently to determine direction of workflow. Must have the ability to perform repetitive tasks, cooperate with others, follow directions and demonstrate leadership initiative in providing services. Independent work ability. 

Physical:

Mobility and ability to bend and reach during a workday; ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds; visual and auditory acuity sufficient to evaluate client needs and maintain accurate records; fine motor skills for legible and accurate writing of reports, scheduling, daily correspondence and presentation, either manually or orally.  Position requires ability to sit for duration of several hours at a time and ability and mobility to access clients through home and community visits. 

Job Benefits
  • PTO for personal needs and sick leave
  • Military leave
  • Health Savings Account
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • PERS Retirement
  • Ten Paid Holidays
  • Voluntary Supplemental Policies
  • ETC.
Contacts
Kim Sistrunk, MS, LCMHT 
Director/Supervisor - PACT
Person Assertive Community Treatment
LIFECORE  HEALTH GROUP   
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH- PHARMACY PRIMARY CARE 
Employment Type
Full-time
Duration of employment
Permanent
Industry
Health Care
Job Location
Date posted
December 27, 2021
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