Therapeutic Mentor/Direct Care Specialist - Therapeutic Day Services
Company: Brien Center for Mental Health
Posted on: June 6, 2021
**Therapeutic Mentors require a Bachelor's Degree
which determines a higher wage**
Essential Job Functions
Direct Care Specialists for the South Forty Program provide
invaluable one-on-one and group coaching, guidance, and
reinforcement of adaptive, developmentally appropriate social,
emotional, and communication skills for youth, ranging from 3 to 21
years of age. Options for Youth Programs are funded by a
combination of state [DCF and DMH] as well as third-party
contracts. While these contracts have slight variations in program
implementation and credentialing requirements, they share similar
core skills, abilities, and scopes of practice. Below are the
common elements that are the foundation of all direct care work
within the Options for Youth programs.
I. Direct Care:
- Provide case management of assigned youth, including
understanding and operationalizing the various program
specifications entailed in each of the assigned clients service
- Coordinate and collaborate with clinicians and other providers
regarding treatment plan and strategies for intervention, in
accordance with assigned clients service contracts.
- Provide outreach to child/family/collateral contacts throughout
child/adolescents network, including family, guardians, school,
court, CBHI providers, DCF, DMH and other community agencies.
- Participate in program planning, preparation and coverage of
day treatment program, a structured group environment using
recreational/group therapy interventions (South Forty and Options
for Youth staff)
- Supervise youth in Day Treatment after school programs and in
other community sites, as specified in clients treatment/service
- Support clients in maintaining treatment at the Brien Center
and other relevant agencies as stated in clients treatment
- Implement direct interventions, as specified by clients
treatment plans and provider contracts.
- Model receptivity to feedback and learning opportunities for
clients, families and provider systems.
- Consistently convey authenticity, hopefulness, dignity, and
respect for clients and families.
- Document and regularly communicate careful and objective
observations regarding clients emotional and behavior status;
progress in reaching goals, and clients/familys receptivity to
II. Administrative Duties:
- Complete all paperwork in a timely manner according to
state-contracted and/or funder-contracted deadlines in accordance
with various program specifications entailed in each of the
assigned clients service contracts.
- Participate in all relevant staff meetings, group and
individual supervisions and other required trainings.
- Effectively and independently manage all aspects of the case
management role, including scheduling client appointments and
collateral contacts at the frequency that is outlined in the staff
manualaccording to funders contractual specifications.
- Appropriate and active utilization of emails and other forms of
technology, as demonstrated by giving and receiving work-related
information regarding appointments, work assignments, and case
- Active accountability for time management through direct
communication and scheduling documentation requirements specified
by program supervisors.
- Consistent fulfillment of funder-mandated service delivery
specifications regarding the frequency and intensity of direct
- Timely provision of updates to supervisors regarding collateral
contacts; factors impacting authorization of services; expected
discharges; and other service delivery factors.
- Complete all assigned tasks that impact the organized function
of the program.
- Provide an atmosphere conducive to enhancing mental health and
recovery in keeping with human rights consumers.
- Represent the agency in a professional manner at all times
- Report any incident (s) regarding accidents, injuries and
unusual events to program supervisor and other relevant
- Flexibly respond to program scheduling needs and assist other
programs when assigned.
- Provide transportation when necessary to facilitate treatment
- Participate in program-mandated trainings.
- Bachelors degree in a human services field, as stipulated in
the CBHI-approved listing of human service degrees that meet
MassHealth MCE credentialing
criteria AND at
least one year of experience in working
- An Associates or High School/Equivalent degree in a human
services field, as stipulated in the CBHI-approved listing of human
service degrees that meet MassHealth MCE credentialing
criteria, AND at
least two years of relevant experience
in working with children/adolescents.
- Knowledge of community resources
- Strong computer skills
- Able to respond to program and client-specific scheduling needs
on a flexible basis
- Support and maintain the principles and policies of the Brien
- Maintain ethical and professional standards
- Represent the agency in a professional manner in all community
- Demonstrate commitment to the Agencys mission and community
mental health principles
- Possess a valid drivers license and ability to pass Drivers
- Successfully pass Criminal Offense Record Inquiry (CORI)
- First Aid/CPR certified (Offered upon hire)
- Possess a working, reliable vehicle for transportation of self
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