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Parent Advocate/Case Manager in Manhattan at The Jewish Board

Date Posted: 3/28/2018

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Job Description

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The School Based Mental Health Prevention and Intervention program is a new program in “high-needs” middle and high schools which provides counseling, professional development, classroom observations, group therapy for at-risk groups, case management and community linkages/referrals, etc.  The project offers both prevention work for the entire school population, screening and brief intervention for vulnerable populations (LBGTQ, new immigrants, etc.) and provides individual, family, group and collateral therapy sessions for students and families with a behavioral health issues.  This program aims to provide teachers with more options, increase student access to mental health services, and include greater family engagement through community referrals, family therapy, parent workshops, and trainings. The goal is to increase opportunities for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties and their families to receive high-quality mental health services in the school setting. 

The Jewish Board will work with schools in Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn.  The Parent Advocate/Case Manager will work with the school staff and program Social Worker to find concrete and treatment resources for students and their families.

KEY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Make referrals to community providers.
  • Create linkages between providers and school staff or parent groups.
  • Work with parents/care givers and parent groups in the community and homes to assist in finding resources for concrete and treatment services.
  • Help parents/care givers and students to overcome obstacles to receiving services.
  • Accompany families in accessing services in the community when necessary.
  • Attend school staff meetings and participate on crisis teams and other school committees.
  • Parent workshops on behavioral health topics.
  • Assist school and program social worker in writing policies or initiating school wide prevention efforts related to behavioral health concerns or to improve school climate (e.g. anti-bullying campaigns, reducing mental health stigma, etc.).
  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date case records, statistics, and other documentation as required by the Office of School Health, JBFCS and the school.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATIONAL / TRAINING REQUIRED:

  • High School degree required, College degree preferred. 
  • Experience in a school or working with adolescents is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of community is required.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED / LANGUAGE PREFERENCE:

  • Bilingual-Spanish preferred for some schools
  • Bilingual in other languages preferred for some schools

COMPUTER SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Basic computer skills required

WORK ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL EFFORT

  • Majority of work during traditional school hours but ability to work with families in community or homes or after school hours when necessary.