The Safer Foundation is a social service provider to individuals with arrest and conviction records. Through a full range of services, including case management, educational instruction and advocacy, we focus on preparing individuals for the world of work by helping them find and keep productive and meaningful employment.
General Summary: Reporting to, and working in conjunction with, the Senior Director, Health Policy and Practice Management (SD-HPPM). The Clinical Operations Manager will be a critical component to the successful integration of substance use and mental health outpatient treatment services within Safer's traditional employment services and community sites, starting with the location of 808 S. Kedzie. Services at the outset are Rule 2060 substance use outpatient and intensive outpatient services, but will expand to include other Medicaid-covered or grant-funded services to better meet the needs of our clients. The Clinical Operations Manager is primarily responsible for 1) building Safer's behavioral heath outpatient and intensive outpatient programs/services, 2) supervising and monitoring all intake assessment, treatment, and case management services provided to Safer clients within Safer Community sites, and 3) assuring (in conjunction with the Quality Manager), that all services are provided in compliance with regulatory, contractual and revenue cycle requirements, as well as internal quality benchmarks. The Clinical Operations Manager will assist clinical staff in reaching their full potential at each stage of their professional development.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Understand the client flow from referral to discharge, as well as interface with other units/programs in the form of workflows, standard procedures, guides, etc. Train staff to these processes. Make recommendations to the SD-HPPM regarding adjustments/improvements. Implement changes to process flow as needed related to internal or external factors.
Ensure staff are operating according to expectations at all relevant sites.
Provide team supervision to counselors/therapists and interns to review cases and provide feedback on intervention and case conceptualization on a weekly basis.
Translate program needs into efficient staffing patterns, making adjustments to staff assignments, creating and updating schedules; support staff when changes are made.
Develop the outpatient and intensive outpatient programs, making adjustments to the curriculum, hours, approach to ensure quality, retention, and customization to fit the needs of individuals with justice involvement who are also working to obtain full-time employment via other Safer programs.
Ensure treatment services are delivered in an integrated and coordinated manner with other Safer program services. In order to achieve this, the Clinical Operations Manager works closely with other programmatic and quality staff to reduce redundancy and improve process flow between programs.
Routinely audit charts, in conjunction with Quality staff, on a consistent basis identifying errors or deficiencies. Ensure errors are promptly identified, communicated to staff, and corrected in a prompt fashion. All charts are in compliance with all audit standards and internal quality expectations. (These standards are to be met at all times, not just prior to an audit.)
Assists with the recruitment, hiring and training of qualified clinical staff.
Recruit, on-board, and supervise clinical interns in order to extend the services of the center. Clinical interns should be interviewed, approved, and processed according to applicable administrative rules of the university, state regulations, as well as internal policies.
Understand basic clinical processes within our electronic health record systems; be able to troubleshoot standard issues with staff or escalate to the SD-HPPM, Quality Manager, or Qualifacts Support.
Assist the SD-HPPM with designing and implementing new grants and contracts or changes based on internal decision making.
Serve as subject matter expert to other programs on clinical matters affecting other areas of the agency.
Represent the SD-HPPM in his or her absence and the Safer Treatment Center internally and externally.
May also be involved in crisis intervention and work as a liaison within the community.
Ensure ethical and professional conduct by clinical staff.
May be required to participate in after-hours, on-call program.
Provide occasional direct service during staff shortages or absences.
Routinely check supply inventory and make orders as necessary.
Any other duties needed to help drive our vision, fulfill our mission, and abide by our organization's values.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
Passion for social justice and start-ups
Strong clinical/clinical supervision skills in both substance use (Rule 2060) and mental health (Rule 132/140).
Understanding of life experiences of clients with criminal records’ past or current justice-system involvement.
Strong programmatic and operational experience; ability to conceive intricate operational processes and take from concept to reality
Experience working with multi-disciplinary teams and running treatment programs/units within larger complex government or social service agencies
Knowledge of job training, vocational, employment programming, and supported employment a plus.
Can analyze complex issues, propose solutions and implement decisions in conjunction with the SD-HPPM.
Able to adapt quickly to accommodate emerging internal and external changes; able to operate in a fluid environment
In-depth knowledge of ASAM Patient Placement Criteria and appropriate drug testing guidelines
In-depth practical knowledge of HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2
Knowledge of Medicaid-reimbursement requirements as they relate to service delivery
Knowledge of Medicaid managed care organizations and processes
Familiarity with the use of Electronic Health Record software to document notes/services; experience with Qualifacts, CareLogic system is a plus
Ability to use the internet and technology to access information, resources and trouble-shoot
Experience using Google Chrome and Internet Explorer to access multiple web platforms or search engines
Experience with Zoom meetings, WebEx, Go-To-Meetings, and other video-conference web applications
Experience with Visio or other flow-charting software/methods preferred
Education and Experience:
LPC, LCPC, LSW, LCSW, Psy.D or other qualifications meeting the clinical supervision requirements for Rule 2060 and Rule 132
CADC certification in addition to above criteria is a plus
Experience documenting services in electronic record systems required
Previous experience as a clinical supervisor/manager preferred
Previous experience working for a Medicaid-certified DASA/SUPR provider and/or CMHC provider required
About Safer Foundation
Safer Foundation is a national leader in prisoner re-entry and employment programs. A nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Safer was founded more than 45 years to help people leaving prison find jobs so they could successfully transition back into their communities. But people with criminal records faced a stigma that made securing employment difficult.The situation is even more dire today, especially in the United States. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. leads the world with its incarceration rate. And an overwhelming majority of individuals returning from prison face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job. This means the services Safer Foundation provides are even more important. In fact, we know, and an abundance of research has shown, that the most difficult barrier—and the single-most crucial factor—to successful reintegration is a job. When our clients find jobs, they become valuable contributors to their families and their communities, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.Re-entry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support, and Safer Foundation is proud to be a leader in the discussion and advocacy efforts occurring on the local, state and national levels.