As a recognized leader in our field, The Guidance Center provides a broad range of services that have helped children, adults and families unlock potential and build better lives for more than 60 years. With 25 programs we offer treatment, prevention, growth and education services to more than 23,000 people annually. Together we: Nurture development. Foster resilience. Cultivate well-being.
We have an exciting opportunity for an Advocate in the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Program to join our team of talented professionals.
As an Advocate in the ACT Program, you will be responsible for the following:
- Work with the team to deliver advocacy, case management, medical and psychosocial services to ACT consumers.
- Gather and integrate information from all available sources to complete all assessments, treatment plans and periodic reviews.
- Utilize motivational interviewing techniques to assess and articulate the motivation of consumers to address specific needs identified during the assessment process.
- Assist consumers in determining their eligibility for entitlements, community services and supports.
- Co-facilitate or co-lead group sessions / meetings.
- Provide individual / group psych education and / or utilize the Illness Management and Recovery Model.
- Provide activities to enhance consumer social skills.
- Provide face to face interventions, based on consumer needs.
- Conduct community outreach and home visits, with all consumers, rotating at least once monthly.
- Reassess service needs and preferences, every 90 days or as needed.
- Coordinate the client’s primary and other health care providers to assure continuity of care.
- Coordinate admission and discharge planning and follow up with all psychiatric hospital admissions.
- Conduct crisis planning with the consumer.
- Rotate on-call responsibilities for crisis calls and pre-admission hospital screenings, 24/7.
- Monitor medication of consumers.
- Discuss, with the team, on a daily basis, all consumer needs and updates.
- Complete Monthly reports for the Supervisor.
- Perform within acceptable standards of productivity.
- Complete all documentation within expected time frames.
- Respond in writing, to routine chart reviews and audits.
- Adhere to the ACT Fidelity Model.
- Conduct an annual ACT Consumer Run Group.
- Conduct annual Quality of Life Surveys and quarterly satisfaction surveys.
- Participate in regularly scheduled supervision, case consultations and team meetings.
- Maintain Vehicle Safety Checklist, Monthly Mileage Logs and maintenance of vehicles.
- Maintain appropriate state licensure and certification.
- Complete 25 hours of program and / or specific training on an annual basis.
To qualify for this position, you will need the following:
- Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and possess the corresponding State of Michigan Licensure.
- Candidates without a state license can be considered but must obtain state licensure (LLBSW or LBSW) within a 60 day training period, beginning on the date of hire.
- This period may be extended by up to an additional 60 days of training at the sole discretion of the employer. Failure to obtain licensure within the training period will result in the employee being unqualified to perform work functions. Beyond the training period, all state licensure must continually remain active, in effect, and free from disciplinary action.
- Candidates must obtain the Qualified Mental Health Professional credential within 120 days of hire.
- Must have one year of experience (may include time spent in field work or internship) treating or working with people who have been diagnosed with mental illness.
- Must obtain, within 60 days and retain a valid Michigan Chauffeur's License and have a good driving record.
- Must have the ability to engage adult mental health consumers, their families and support systems.
- Must have the ability to appropriately handle crisis situations.
- Must have an orientation toward providing community outreach services and navigating the network of services available at the agency and in the community.
- Additional requirements include a non-judgmental approach that reflects cultural competence and sensitivity to the unique needs and diverse experiences of adults with mental illness, their families and providers. Candidates must be able to work independently, demonstrate effective organizational, verbal and written communication skills.
The Guidance believes that our team members are our most valuable resources, and we invest in them accordingly. We offer our employees a competitive salary, flexible scheduling opportunities, a team-oriented work environment and much more! If you are interested in becoming part of our world-class team, please submit your resume on-line at www.guidance-center.org/careers.
The Guidance Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity
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