Thresholds, a national leader in mental health services, is a recipient of the Chicago Tribune “Top 100 Workplaces" for five consecutive years and a 10-time winner of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For". Through our more than 75 Chicagoland locations and 30 innovative programs, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for over 15,000 adults and youth.
The IPS/Employment Specialist works with all members on their team who would like to or are thinking about obtaining a job by following the components of the Supported Employment Evidence?Based Practice (SE EBP). Assisting members in obtaining and maintaining employment that is consistent with their vocational and recovery goals is at the core of SE. The specialist will be required to spend at least 60% of direct service time in the community to engage and support consumers, family members, and employers
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Learns about and embrace the core values of Supported Employment Evidence-Based Practice (SE EBP): Eligibility is based on member choice, SE is integrated with mental health treatment, competitive employment is the goal, the search for a job begins rapidly, job finding is individualized, and follow?along supports are continuous.
Discusses and encourage the realization of work as central to the recovery process when talking with members, staff, employers, funders, and advocates.
Assesses members’ vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information, personal preferences, and work experiences.
Assists members in job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are consistent with the needs and interests of members on his/her caseload and/or team, following the principles and procedures of SE EBP.
Provides individualized, time-unlimited follow along services to assist consumers in sustaining employment.
Provides education and support to the employer, as agreed upon by the member, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow along contact with the employer.
Provides outreach services as necessary to consumers when they appear to disengage from the service. Maintains some contact with consumers even without a vocational focus if necessary to sustain engagement.
Meets regularly with treatment team members to coordinate and integrate employment services into Thresholds’ service plan. This requires direct supervision of a QMHP or LPHA in cooperation with the member, their families, the psychiatrist, collaborating agencies and others as necessary.
Draws up the individual employment service plan with the consumer, case manager, and other treatment team providers and updates it quarterly. Completes all assigned paperwork accurately, thoroughly and in a timely fashion, this may include DRS, DMH, and Thresholds research.
Meets required billing targets and completes all documentation within assigned time frames.
Facilitate evidence based research projects as directed by supervisor.
Other duties as assigned.
MARGINAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
May be required to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.
Bachelor’s degree in mental health, social services, or business (e.g., marketing, human resources, communications, public relations) with the aptitude to engage both consumers and employers in obtaining and maintaining rewarding employment.
Experience may be substituted at the supervisor’s discretion.
Knowledge and experience in job development, job marketing and job securing.
Working knowledge of a brand range of occupations and jobs.
Knowledge of long-term mental illness, including treatment and medication, and the impact of illness on vocational functioning preferred.
Computer efficiency, including the ability to use email, navigate and enter notes into electronic medical records is required.
Daily access to a personal vehicle is required. Must obtain and maintain $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 liability insurance coverage. Subject to validation every 6 months.
May be required to provide transportation for members of the program using a Thresholds provided vehicle or personal vehicle. Must be 23 years of age and must meet all insurance carrier’s requirements. Subject to the annual Department of Motor Vehicles license verification.
Current and valid Driver’s license.
Ability to travel and maneuver between Program locations.
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negotiable amount of force constantly to move objects.
The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.
Internal Number: SUPPO04161
Thresholds, named as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, provides more than 15,000 adults and youth with the skills and encouragement needed to live productive and fulfilling lives.
Consider being part of an organization that fosters collaboration between its staff and those we serve, our members, and where employees are recognized as invaluable assets who truly make a difference.
More than 75% of Thresholds’ services are delivered out in the community and include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care and substance abuse treatment, as well as pioneering research at the Thresholds Research Institute.
Thresholds provides competitive wages and benefits, and excellent opportunities for career development and promotion.
Individuals with lived or shared experiences with mental illness are encouraged to apply.
Proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran