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Residential Case Manager 

About the Organization St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) is a non-profit agency that has served Michigan residents for the last 70+ years. As one of the largest human services agencies in the area, we are mission driven to do the work of the Catholic Church, and to share the love of Christ by performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. With strong core values of Compassion, Service, Faith, Stewardship, and Integrity; our 200 employees deliver high quality ‘client centered' expert services in a compassionate manner. With an annual operating budget of $10+ million, STVCC is able to partner with children, families, and adults living in crisis, and helps them to find hope and safety so they can transform their lives.  
Category Social Services  
Description
  • In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, the Caseworker will generate and implement a strength-based, Initial Service Plan (ISP) that will function as the framework guiding treatment processes while the child/family participates in residential services. Coordinates internal and external services to assure that child/youth/family is given the best opportunity to accomplish depicted objective/goals. Works cooperatively with foster families, birth families, child/youth, referral agency, school personnel, court and other professional personnel involved in the treatment of the child. Promptly completes Department of Human Services (DHS) documentation (ISP, USP, DHS-69, court reports, treatment recommendations, etc.) as required by contract. Addresses issues regarding permanency as it relates to familial, living environment/community and educational/academic domains to ensure lifelong connections in safe and comfortable settings where the child/youth has a sense of belonging and well-being. The Case Manager may be required to participate in court hearings and/or to make professional recommendations in determining the best interests of the child/youth. Attends, generates court reports, and testifies in court hearings to access information, represent STVCC, update the court on progress attained, and/or to make professional recommendations in determining the best interests of the child/youth.
  • Attends, generates court reports, and testifies in court hearings to access information, represent STVCC, update the court on progress attained, and/or to make professional recommendations in determining the best interests of the child/youth.
  • Participates in the Intake Case Reviews in consultation with the Intake Coordinator, Children Services Program Director, Program Coordinator, Children Services Clinical Director, Nursing Coordinator, Consulting Psychiatrist, Lead Supervisors, Therapists, and other clinical staff, to assure that children chosen for admission are within the established criteria for the program(s).
  • Assures that every child/youth in treatment is provided an educational program within (5) days of admission.
  • In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, the Caseworker will complete Initial Service Plan (ISP) within 30 days of the child entering agency care that shall include an assessment of current functioning of child and family unit; depict treatment goals and treatment methods to be utilized to address specified behaviors in clear, specific, measurable objectives and timeframes necessary to resolve identified needs/behavior(s) that brought the child into residential care, working towards the child's discharge to a less restrictive placement.
  • Accurately assesses family strengths, areas of growth and needs. Schedules, conducts and facilitates productive family visits, establishes constructive relationships with families, and effectively coordinates home visits, family visits, agency and worker visits.
  • Serves as point person between the child, biological family, foster family, schools, DHS, and other agencies involved with the child/family
  • Develops and maintains excellent relationships with consumer families, DHS workers, school personnel, and relevant referral sources to facilitate effective communication, coordination of services, and permanency for children in care.
  • Coordinates with the children's last school of record and new school to ensure the youth does not lose academic records, properly assesses academic achievement/strengths, continuity of relationships, special education programming/needs, tutoring needs, and need for IEPT to address and service educational needs of children.
  • In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, will complete the Updated Service Plan (USP) within 120 days of the child admission into residential placement that shall include a reassessment of current functioning of the child and family unit, reassessment of treatment goals and treatment methods utilized to address specific behaviors which resulted in the child's placement and depict treatment goals and treatment methods to be utilized to address specified behaviors in clear, specific, measurable objectives and timeframes necessary to resolve identified needs/behavior(s) that brought the child into residential care, working towards the child's discharge to a less restrictive placement.
  • Maintains regular contact with school personnel to monitor children's progress, arrange for structured educational and/or vocational activities, and provided advocacy and service planning for youth that are suspended/expelled.
  • For youth with identified disabilities for whom termination release is planned, an exit review of educational plan shall be initiated at minimum 30 days prior to discharge and forwarded to the local DHS office.
  • Identify Independent Living activities in the Initial Service Plan (ISP) and Updated Service Plan (USP) regularly, following the child's 14th birthday.
  • Prepare child and family unit before, during, and after transition into a less/more restrictive setting by discussing helpful interactional patterns, effective behavior management techniques, and advocating for carefully planned transitions.
  • If there is no identified family, the caseworker will engage in family finding techniques to mine past records to locate possible connections for the child/youth. Coordinate with local DHS or referring worker to identify, recruit and prepare for eventual placement or involvement with youth by determining child's need for clothing, personal items, medication (if applicable), and informing next placement of child's background and other necessary information to assist in structured transition.
  • Will reflect the provision of aftercare/transitional services to children/families discharged from program* by submitting a Case Action Summary (DHS-69) within ninety days of placement discharge, including child/family contacts, collateral contacts, agency and family activities to achieve unmet goals/objectives and an assessment of the child/family circumstances at the end of the sixty day period. *(unless such service is waived in writing by local DHS office supervisor)
  • Works to promote an atmosphere of collaboration, openness, honesty and understanding.
  • Demonstrates an ability to communicate at a professional level, orally and in written form.
  • Participates in any additional, reasonable, responsibilities as deemed necessary by the Lead Case Manager.
 
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Hours  
Location St. Vincent Catholic Charities - Lansing  
Open Date 8/29/2019  
Position Requirements

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, or other related field required, Master’s Degree preferred.

Experience: Some clinical and case management experience with children and families preferred.

Registration, licenses, certifications or special training: Valid driver’s license required. Excellent computer skills and written and verbal skills required; Second language fluency preferred.

Physical Demands: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Emotionally able to work with information that may be traumatic in nature, as well as, work with individuals or families in crisis or experiencing trauma.
  • Mobility and capacity to manage a violent and/or self-abusive child when restraint is required to assure safety.
  • Ability to stand and/or walk up to 8 hours per shift.
  • Work involves talking, stooping, squatting, twisting, climbing, kneeling, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • May be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to sit and use computer workstation, including keyboard and visual display terminal for extended periods of time.
  • Noise in the work environment is usually moderately quiet but can be very loud at times.
  • Work in an environment with various degrees of discomfort.
  • Driving as needed throughout the day.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 
Signing Bonus N/A  
Benefits Medical, dental, vision, flexible spending account, EAP, life, disability, retirement, holiday, vacation and sick time.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Full Job Description Residential Case Manager.pdf 

Benefits Information None Specified 

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