Autism Case Manager

Company Name:
Advocates, Inc.
Founded in 1975 by a group of volunteers providing patient rehabilitation services on the grounds of Westborough State Hospital, Advocates is now one of the largest human services organizations in the state. Today, Advocate employs over 1000 staff members and serves 20,000 individuals at over 100 sites across Eastern and Central Massachusetts.
Our commitment to meeting the needs of individuals facing diverse life challenges has given rise to a broad range of community based services, including: Residential Supports, Outpatient Mental Health, Outpatient Addiction, Psychiatric Emergency Services, Home-Based Services for Children and Families, Community Justice, Family Supports, Employment and Vocational Services, and Day Habilitation.
Services are designed to meet the unique needs of elders, families and individuals with mental health challenges, addiction, developmental/intellectual disabilities, autism, brain injury and other life challenges. Advocates is a nationally recognized provider for adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults with disabilities and individuals with developmental and co-occuring mental health needs. Our culturally sensitive programs and supports serve individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.
At the heart of all Advocates services is a commitment to partnering with the individuals we support and, where appropriate, their family members, so that they can lead full and satisfying lives of their own design. We practice a person-centered approach that respects the unique needs, wishes and abilities of each individual.
Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.
The Autism Case Manager is responsible for documentation and maintenance of assigned consumer records, including all areas of the Individual Service Plan (ISP), medical concerns and appointments. Also should be proactive and must focus on individual advocacy, empowerment, and community integration.
1. Provide case management for two or more individuals in the program as identified by supervisor and advocate for the needs of the individuals.
2. Report to the shift on time and remain alert and responsive to the needs of the individuals throughout the shift.
3. Participate in the development of the Individual Service Plan (ISP) and program specific interventions for individuals.
4. Develop, implement and monitor interesting, creative, and person centered goals with individuals.
5. Complete monthly reports: progress reports, data collection summaries.
6. Attend trainings as assigned; maintain necessary certifications (CPR/First Aid, SOLVE, MAP, HR/DPPC).
7. Advocate for the rights of the individuals; ensure that individuals are treated with dignity and respect; uphold the human rights of all individuals.
8. Provide skills training and support to the individuals as identified in the ISP, including but not limited to the areas of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) routines, behavioral treatment plans, community integration activities, communication and health care.
9. Provide a safe, homelike living environment for the individuals.
10. Assist individuals with home maintenance and perform cleaning duties as assigned.
11. Assist individuals in self-advocacy, decision-making and empowerment.
12. Assist individuals with obtaining all services and entitlements (housing, inspections, Insurance benefits) for which they qualify.
13. Foster community integration and provide support to individuals to actualize this goal. Actively seek out integrated activities.
14. Provide transportation as needed.
15. Participate in weekly staff meetings, supervision and clinical meetings, as specified by supervisor.
16. Maintain documentation/record keeping in accordance with agency/Department of Developmental Services guidelines.
17. Report significant issues (health, behavioral, psychiatric) to the appropriate supervisor in a timely fashion. Document issues/incidents according to agency and division guidelines.
18. Prepare summaries of interaction and objective behavioral observations of clients at the end of shift; clinical notes and data collection using Microsoft Outlook.
19. Perform physical intervention in the event of a client crisis.
1. BS/BA in related field with 4 years of Autism experience.
2. Must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.
3. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing and ability to use good judgment.
4. Must have basic computer knowledge.
5. Sensitivity to the needs of the population.
6. High energy level, superior interpersonal skills and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
7. Must hold a valid drivers'' license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport consumers.
Date: 2014-05-20
Country: US
State: MA
City: Ashland
Postal Code: 01721

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