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Mental Health and Disability Specialist

Company: AFL-CIO APPALACHIAN COUNCIL
Location: Parkersburg
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

A. GENERAL SUMMARY OF WHAT THE POSITION DOESMental Health and Disability Services are an integral part of the larger system of services provided by Head Start. They play an important part in supporting the goals of the program. This position is responsible for the facilitation of Mental Health and Disability Services. This position is responsible for the coordination of services to children who may present with Mental Health and/or Disability concerns. The position is responsible for the development and implementation of the mental health and disabilities programs, tracking and record keeping, community relations and outreach. The position does not involve provision of mental health diagnoses.
B. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITIONDuties are described in major areas in order of importance.
RESPONSIBILITIES1. Assist students, families, and staff by modeling and utilizing the PATHS curriculum.2. Assess for social and emotional concerns with the BASC-3 tool within the first 30 days of child's enrollment.3. Review Brigance screening within 45 of child's enrollment to help connect students and families to developmental services. 4. Work closely with Board of Education, Early Childhood Education Specialist, other Mental Health and Disability Specialist, Education Staff, and Family Service Workers to provide a team approach for all students who may have exceptionalities or identified needs.5. Spend time weekly in stand-alone classrooms to observe, build rapport, and intervene as necessary. 6. Offers services to Board of Education classrooms.7. Familiarize yourself with students who have or need an IEP. 8. Observe students via email, phone calls, or visits to make sure the child, parents, and education staff feel supported.9. Provide coordination of services to support identified children to see a pediatrician, counselor, speech therapist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist. 10. Familiarize yourself with Child Licensing Regulations for stand-alone sites and classroom curriculum.11. Plans and aligns all classroom changes with Early Childhood Education Specialist.
TRAINING AND OTHER 1. Successfully completes and maintains Basic First Aide and CPR Certification.2. Attends all workshops and meetings as deemed necessary by supervisor.3. Attends all requires staff and parent meetings and activities.4. Works closely with hourly staff to train them on PATHs curriculum.5. Work closely with Family Service Worker's to monitor active enrollment throughout the year.
PERFORMS OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED.

C. SUPERVISION EXERCISED
Positions supervised: None
D. SUPERVISION RECEIVED
The Head Start Director evaluates the performance. Assistance is received from other management staff as needed.Head Start effectively uses the teamwork approach. All Service Areas are interwoven to better assist and support families. The immediate supervisor is responsible for yearly appraisals of this position. The program will conduct a self-assessment in which the overall program will be covered as addressed in the Head Start Performance Standards and related regulations.
PERSONAL CONTACTSMajor internal and external contacts, and the minimal frequency of those contacts, are listed
Internal ExternalHead Start Director - as needed Head Start Parents - dailyCounty Supervisor- as need Community Resources - as neededHuman Resource Coordinator - as neededOther Specialists - as neededHourly Staff - daily
E. E. KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY
Knowledge: Knowledge of program planning and practices in preschool, center-based programs. Thorough knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards and best practices related to Early Childhood Education. Knowledge of local childcare licensing regulations. Abilities: Ability to know and implement the Head Start Performance Standards and policies of the agency. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, children/parents, and outside agencies. Ability to keep all information strictly confidential. Ability to oversee and operate the day-to-day program in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.
LANGUAGE SKILLS - Ability to communicate ideas and instructions orally and in writing. - Ability to speak, read and write English well enough to understand and be understood by others. - Ability to write reports and business correspondence. - Ability to read, analyze and interpret general mental health and disabilities journals and resource material on Transition. - Ability to speak before groups of individuals.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS - Ability to produce and interpret graphs, charts, spreadsheets, and other mathematical reports.
REASONING SKILLS - Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. - Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions. - Ability to summarize conclusions and instructions, then make recommendations and develop implementation strategies. - Ability to always maintain strict confidentiality, including the ability to recognize situations in which confidentiality is required.

I. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCEThe above knowledge and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience, with a minimum of High School Diploma or GED, along with specialized training in supervisory skills, and experience with preschool programs. Preferred Bachelor's Degree in Mental Health/Social Services related field. Must be willing and able to obtain Basic First Aid and CPR Certification within the initial probationary period and maintain certification. Acceptable tuberculosis screening results, clear criminal records check, and an initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment. Current and former Head Start staff and parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.
J. PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS - May occasionally need to provide gentle restraint to children. - Travel by car, bus, airplane, or train may also be required associated with attendance at conferences, meeting and other duties carried out at distant locations in and out of state and in some cases where some overnight travel may be required. - May be required to lift up to 45 pounds. - Some exposure to communicable diseases. - Noise level in work environment may be moderate to loud. - Work is generally preformed in an office environment or in a classroom setting involving face-to-face communication. - Some evenings and weekend work may occasionally be required for events such as home visits, parent teacher conferences, and Parent meetings.

Keywords: AFL-CIO APPALACHIAN COUNCIL, Columbus , Mental Health and Disability Specialist, Healthcare , Parkersburg, Ohio

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