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119 Kemper Lane
Minimum Qualifications Must be:
1. Permanent service as a Habilitation Specialist 1, OR;
2. Eligible to 70.1 transfer to a Habilitation Specialist 1 title.* Some titles eligible for 70.1 transfer will need to meet the special qualifications for the Habilitation Specialist 1 title, OR;
3. Eligible for provisional appointment pending exam.** OR
4. Reachable on the current Civil Service List for Habilitation Specialist 1.
*Minimum qualifications for current New York State Employee:
A bachelor's or higher level degree in a human services field and, one year permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service in a clinical or direct care position. Permanent New York State certification as a teacher may be substituted for the degree and experience described above.
**Minimum qualifications for outside applicants:
A bachelor’s or higher level degree in a human services field and one year direct care or clinical experience in an organization whose primary focus is providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
For the purpose of these examinations, a degree in a human service field includes the professional disciplines of
audiology, community mental health, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, social work, speech/language pathology and therapeutic recreation (including concentrations in art, creative arts, dance, drama, music, or physical education.) Also included are related academic disciplines associated with the study of human behavior (e.g., gerontology, human services, sociology, speech communication); or human skills development (e.g., counseling, education, human development.) Examples of non-qualifying degrees include but are not limited to: criminal justice, political science, liberal arts, and business.
Duties Description POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The primary responsibility of the person in this position will be to assume the role of a Family Care Home Liaison. Responsibilities include ensuring that all program and any environmental requirements related to the Family Care home are being met and maintained. This staff person also ensures that fiscal and other provider needs and concerns are addressed and are met consistent with the needs of the individual(s) in the home. They will serve as a direct link between the Family Care Provider and Broome DDSOO.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Develop and maintain a working knowledge of the Family Care Program including but not limited to regulatory requirements (part 635), protection of individuals receiving services (part 633), reportable incidents (part 624), Mental Hygiene Law Access to Clinical Records (Article 33§16), and the Home and Community Based Services waiver.
• Develop and maintain an understanding of the Family Care Policy Manual, and understand the role and responsibilities of the treatment team, including the Home Liaison, TTL, Community Mental Health Nurse, and Medicaid Service Coordinator in the family care home.
• Possess good interpersonal skills, good oral and written communication skills, and good listening skills.
• Must maintain confidentiality, and be capable of dealing with diverse personalities.
• Must conduct monthly home visits, ensuring the safety of the individuals, and that they are accepted, that their rights are not being violated and that Form 239 is completed.
• Must be able to evaluate the Family Care Provider’s skills and ability and report issues/concerns as necessary.
• Must be able to communicate to the Family Care Coordinator on any issues within the Family Care Home that may compromise the operation of the home.
• Develops the Residential Habilitation Plan of Care with the Family Care provider and the individual consistent with the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Reviews plan on a monthly basis or more frequently, verifying services were rendered.
• Participates in the semi-annual and annual ISP.
• Assists in development and review of the fire/emergency evacuation plan on no less than a quarterly basis. Ensures fire drills are conducted and observes as required.
• Ensures a Personal Expenditure Plan is in place and used.
• Advocates for the health, safety, and emotional well-being of individuals in Family Care Homes.
• Other duties as assigned.
Additional Comments • All OPWDD employees must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Continued employment will depend on maintaining eligibility.
• OPWDD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that he or she needs a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Central Office at (518) 402-7644 or Email at Affirmative.Action@opwdd.ny.gov to obtain information and RA forms.
• OPWDD participates in Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs. For more information go to: www.studentaid.ed.gov/publicservice.
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