Assist Clients in obtaining and maintaining employment that is consistent with their goals and recovery. Coordinate the timely, productive exchange of clinical and employment information between and within the teams, members’ families and other clients of the Rehabilitation Employment team.
Assist clients in developing employment skills, gaining confidence, and overcoming barriers that may interfere with work and other functioning. Actively engage members in skill-building activities that promote growth and empowerment. Help members identify employment goals, make informed decisions, and access necessary or desired resources. Operate as a member of a multidisciplinary team; share and document observations, identify problems and unmet or changing needs, and implement strategies outlined in the member’s service plan.
Learn and implement specific strategies and practices outlined in the IPS model’s framework including: adherence to the zero exclusion principle, structured job development, rapid job searches, consumer preference and integration with mental health treatment team or other support systems.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Understand the importance of employment as a path to wellness and communicate it to members and colleagues. Be aware of the current nature, cause, and treatment of mental illness, and other disabilities, including personality patterns and behaviors.
Provide timely and accurate assessments and effective assistance with goal setting and goal achievement with up to 30 Clients. Search for methods to develop member strengths; and to make use of naturally-occurring community resources. Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Assess members’ vocational functioning on an ongoing basis using background information and work experience;
Assist members in job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are consistent with their needs and interests, using the principles and procedures of supported employment.
Provide education and support to employers, as agreed by the member, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow along contact with the employer;
Provide engagement services as necessary to consumers when they appear to disengage from the service. Maintain some contact with the member even without a vocational focus if necessary to sustain engagement.
Meet regularly with treatment team members to coordinate and integrate vocational services into mental health treatment;
Help members create individual vocational service plans in concert with their case manager, and other treatment team providers;
Spend at least 70% of direct service time in the community to engage and support members, family, and employers.
Know and perform timely, accurate, and efficient documentation in accordance with Rule 132 and other regulatory requirements. This includes, but is not limited ensuring that all charts comply with CARF and DRS regulations, including Treatment Plan input within 45 days of intake
Maintain billing record at a minimum of 4 hours of individual services every work day.
Achieve a minimum of 15 new job placements (job starts) for Clients on your caseload per year.
Know the events, issues and problems relevant to people with mental illness, (local, state, national policies, law suits, etc.) Maintain communication with employers and use this network as a referral source.
Use effective and professional skills to build rapport and communication. Maintain regular contact with your supervisor and keep them informed of issues related to members, service and the service team. Meet with your supervisor weekly.
Be aware of your role model function as professional staff in the building and its effect on members and colleagues by participating in social and work functions of the agency.
Know and follow Asian Human Services policies and procedures to assure safe, therapeutic rehabilitation practice and adherence with all state and national certification, licensing and accreditation standards; including compliance with CARF and the State of Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Code and Confidentiality Act. Know and follow the Asian Human Services ethics and conduct codes.
Bachelor in a social science or related field or equivalent experience.
Must meet Department of Mental Health and/or Medicaid criteria for a Mental Health Professional.
Required to have current certification in Basic First Aid and CPR, or gain certification within 90 days of employment.
Bilingual language skills.
Experience working with low-income adults.
Experience in job development.
Ability to work 10am-6pm Monday through Friday in an office environment.
Excellent writing, typing, computer and phone skills.
Knowledge of MS Office.
Ability to work in a team environment.
Organized and efficient in record keeping and updating.
Conflict resolution skills.
Customer service skills.
Please Submit a cover letter explaining your experience relevant to this postion.
Address the cover letter to Eric Lindstrom, Director of Adult Employment Services.
About Asian Human Services
Established in 1978, Asian Human Services is the largest multi-cultural and multi-lingual health and social services organization in the Metropolitan Chicago areas. Its mission is to provide client -centered, quality, and compassionate services to Asian immigrants and other underserved communities so that they can fully participated in society, prosper and thrive. Specialized in healthcare, education, and employment, its professional staff is fluent in more than 28 languages and serves more than 28,000 clients throughout Illinois each year.