Community Living Specialists are located in Wilmington, Newark, Claymont, Dover and Millsboro, Delaware. The Community Living Specialist is an integral member of the Community Building team that provides recovery training, outreach and support to adults transitioning in the community and enrolled in ACT or ICM Treatment Services. The Community Living Specialist brings their lived experience of mental health and/or sobriety to the team providing evidence that Recovery is possible. The Community Living Specialist collaborates with the neighbor by completing a Recovery partnership that identifies hopes and dreams. In partnership with the neighbor and the Team Leaders, the Community Living Specialist facilitates the path identified in achieving the Neighbor's stated Recovery Solutions within the 9 Dimensions of Wellness. The Community Living Specialist acts as an advocate for the needs of every neighbor and works in collaboration with ACT/ICM treatment teams to support the day-to-day activities of the program's Recovery environment.
Essential Job Functions
Maintain and observe all HIPAA regulations that apply.
Within 24 hours of moving into a Community Building location, the Community Living Specialist ensures the Welcome Packet, including consents, is understood and completed.
The Community Living Specialist facilitates the creation of a Collaborative Treatment Plan with the neighbor and their treatment provider.
Enters information into Avatar, RI International's Electronic Medical Record.
Advocates with the neighbor to ensure collaboration with identified community supports i.e. family, friends, clinical home, housing supports, etc., to obtain collateral information and ongoing participation in the neighbor's recovery journey.
In partnership with the neighbor, serves as an advocate with treatment and other service providers in order to achieve success toward goals identified in the Collaborative Treatment Plan.
Identifies and educates neighbors on community resources available to them, including but not limited to social, educational, and employment activities.
In partnership with the neighbor, Community Living Specialist will prompt and/or monitor completion of activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include bathing, dressing, meal preparation, laundry, cleaning, shopping. Depending on the strength of the neighbor, if ADLs cannot be successfully completed by the neighbor, the neighbor's treatment team is notified.
Adheres to attendance and punctuality policy.
Dresses in an appropriate manner with the nature of work performed.
May drive personal or agency vehicle to conduct agency business, if authorized to do so.
Other duties as assigned.
Safety/ Physical Environment
Participates as a team member to provide a safe recovery environment. Utilizes infection control and other safety standards. Contributes to the cleanliness of the work place.
Utilizes effective positive engagement and conflict resolution skills.
Fosters personal and environmental wellness by taking care of self and maintaining environmental wellness by reporting infection and on the job injuries.
Assesses emergency situations, notifies supervisor of actual or potential challenges, exercises judgment in stressful conditions and responds calmly and quickly. Displays teamwork during emergencies.
Influence and improve operations which are not under direct control.
Use problem solving methods and critical thinking to continuously improve operations.
Job Specifications - Education & Experience
Lived experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges.
High school diploma or GED, with confirmed plans for continuing education.
Two (2) years of experience providing counseling/psychosocial/mental health services and/or counseling/crisis intervention services in a mental health or Substance Abuse treatment setting.
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)/Certified Co-Occurring Dependency Professional (CCDP) or Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS) preferred.
Ability to accurately and effectively use electronic technology, including, but not limited to Outlook, Relias, Ultipro and the Electronic Medical Record.
Continuing Education & Certifications
By employment date and annually thereafter, TB test clearance.
Successful completions of FBI fingerprint background clearance, Adult Abuse and Child Abuse Registry Checks.
Service Letter and or Professional Reference requirements.
First Aid Certification, as required.
CPR Certification, as required.
Completion of all company required training
Driving Requirements (if an authorized or approved driver):
Must possess a valid State Driving license and be at least 21 years of age if driving a company vehicle or personal vehicle on agency business.
Proof of current auto insurance if using a personal vehicle on agency business.
Must be able to meet all of the requirements of the Organization's Driver's Safety Policy.
Must meet and remain in compliance with all driver eligibility requirements
Works in an office environment, community and/or behavioral health clinic and may sometimes travel to meet the business needs.
Works a standard work week but may be required to work some evenings and weekends to ensure program activities are met.
May be exposed to agitated individuals, risk mitigated by de-escalation training.
The physical requirements described herein are representative of those which must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job. Works in a standard office environment, community and behavioral health clinical areas with some exposure to hazardous situations. Physical demands may include work close to the eyes and substantial motions of the wrist, hands and/or fingers. Occasional sitting, standing, walking, handling, finger dexterity, eye-hand-foot coordination, use of corrected vision. May be required to lift up to twenty (20) pounds.
If you are ready to really make a difference in people's lives and join our team of professionals who care, then take the next step and apply now!
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefit package: Bilingual Differentials, Shift Differentials, Medical, HSA, Dental, Vision, and Group Life Insurance, Employer Matching 401k Plan, Employee Perks Program, Employee Assistance Program, Paid Holidays and Generous PTO (paid time off) Program. RI also supports the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
RI is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
All candidates are required to pass a pre-employment substance abuse test before beginning employment, to include the use of recreational marijuana. RI is committed to maintaining a workplace free of the effects of drugs and alcohol for the health, safety and welfare of its employees, their families and our guests.
RI is committed to diversity in the workplace and promotes equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. We value a diverse workforce because diversity strengthens our teams and supports our innovative approaches to client engagement creating a healthier atmosphere.