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Supportive Employment Specialist

Lakes Region Mental Health Center

Lakes Region Mental Health Center (LRMHC) is the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. We provide services to 24 surrounding towns, and nearly 4,000 patients each year. A non-profit, private corporation founded in 1966, Lakes Region Mental Health Center is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to our mission.  We provide integrated mental and physical health care to children, adults, elders and their families who are living with – and recovering from- mental illness and/or emotional distress. Our dedicated professionals provide the highest quality of healthcare and collaborate with many other organizations in the region to improve access to care and meet the mental health needs of the community. By working in partnership with other health care providers, hospitals, law enforcement, corrections, courts, school districts, social workers and public health officials, we are able to provide a continuum of care for our patients and improve the quality of life in the Lakes Region.


To provide direct individual services for patients in the Supported Employment Program with a rehabilitative focus.   Interfaces with the community and within the agency to ensure optimum quality and comprehensiveness of services.

Requirements:

The individual must possess the knowledge, skills and ability noted below, or is able to explain and demonstrate how they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some combination of skills and abilities.  Must also possess the necessary physical capacities, with or without the aid of mechanical devices or other forms of accommodation, to safely perform the primary functions of the job.

•Working knowledge of diagnosis, treatment planning, medications, case management, counseling and crisis intervention techniques, evidence based supported employment concepts and familiarity with psychosocial and multicultural influences.
•Able to successfully complete the Evidence Based Practice, SAMSHA designed, Supported Employment training.
•Able to establish a therapeutic rapport with patients while adhering to established professional and agency ethics and code of conduct standards. 
•Treat patients with dignity and respect and takes a patient centered approach to services, as noted through supervision, team participation, and feedback from staff and patients.
•Ability to do vocational assessments, job task analysis, and values clarification/appropriate job matching and counseling techniques.
•Ability to organize workload so that duties are completed in a timely and thorough manner without prompting from the supervisor.
•Ability to follow through on responsibilities to the satisfaction of supervisor or other contact persons.
•Make effort to learn and understand the programs operation and philosophy and apply this knowledge constructively both within and outside of the team setting.
•Maintain a working knowledge of the benefits systems and utilizes this information to the best advantage for the patients.
•Ability to utilize computers and word processing equipment.
•Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken word and to receive detailed information through oral communication.  Primary functions include activities in which verbal communication with patients and with others is key to job effectiveness.
•Visual acuity must meet a minimum standard to work with preparing, reading, and analyzing data and reports, work with a computer terminal, etc.
•Ability to tolerate periods of heavy workload or excessive stress.
•Ability to sustain light physical effort such as frequent standing, walking, bending, stooping, or reaching and/or occasional lifting of items 20 lbs. or more.

 

Qualifications:

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in a Human Services area with emphasis in mental health and/or vocational rehabilitation.

Experience:

1 to 2 years’ experience; other combinations of education and experience may be substituted. Also must meet qualifications to provide independent living services as well as maintain personal auto insurance.

Licenses/Certifications:   Valid driver’s license.

 

Work Schedule:

Generally works Monday through Friday with occasional requirements to after hours.  Attendance is a job requirement.

Responsibilities:

Under the general direction of the Clinical Coordinator and within the agencies program policies and procedures, the Supported Employment Specialist (SES) performs the following functions:

 

Essential Functions:
1.Provides vocational counseling and rehabilitative services to patients within the Community Support Program (CSP).
2.Provides on-site support for patients on supported employment and offers direct vocational counseling and intervention for patients around vocational planning, job seeking and retention, etc., as it relates to their individual treatment plan.   May be required to transport patients in their personal vehicle.
3.Completes required documentation in a timely and thorough manner according to established standards.  Maintains standards of client access hours as established for the position.
4.Investigates and follows up on employment and training opportunities for patients and maintains records of vocational resources and shares these with patients/team as appropriate.
5.Assists patients to maintain community living by teaching activities of daily living and personal care; promotes independent and productive habits to patients in the community. Also, develops other programs and activities that promote the introduction and integration of the client into the community.
6.Participates actively in staffing and seeks out supervision on a regular and as needed basis; makes contributions to staff meetings and applies what they have learned effectively.  Establishes staff development plan with supervisor and makes concerted effort to seek training in relevant areas.
7.Informs supervisor and others as necessary of schedule, activities planned, and outcomes to maintain continuity, and prioritizes these in supervision to prevent burnout or misallocation of time.
8.Provides community education informally as appropriate and conducts formal education presentations as required.  Represents the client/program/agency positively in interfaces within and outside of the agency.   Assists program coordinator in general program planning and vocational development for patients.
9.May perform other related job duties as assigned by the Coordinator.

How to Apply:

Visit www.lrmhc.org/careers to apply

Job Location:

Laconia

Date Added: March 29, 2021

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