Responsibilities include provision of direct services to clients in the CST program, along with other team members, through mental health rehabilitative services. Requires that the person be certified or eligible for certification to become a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (a mental health consumer who has been trained and is certified to help other consumers identify and achieve specific life goals)
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provides direct service to CST clients through mental health rehabilitation services and supports, including illness self-management, skill building, identification and use of adaptive and compensatory skills, identification and use of natural supports and use of community resources. 60% of services must be provided in the member’s natural setting.
Under the direct supervision of a QMHP or LPHA, gathers member information to assess the need for services, makes recommendations for treatment, identifies and investigates existing natural resources and supports, explains options available to CST clients and assists in the application process.
Works with CST team members to document all service delivery according to Rule 132 and agency policy.
Participates in evaluation of referrals and facilitates placement into CST program with other team members, including ensuring potential clients meet eligibility requirements and all required screenings/assessments are completed; provides input into termination of services and assists with the development of an appropriate discharge plan.
Through supportive counseling, psycho-education and case management, assist people in the program to achieve their treatment goals, maximize independence and access needed community resources.
Coordinate with other community agencies and organizations such as DCFS, schools, hospitals, other providers in the community.
Provide services, in conjunction with other team members, to facilitate an effective transition in living arrangement, consistent with the client’s welfare and development (e.g., a client being discharged from inpatient psychiatric care, loss of housing, etc.)
Provide intensive outreach in an attempt to engage clients in services and those who do not follow through with post discharge/deflection appointments.
Responds to emergencies 24 hours per day/7 days per week per established coverage plan.
Participates in specific program meetings, including the mandatory weekly staff meeting and required service line and agency trainings, meetings and consultations.
As a CRSS, an individual accepts and agrees that his or her experience as a mental health consumer will be known by their colleagues, consumers and others with whom s/he may share that s/he has achieved this certification (Illinois Mental Health Collaborative)
Other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
CRSS - Certified Recovery Support Specialist Certification obtained through the Illinois Certification Board, Inc. / IAODAPCA
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Minimum of High School Diploma and CRSS - Certified Recovery Support Specialist Certification obtained through the Illinois Certification Board, Inc. / IAODAPCA OR CRSS eligible.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Work environment may include client homes and a general office environment. Local travel, including transporting clients, is required.
Must maintain a safe driving record and have current valid Illinois Driver’s License. Personal vehicle needed. CSS staff will transport clients and their belongings in his/her personal vehicle. Mileage for authorized work-related purposes is reimbursable.
About Pillars Community Health
Pillars Community Health is an innovative health and social services agency, one of only a few nonprofits in the state of Illinois to integrate primary medical and dental care with behavioral health, social, and educational services. The organization is the result of a merger between Pillars and Community Nurse Health Center on January 1, 2018. To learn more about our merged agency, visit www.PillarsCommunityHealth.org
Pillars Community Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, disability or any other legally protected status.