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Community Engagement Specialist (CPS)

at State of Georgia

Posted: 10/12/2019
Job Reference #: SOC0654
Categories: Other/General

Job Description

TheCare Coordinator provides intensive case management services for consumers withsevere and persistent behavioral health disorders.  Typically, the goal is prevention ofhospitalization or other out-of-home placements.  The Care Coordinator provides servicesprimarily in community settings: home, school and other service settings.

This full time position drives agency vehicles to pick-up,transport, and delivers consumers to appointments, program, social functions,and other places. Record a variety of required data on appropriated forms(mileage, fuel, passenger information, maintenance and repair needs).

Inspectvehicle daily and preforms routine maintenance (gas oil, tire pressure, wipes,etc.) and cleaning. Inspect vehicle for presence of safety equipment andnecessary equipment tie-downs. Prepare vehicle for daily travel by fueling vehicle regularly and/or as needed.   Assistpassengers on/off the vehicle as needed. Uses mechanical lift to move passengerin wheelchairs on and off vehicle; Report any unusual or disruptive behavior ofpassengers. Notify supervisor of any accidents mechanical breakdowns or otherincidents and follow required protocols and reporting requirements. Dutiesrequire bending, squatting, and lifting.

Care Coordinator will function as part of an interdisciplinaryteam to provide indirect and direct clinical and supportive services.  Provides and bills only those consumerservices that are authorized in the service plan.

Arranges appointment schedule at optimal intervals tomaximize use of work time.  Writes timelyprogress notes that relate directly to the treatment outcomes described in theservice plan.  Identifies unmet needs,reviews available resources, and modifies the treatment plan as indicated. 

Provides service linking and monitoring.  Establishes linkages and coordination ofservices with community agencies. Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships with communityservice providers.  Informs consumers andfamilies of the availability of community advocacy and support groups. 

Program Description:

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) uses a multidisciplinaryteam approach to provide intensive mental health treatment services toindividuals with severe and persistent mental illness in their homes and othercommunity settings-24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  ACT is often referred to as a “hospitalwithout walls” and its goal is to keep individuals out of state hospitals,jails, emergency rooms and other institutions. ACT clients have to meet a strict criterion (i.e. diagnosed with asevere and persistent mental illness, unable to maintain activities of dailyliving, and be unsuccessful in other forms of treatment).  ACT clients often have no resources and nofamily support and require an intensive and expeditious form of treatment.



Program SpecificDuties:

Travel in all Region 3 and transport individuals when needed

Perform certain case management duties

Work afterhours and on weekends when needed

Be available to respond to emergencies 24 hrs. a day whenOn-call

Participate in daily morning meetings

Perform other discipline duties when appropriateand needed

Bachelor's degree in a social services related field from an accredited college or university AND One year of experience in a social services related field OR High school diploma or GED AND Three years of experience in a social services related position OR One year of experience at the lower level Social Svcs Tech 2 (SST011) or position equivalent.


- Experience working with the Severe and Persistently Mentally ill population, ACT teams, or individual identified as being frequent users of ERs, Psychiatric Hospitals, Crisis Stabilization Units, and the criminal justice system
- Case management experience and/or Certified Peer Specialist Certification
- Experience working in a high stress, fast pace environment with a very emotionally and physically changing population
- Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams
- Ability to multi-task and manage time