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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 work under the guidance of the Milieu Manager in the coordination, delegation and maintenance of the milieu. This includes behavior management, program safety and compliance, 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 2-3 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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