ACT Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist

QUALIFICATIONS:

1.             Personal stability, flexibility, energy and commitment to working with the chronically mentally ill.

2.            Current CPR and First Aid certification; driver's license and safe driving record; reliable transportation.

3.            Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

4.            Bachelor's degree in the Human Service field and/or four years of professional experience working with chronically                         mentally ill clients.

5.            Experience in teaching and/or social work is desired.

6.            Meet credentialing and/or privileging requirements as set out in Policy and Procedures.

 

 

DUTIES:

  • Using the electronic medical records, input data and follow through seeing services to their completion.

  • Maintain total confidentiality and adhere to HIPAA law, CARF accreditation standards and Maryland State Regulations.

  • Take part in agency sponsored training programs by supervisor's request.

  • Assume primary responsibility for a small caseload, initiate member assessments, develop individual rehabilitation plans and document progress towards achieving goals; other related documentation requirements.

  • Carry out assignments to fulfill the ACT mission of providing sanctuary and support to members in the community involving but not limited to:

  • Assessment of functional deficits and crisis interventions

  • Training members in accessing and navigating specific community resources

  • Deliberate and consistent training to teach social and communication skills and functional training to enhance independent living

  • Scheduled community visitation; face to face and telephone contacts

  • Assisting members to find and maintain housing and transportation

  • Safety planning in the home as well as the community

  • Positive role modeling for members and peers.

  • Participate in agency employee meetings and ACT team meetings as requested.

  • Take part in a rotation of on-call for the ACT caseload evenings and weekends as scheduled.

  • Ensure that all programmatic and physical environment issues are in accord with agency policies and administrative regulations as appropriate.

  • Assist in coordination of services provided to our members from other community agencies.

  • Other duties as assigned by the ACT Team Leader.

 

NARRATIVE: Psychiatric rehabilitation is one of the core services of an ACT team. ACT is intended to serve individuals who have deficits that are ideally addressed with psychiatric rehabilitation. The aim of psychiatric rehabilitation is to help individuals increase independence in their ability to manage various areas of their lives, whether it is maintaining their household, developing meaningful relationships, managing finances, or learning how to navigate around their community. This is done through assessment of the impediments to functioning across different domains, which includes careful assessment of how psychiatric symptoms and cognitive impairments impact daily functioning, and developing specific interventions to address these impediments so that the consumer can function at a higher level. Careful and systematic coaching, modeling, and teaching are core interventions within psychiatric rehabilitation.

 

AUTHORITY:  Position reports to ACT Team Leader and receives schedule from same.

 

CLASSIFICATION, SALARY, AND BENEFITS:  Regular, full-time position; exempt from overtime.

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