Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health
  • Farmington, MO, USA
  • Full Time

Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health is a community based, healthcare provider of substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring disorder treatment services. The agency is certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health as a provider of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment services and accredited through CARF as a provider of Integrated Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health services at all of its locations.

Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health is a growing company looking for motivated and energetic individuals interested in making a difference in the lives of our clients.  We offer a full range of benefits along with opportunities for career growth and advancement.   

Mission Statement:  Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health will positively impact the health and well-being of every life we touch.

Vision Statement:  Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health will be the mental health and substance abuse provider of choice by providing exceptional client care.

Values:  Compassion for all clients, families, and communities we serve; accountability in our financial and healthcare practices; service as a theme for how we conduct our business in all aspects; and quality, which must be paramount to everything that we do.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Nursing, Education or a qualifying combination of education and/or experience in the appropriate field are required.   Experience in vocational services and knowledge of this work world are preferred.  Current certification in CPR/First Aid and a valid Missouri Class E Driver's License are required.  Extensive travel and field work within the local region may be required.  Employees are required to maintain the certifications and/or licenses possessed when hired and those gained while an employee of this Agency.  Any lapsed certification or license may be grounds for discipline, removal from a position, or termination of employment.

Must pass background check provided for the agency by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Family Care Safety Registry which includes the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and Department of Health and Senior Services.  Must not be on any "do not hire" list with the Department of Mental Health or the Missouri Division of Family Services.  Must have reliable transportation.  This job classification is covered under the agency's Exposure Control Plan.  Employees in this job classification may reasonably anticipate being occupationally exposed to infectious materials.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The Employment Placement Specialist position carries out Supported Employment services by helping consumers obtain and sustain employment that is consistent with their vocational goals and recovery.

The position requires an ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with co-workers, community employers, and consumers.  Regular and consistent attendance is an essential job function.

Staff must demonstrate excellence in overall work performance; promote positive morale through a congenial, supportive attitude and by providing service to others; put forth an effort to improve self as well as to develop and recognize others; exhibit initiative, innovation and creativity resulting in improved operating efficiency of their work focus or the agency as a whole; enhance the image of their department and the agency.

Immediately reports to supervisory staff any situation which may indicate an immediate threat to the physical or psychological well-being of consumers or staff. 

ADDITIONAL DUTIES:

This position requires the ability to perform accurate and timely recordkeeping using an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system.

Engages consumers and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in integrated job settings.

Assesses consumer's vocational functioning on ongoing basis.

Following Individual Placement and Support (IPS) principles and Agency procedures, helps consumers in job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are consistent with consumers' needs and interests.

Provides individualized, time-unlimited, follow-along services to help consumers sustain employment.

Based on agreement with consumers, provides education and support to employers, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact with employers.

Assists consumers in learning how their benefits will be affected by earned income. 

Helps consumers think about long-term employment goals, work history, strengths, personal culture (as defined by each person), justice involvement, and other factors that relate to a current vocational goal. 

Completes a career profile for each new consumer with information from; the consumer, mental health practitioners, and with permission, family members or past employers.

Updates the consumer's profile with each new job and education experience.

With the consumer's permission, provides education and support to family members about work and gathers input about skills, interests, strengths of the consumer and ideas for support.

Identifies each consumer's preference for disclosure of psychiatric status to employers, including possible costs and benefits and specific information to be disclosed.

Provides assistance with the job search regardless of consumer's preferences regarding disclosure (i.e., support without employer contact when consumer chooses not to disclose).

Develops an individual employment plan; with the consumer and with input from the mental health worker, other treatment team providers, for example, the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselor and family members. 

Incorporates information about the person's culture (as defined by each consumer), that relates to work and school.  Updates the employment plan quarterly or when there is a change in employment or education status.

Conducts at least six employer contacts each week to learn about businesses and employer needs, to talk about specific consumers who are looking for work and/or to talk about employer services offered by the IPS program.

Develops at a minimum 12 job starts each year after the first year of employment as an Employment Placement Specialist.

Supports each consumer making employer contacts by applying for jobs, or learning more about jobs available in the community, within an average of 30 days after program entry.

Provides individualized, follow-along supports, to assist consumers in maintaining their employment.

Provides frequent in-person supports during the first month of a new job and at least monthly after working steadily and desired by consumers.

Provides outreach services as necessary to consumers when they miss appointments.  Uses a variety of methods to discover what is interfering with the person's employment plan.

Participates in weekly meetings with behavioral health treatment team and communicates individually with team members between meetings in order to coordinate services and generate ideas to help people achieve their employment goals.

Attends weekly meetings with VR counselors to discuss possible referrals and shared consumers.

Communicates with VR counselors between weekly meetings.

Spends at least 65% or more of total scheduled work hours in the community, for example, meets with consumers in community settings and develops relationships with managers at their businesses.

Helps consumers with career development including finding jobs that are more desirable, helping people ask for raises and promotions, and helping with education and training programs that are available to the general public.

Provides supported education, using principles similar to IPS, for consumers who express interest in education to advance their employment goals.

Identifies and develops competitive and integrated employment opportunities.

May be required to function as a Care Coordinator assisting clients in major domains of life functioning other than employment.

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