Disabilities & Mental Health Specialist
- Job Title
- Disabilities & Mental Health Specialist
- Job ID
- Los Angeles, CA 90071
- Other Location
Under general supervision, the Disabilities & Mental Health Specialist is responsible for ensuring that program services are provided to families with children with emotional/developmental needs. The incumbent implements, coordinates and evaluates services and methods for both staff and families in providing the overall mental health approach in the program. This position works within an interdisciplinary team setting with other Early Head Start- CCP staff, using case-management protocols that integrate service areas, to address identified concerns for children. The ideal candidate will provide leadership and exceptional support services for the Early Head Start –CPP program services in the following areas:
Consistently promotes and models courteous Child360/community service in a prompt and efficient manner. Maintains positive relationships with all Child360 internal and external contacts through professional honest interaction. Responds to requests quickly and professionally recognizing that a request serves an organization and/or community need.
Supports our mission of Educational Justice: Every child will succeed in school and life.
Supports our mission of providing advanced early education program quality and capacity by supporting the development of the whole child, growing a qualified and diverse workforce, and strengthening family engagement. Creates and sustains strategic partnerships and advocates for policies that promote access and program excellence.
- Ensures that children receive necessary services offered both by the program and outside organizations
- Provides prevention, early identification on suspected disabilities and mental health concerns
- Coordinates the preparation and updating of the Mental Health and Disabilities Service Area Plans
- Designs and implements a formal referral and follow-up systems for all children requiring disability, mental health services
- Compiles and maintains files on available community related resources including Local Education Agencies (LEA/SELPA).
- Procures contracts with outside licensed professionals such as psychologists who can provide services to children and their families and advise them on particular issues
- Develops inter-agency agreements, for planning and coordinating any specialized services with agencies and organizations in the community
- Utilizes a Multi-disciplinary team process to plan, develop and coordinate interventions and follow-ups
- Utilizes the identified Data Management System to track, monitor and follow-up on cases with identified concerns and for those children with Individualized Education Plans (IEP), receiving services or other diagnosed special need.
- Requests additional documentation from teaching staff regarding children and observed behaviors
- Provides onsite observations and follow-up with identified children as needed
- Supports and participates in the planning of the Health Services and School Readiness Advisory Committee meetings on a quarterly basis
- Participates in leadership meetings with the Health Services Manager
- Produces reports at least monthly on the status of services provided
- Participates in agency's annual Program Information Report (PIR) process
- Develops scope of work for relevant contracts, and monitors the provisions of such services
- Implements active participation through the development of a broad community-based network of child development and mental health partnerships that foster applications to the program
- Other duties as assigned.
- May be expected to lift boxes up to 25 lbs.
- May require some evenings and/or weekends
- Will be expected to travel 40% of the time
- Other duties as assigned
- Adheres to Child360 health and safety practices, and any unique health and safety practices for the department, building and/or County.
- Two years of experience as a paraprofessional in a preschool, mental health or social services agency
- Two years of administrative, leadership and training supervisory experience is highly desirable.
- Knowledge of Child Care Licensing Regulations and Head Start Performance Standards and best practices related to special education, early intervention and early childhood education.
- Knowledge of public health programs and other resources and the availability of such programs in the community.
- Knowledge of safety standards as they relate to health, food service and nutrition management for children with disabilities and mental health concerns.
- Knowledge of general business practices such as supervisory practices, administrative basics, general financials, and risk management.
- Knowledge of local resources, services, and networks
- Ability to know and implement Head Start Performance Standards, Child Care Licensing Regulations and agency policies and procedures
- Skill in the operation and maintenance of basic instruments and equipment used in patient care (e.g. items commonly found in a first aid kit). Ability to recognize problems in the area of mental health, health, nutrition and/or child safety
- Ability to effectively plan, coordinate and evaluate the nutritional and health requirements for children and families with disabilities and mental health concerns.
- Ability to exercise professional judgment in evaluating before making decisions
- Ability to communicate, both oral and written, to individuals with diverse backgrounds
- Ability to speak, read and write English well enough to understand and be understood by others; bilingual skills are helpful
- Ability to speak before groups of individuals
- Ability to stay current of Head Start and other applicable regulations/compliance requirements and provide timely updates on program procedures and ensure application.
- Ability to have a working knowledge of recent research and developments in the disabilities and mental health fields as they pertain to early childhood development.
Formal Education: Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology or related field.
Language proficiency required/preferred: Proficient knowledge of English grammar required
The availability and continuation of this position is contingent upon grant funding.
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