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JOB TITLE: Rehabilitation Services Assistant I
GRADE: C
DEPARTMENT: Group Homes
FLSA Status: Exempt/ Non-Exempt
SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Milieu Manager
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To help manage behavior, ensure safety, and be responsible for performing day-to-day support services for the client including but not limited to behavior modification program, activities of daily living, appointments, transportation, etc.

Organizing and Coordinating:

  • Attend intake meetings with case manager, DCFS worker, and participant if necessary.
  • Conduct participant orientations to familiarize them with program expectations, conduct clothing inventory, and build rapport.
  • Assist case management in retrieving necessary resources for clients if necessary including but not limited to paper work and resources such as hygiene products, clothing, etc....
  • Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be asked of you as required.

 

Interfacing - Communication:

  • Ability to communicate and work with children with varying ages and skills; and provide necessary guidance, support, and supervision to participants at all times.
  • Ability to observe and manage participant behavior and participation, assess appropriateness of such, and enforce, program standards, safety regulations, and emergency procedures.
  • Encourage participants into full participation in educational, therapeutic and recreational aspects of the program.
  • Set a good example for participants including cleanliness, punctuality, sportsmanship etc...
  • Maintain positive relationships with participant's families.
  • Facilitate interaction between participant, and participant as well as participant and staff.
  • Provide frequent feedback and positive reinforcement to participants.
  • Interact and effectively communicate with colleagues in a professional fashion.
  • Communicate all necessary information to fellow Staff and Supervisors.
  • Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be asked of you as required.
  • Work in conjunction with Counselors to assure that the milieu is safe and therapeutic.
  • Be aware of client treatment plans and encourage and help them accomplish their treatment goals.

 

Linkage:

  • Ensure safe environment of participants when transporting youth to home visits and sibling visits by observing the neighborhood and home environment, and speaking with responsible family members.
  • Ensure that all documentation and other correspondence from all medical appointments, Court visits, home visits, etc. is delivered to appropriate internal contacts.
  • Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be asked of you as required.

 

Monitoring:

  • Maintain supervision of participants at all times.
  • Actively participate in daily routines (including but not limited to daily chores and meal preparation.)
  • Reinforce program safety regulations.
  • Maintain participant /staff ratios at all times
  • Maintain a milieu environment that helps develop self control and respect.
  • Conduct scheduled and random room searches.
  • Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be asked of you as required.

 

Direct Service:

  • Prepare and transport participants to activities and trips.
  • Develop participant activities with participants and other staff as appropriate
  • Implement the lesson plans (extra learning program) and life skills groups provided by the program coordinator
  • Provide transportation for participants to all medical/dental appointments, court visits, school, ACR, etc.
  • Conduct safety drills and checks routinely.
  • Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be asked of you as required.

 

Safety and Compliance:

  • Ensure the safety and cleanliness of the house is in compliance with program requirements and DCFS and Public Health codes.
  • Complete daily safety and compliance task including but not limited to, shift checks, point sheets, communication log, and in-house visitation log.
  • Submit Maintenance Request forms promptly according to program standards.
  • Follow appropriate Crisis Intervention policies including but not limited to restraints, contacting of internal and external contacts regarding crisis according to program standards.
  • Follow rules and regulations of transportation according to program standards
  • Adhere to the client visitation policy.

 

Administrative: 

Documentation/Record Keeping:

  • Prepare and submit daily communication log notes according to program standards.
  • Documentation of any Unusual Incident of any participants in the communication log and a email report of the incident to case management, program manager, clinical director, and counselor on shift.
  • Submit all necessary documentation to Case Manager, Program Manager, Clinical Director, HR Dept., and Executive Director as requested.
  • Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be asked of you as required.

 

Agency Activities/Trainings/Other:

  • Attend and participate in all initial and on-going training according to program standards.
  • Attend staff meetings.

 

Qualifications:

Education: High School Diploma

Experience: At least 1 year experience working with adolescent and teenage youth (residential experience preferred)

Credential: N/A

Candidates must have a valid Illinois driver's license, good driving record, and a clear background.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate and work with children with varying ages and skills; and provide necessary guidance, support, and supervision to participants at all times.
  • Mathematics and language arts proficiency
  • First aid and CPR certified
  • Passion to make a positive impact on the lives of youth in the community and to educate them to proficiency
  • Ability to observe participant behavior and participation, assess appropriateness of such, and enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other risks related to an activity.
  • Physical endurance to engage children and adolescents in respective activities
  • Physical strength and ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring medical intervention, and de-escalation.
  • Cognitive ability to provide leadership to achieve participant goals and objectives.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Able to work collaboratively with teams
  • Demonstrated reliability regarding attendance and work performance
  • Ability to be creative, flexible and adaptive in ALL situations, activities and responsibilities
  • Must be a team player
  • Must want to help address the needs of the community

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Seeing: Regularly (67-100%)
  • Hearing: Regularly (67-100%)
  • Standing/Walking: Regularly (67-100%)
  • Climbing/Stooping/Kneeling: Occasionally (12-33%)
  • Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: Rarely (0-12%)
  • Grasping/Feeling: Rarely (0-12%)

 

Working Conditions:

Normal working conditions with the absence of disagreeable elements.

 

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