Mental Health and Disability Specialist
Company: AFL-CIO APPALACHIAN COUNCIL
Posted on: June 25, 2022
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
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
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
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.
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