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JOB TITLE: Community Transition Specialist (CTS) EFFECTIVE DATE: 8/22/2011
DEPARTMENT: Independent Living REPORTS TO: IL Program Manager
STATUS: Full-time; 40 hour/week
The Independent Living specialist is responsible for coordinating the Community Transition program efficiently and effectively within the guidelines set forth by the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing to include successfully transitioning consumers from nursing home environments to independent living.
Baccalaureate Degree preferred or equivalent experience
Experience and a desire to work with people with disabilities
The ability to arrange transportation and travel independently including the ability to travel freely throughout El Paso, Teller, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Park, Lincoln, Cheyenne and Elbert counties to provide IL services
Proficient with computer, including, Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, and Outlook
Knowledgeable or ability to become knowledgeable in social security benefits, Medicaid, Medicare, housing, and other services for people in CTS.
Ability to work as a team member
Essential Functions/Areas of Accountability:
Ensure the philosophy, mission and goals of the independent living program are maintained.
Have a working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and Fair Housing
Identify nursing home residents for CTS eligibility
Determine if residents were referred through MDS Section Q or other means
Initiate assessments and intake per The Independence Center and State requirements
Work with Social Service agencies and case managers following set procedures
Actively promote and market the program as well as maintain a list of eligible consumers
Conduct nursing facility in-service and education concerning CTS program
Make referrals as needed for independent living skill services
Data entry and charting, maintaining updated consumer records
Initial assessments and intake per The Independence Center (THE IC) and State requirements
Facilitate team effort with other agencies, family, and friends of the consumer
Coordinate transition— ensure all benefits and social services are utilized (housing voucher, food stamps, home health services, lifelines)
Assist consumer with initial shopping for food, household items and furniture
Lifting and carrying purchased items, arranging for delivery as needed
Coordinate follow up visits as required by THE IC and/or HCPF
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers and the public
Responsible for completing all paperwork and documentation such as Consumer Intake packet, Individual Living Plan and entering services into Services database to meet State regulatory requirements in a timely manner.
Be a self-starter who is productive and proactive as well as work in conjunction with current CTS Specialist to accomplish job duties.
Attendance at weekly staff meeting, engage in and explore opportunities for training related to the position.
Set clear expectations, responsibilities and goals with consumers.
Maintain confidentiality as outlined in the employee handbook and work within the confines of HIPPA regulations.
Accepts responsibility for personal and professional development.
Performs other related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.
Skills and Abilities:
Compassion for people wanting to get out of nursing home
Personal experience with a disability and knowledge of the Independent living movement is desirable
Excellent Interpersonal Skills
Excellent Communication Skills, Including Public Speaking
Ability to write routine reports, assessments and related correspondence.
The capacity to empower individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves
Ability to lift, push, pull, drag, guide up to 35 lbs.
Ability to lift, carry, bend, stretch, climb, crawl, twist and maneuver without any restrictions.
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.
This position may also require the performance of other duties as assigned.
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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Independence Center is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.