Career Opportunities!

We are constantly looking for talented and passionate individuals who are willing to make a difference in the lives of the people of the Greater Elgin Area.

Family Service Association of Greater Elgin (FSA) fosters a culture of support, accountability, and transparency. We strive to provide our employees with the resources they need to deliver the best care for our clients and thrive in the field. Our collaborative work environment and high ethical standards aid us in providing the continuity of care necessary to reach successful treatment outcomes.


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Available Positions

Type: On-Call Position, Nights, Weekends, Holidays, 8-10 shifts per month (Part-Time)
Location: Community-based

Summary

Screening, Assessment, and Support Service (SASS), is a 90-day intensive based program for children, adolescents and their families in crisis. SASS provides intensive mental health services for children and youth who may need hospitalization for mental health care. SASS will also provide crisis intervention, linkage and coordination of services to other community based mental health agencies for aftercare and outpatient treatment. The SASS program's main focus is to stabilize the family and maintain the youth at home and in the community. The program serves youth in all of Kane and Kendall counties.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for accepting crisis calls from the CARES line within 10 minutes of call
  • Responsible for providing a crisis screening to client at location requested within 90 minutes of initial CARES call. As part of the assessment, the Crisis Worker must assess risk, presenting problem, social history, self-care habits, and family system. Intake forms and appropriate releases must also be completed
  • Responsible for networking with collaterals on behalf of crisis/active clients, for facilitation of level of care determined
  • Responsible for attending group supervision once a month
  • Responsible for discussing cases with supervisor in clinical, individual and/or group supervision as need arises
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all clinical paperwork for clients served
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all agency administrative paperwork, including: 1009’s, case notes, time sheets, expense sheets and any other administrative or agency requested reports
  • Responsible for attending meetings as requested by supervisor
  • Responsible for serving on Agency and/or Program Committees when requested by supervisor.
  • Responsible for working at least two agency holidays per year
  • Responsible for educating the community regarding the SASS program in the service area
  • Responsible for facilitating positive networking relationships with community service providers and/or networks as assigned by supervisor
  • Pursue and maintain licensure and/or certification that is available and appropriate to educational/professional background
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Perform business related travel as needed
  • Participate in agency Risk Management and Performance Quality Improvement activities
  • Perform job responsibilities with a positive attitude
  • Responsible for promoting collegiality at the workplace by working collaboratively with others
  • Maintain FSA equipment

Work Environment

Work is done primarily in the community such as at client homes, hospitals, schools, juvenile detention centers, or anywhere else the client may currently be located

During training or other job duties (such as billing, additional training, team meetings), some of those duties can be complete at home with the permission of your supervisor

  • If at the office, crisis workers share a common area. Desks and seats are shared amongst other members of the team.
  • If the shared area becomes too loud, workers are allowed to utilize therapy office space downstairs (if the space is available) or there is a library area near the common space that can be used.
  • There is also computer space downstairs near the bathrooms with two extra laptops available.

Physical Demands

Workers need to be able to spend time driving. SASS’ service area is all of Kane and Kendall County, and at times it may take the full 90 minutes to get to a location.

  • Workers may be required to stand for long periods of time such as if at a hospital and they do not have a space for you to sit while you work.
  • Other physical demands include sitting, walking and carrying your equipment.
  • Use of computers/surface pros 85% of the time.

Benefits

Eligible for flexible spending plan, Simple IRA, training budget of $250/year, flexible holiday option per policy, availability of supervision toward licensure and flexible work schedule.


Requirements

Education and Experience

The candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Social Work or another related field. Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.


How to Apply

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Type: Part-Time (10 -25 hrs per week)
Summary

The Family Support Program (FSP) is a state-funded program that provides access to intensive mental health services and supports to youth with a severe emotional disturbance. The goal of the FSP is to support eligible youth and their families by strengthening family stability, improving clinical outcomes, and promoting community-based services.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities
Clinical
  • Responsible for working with families to access FSP covered services. Providing assessment, case management and linkage to community mental health services, alternative community services, and residential treatment when it is determined to be medically necessary.
  • Available to help families with obtaining, completing and submitting the FSP application. Assisting parents in gathering information to complete the application process for the FSP program and answering questions about the process.
  • Responsible for maintaining an active caseload of FSP clients and providing direct client services that is documented as a CIS event/bill. Direct client services should be a minimum of 50% of time worked.
  • Responsible for working with families who are referred to the Specialized Family Support Program (SFSP) a 90-day program of crisis stabilization, community mental health, and assessment of services. This includes identifying behavioral health needs of youth at risk of custody of relinquishment, completing of an SFSP assessment report and to link those youth to the most appropriate clinical services.
  • Responsible for networking with collaterals on behalf of active clients, including: facilitation of Wrap-around, referral and linkage, discharge planning with in-patient psychiatric facilities, and the advocacy of a client’s rights within the education, legal, state and mental health systems.
  • Responsible for responding to emergency/crisis situations with active clients and emergency back-up for agency clients.
Supervision
  • Responsible for discussing cases with supervisor in clinical supervision (individual or group supervision) on a weekly basis.
  • Responsible for reporting to supervisor regularly about problem cases, need for special services and resource information.
Administrative
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all clinical paperwork for cases, including FSP application packets, IM-CANS( Integrated Assessment and Treatment Plan), Psychiatric Referral Forms, CIS Billing Notes, Case Closing, IM-CAT, transfer forms, and other clinical paperwork necessary or appropriate for maintaining case files.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all agency administrative documents: 1009’s, CIS Billing Notes, time sheets, expense sheets and any other administrative or agency requested reports.
  • Responsible for attending staff meetings, clinical meetings and program meetings. Responsible for attending FSP Technical Assistance Calls and SASS regional meetings.
  • Responsible for Utilization Review Meetings.
  • Responsible for serving on Agency and/or Program Committees when requested by supervisor.
Community Education/Public Relations
  • Responsible for educating the community regarding the SASS/FSP program in the service area.
  • Responsible for facilitating positive networking relationships with community service providers and/or networks as assigned by supervisor.
Training
  • Responsible for fulfilling agency requirement of training and documenting all training attended. Must maintain certification in IM-CANS.
  • Responsible for attending all mandatory agency in-service trainings’.
Special Assignments/Projects
  • Be available to help develop materials and participate in special community education projects/presentations as requested by administrative staff.
  • Pursue and maintain licensure and/or certification that are available and appropriate to educational/professional background.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Perform incidental business related travel as needed.
  • Participate in agency Risk Management and Continuous Quality Improvement activities.
  • Perform job responsibilities with a positive attitude
  • Responsible for promoting collegiality at the workplace by working collaboratively with others.
Physical and environmental considerations

The incumbent will be sitting in car for travel for several minutes every day. The incumbent is frequently expected to walk, sit, stand, bend and drive. The incumbent may also need to climb stairs on occasion. Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs. on occasion.

The work environment is mostly field based and will have varying temperatures and noise level. The incumbent can expect to work in client’s homes, schools, public libraries, community agencies, and some in office time.

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

The incumbent can expect to work in client’s homes, hospitals, community agencies, and some in office time.

Benefits

Eligible for flexible spending plan, Simple IRA, training budget of $250/year, flexible holiday option per policy, availability of supervision toward licensure and flexible work schedule.

Requirements
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

The candidate must possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work or another related field. Master’s in Psychology, Social Work or another related field preferred. Bilingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred.

How To Apply

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