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.

FSA is a current NHSC site which provides direct service staff an opportunity to apply for The Loan Repayment Program (LRP). This program offers to repay qualified students loans of mental/behavioral health professionals. To learn more please go to nhsc.hrsa.gov.

Every FSA Staff Member is empowered to be themselves and do their best work…

"Being a bilingual psychiatric case manager has been an incredible experience that has helped me grow as a clinician. Having the opportunity to closely work with our psychiatric providers and sitting in on psychiatric evaluations and follow-up appointments has allowed me to gain a wealth of knowledge regarding psychotropic medication treatment as well as presentations for a plethora of diagnoses that include depressive disorders; anxiety disorders; bipolar spectrum disorder; eating disorders; disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders; and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Additionally, it has provided me with the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from outpatient therapists." – Miriam C. (Integrated Service Coordination)
"We see individuals and families who are at a loss as to what to do when it comes to mental health. They themselves are struggling with mental illness or someone in their family is struggling and resources are few and far to come by in the area. Waitlists range from a few months to see a therapist to a couple of years to see a psychiatrists that accepts their insurance, or they need to pay out of pocket for the services and have to choose between their mental health or their physical health. We help fill in that gap for these individuals and families to access mental health services in a matter of a couple of weeks sometimes or help provide referrals for agencies that do accept their insurance but are not well known. We help these individuals and families get back to a level of functioning they were previously at before their mental health began to negatively impact their lives." - Sarah W. (SASS Crisis)
"Working at FSA has been an amazing experience for me. The team based atmosphere at FSA has benefited me as a clinician and all of the clients we serve. As such a well-organized nonprofit, we are able to reach many communities and provide high quality services to those in need. Some days can be challenging, but knowing I make a difference keeps me going and coming back each day for more." - Stephanie O. (Family Support Program)

Family Service Association of Greater Elgin provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Further, the company takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and employees are treated during employment without regard to any of these characteristics. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated.

Family Service Association of Greater Elgin is committed to equal employment opportunity.

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Available Positions

Type: On-Call Position, Nights, Weekends, Holidays, 8-10 shifts per month (Part-Time)
Location: Community-Based
Recruiting Bonus: $200- $600

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. This position is on-call and you are required to sign up for at least 8-10 shifts per month.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES

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

  • Responsible for accepting crisis calls from the CARES line within ten minutes of the call and therein providing a crisis screening to client at location requested. As part of the assessment, the Crisis Worker must assess risk, presenting problem, social history, self-care habits, and family system. Intake forms must also be completed
  • 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, including: referral and linkage, facilitation of level of care determined, and the advocacy of a client’s rights within the education, legal, state and mental health systems when indicated. This includes responsibility for coordinating services with our own sub-contracted agencies
  • Must attend monthly group supervision and 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 active clients and crisis clients
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all agency administrative paperwork, including: billing slips, 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 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
  • Fulfill agency requirement of training and documenting all training attended and must attend all mandatory agency in-service trainings
  • 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 is available and appropriate to educational/professional background
  • 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
  • Maintain FSA equipment

OTHER DUTIES

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


TRAVEL

This positions require extensive travel throughout the Kane and Kendall County areas and occasionally to areas outside of that.


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) strongly preferred.


How To Apply

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Type: Full-Time (37.5 hours)
Location: Community-Based
Recruiting Bonus: $1,500- 2,500

Summary

Crisis Specialists perform crisis intervention, crisis assessments and case management services for any individual who is experiencing a mental health crisis as part of the Crisis Care System. The position will assist designated co-response agency/department with mental health related calls to link individuals and families to necessary services in efforts to link clients to the most appropriate services in the least restrictive environment. This position will provide crisis co-response, coordination, mentorship/education, service advocacy in crisis incidents. This position will provide some coverage during weekdays, weekends, overnight, and holiday shifts.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES

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


Clinical Responsibilities
  • Responsible for accepting crisis calls from the 988 Crisis Cares System line and from assigned co-responding agency/department therein providing a crisis screening to client at location requested.
  • Responsible for providing Mobile Crisis Response, Crisis Intervention, Case Management, and other Rule 140 services.
  • Responsible for completing accurate and clinically sound assessments to assess for risk, presenting problem, medical history, social history, self-care habits, family system and other related areas to be able to form a recommended disposition with level of care and safety planning.
  • Responsible for identifying and assisting in overcoming barriers to on-going care that will assist the individual with managing symptoms.
  • Must complete any necessary agency documentation to include intake forms and releases of information for individuals seen through the Crisis Care System.
  • Responsible for coordinating with assigned agency/department regarding individuals needing follow up services.
  • Responsible for networking with collaterals on behalf of crisis/active clients, including: referral and linkage, facilitation of level of care determined, and the advocacy of a client’s rights within the education, legal, state and mental health systems when indicated.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all clinical paperwork for active clients and crisis clients in compliance with Rule 132 and Rule 140.
  • Fulfill agency requirement of training and documenting all training attended and must attend all mandatory agency in-service trainings
  • Responsible for participating in Utilization Review meetings.

Supervision
  • Responsible for discussing cases with supervisor in clinical supervision.
  • Responsible for reporting to supervisor on an on-going basis potentially problematic situations/cases, and emergency or crisis situations.
  • Must attend monthly group supervision and responsible for discussing cases with supervisor in clinical, individual and/or group supervision as need arises

Administrative
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all clinical paperwork for cases, including: Direct Service Notes, Case Closings, IM+CAT, involuntary petitions, Universal Screening Assessment, safety planning, and other clinical paperwork necessary or appropriate for maintaining case files according to agency policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all tracking reports and performance measures.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all agency administrative paperwork including time sheets, expense forms, insurance documentation, etc.
  • Responsible for attending staff meetings, clinical staff meetings and program meetings.
  • Responsible for serving on agency and/or program committees when requested by supervisor.
  • Maintain FSA equipment.

Community Education/Public Relations
  • Responsible for educating the community regarding the Cares Crisis System and 988 in the service area.
  • Responsible for facilitating positive networking relationships with community service providers and/or networks as assigned by supervisor.
  • Responsible for working as a team with assigned location and following procedures and protocols of host environment.

Other Duties/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.
  • Participate in projects or other duties as assigned by supervisor.

COMPETENCIES
  1. Communication.
  2. Consultation.
  3. Business Acumen.
  4. Critical Evaluation.
  5. Global & Cultural Awareness.
  6. Relationship Management.
  7. Ethical Practice.
  8. Performance Management
  9. Strong Clinical Judgement.

OTHER DUTIES

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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.


TRAVEL

This position requires extensive travel in Kane and Kendall County and occasionally to areas outside of that.


BENEFITS

Medical, Dental, Life, Simple IRA (agency matches up to 3% of annual salary), Flexible Spending; Mileage reimbursement for approved travel based on Expense Reimbursement Policy; Eligible for PTO and paid holidays per policy.

Requirements
Education And Experience

Must have Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or similar field, Master’s preferred. Must be flexible, independent and able to multi-task effectively. Preferred experience in working with individuals with mental health issues and mental health crisis intervention. Preferred to be bilingual in Spanish speaking but not required.


How To Apply

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Type: Full-Time (37.5 hours)
Location: Community-Based
Recruiting Bonus: $1,500- 2,500

Summary

The Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) shall provide recovery-oriented, person-centered, and trauma informed crisis services; serve as an advocate; provide information and support for individuals in an emergency setting. The CRSS will possess the skills to maintain a high level of professionalism, ethics and positive interactions. The CRSS will work in tandem with the Crisis Cares Mobile Crisis Responders in responding to crisis situations in the community, provide case management, and make appropriate referrals and linkage to clients within 90 days of initial assessment. Obtain CRSS certification within one year of employment.


Essential Duties And Responsibilities

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

  • Respond to crisis calls for designated areas and at scheduled times in tandem with a Mobile Crisis Responder for the purpose of providing peer support, information, and advocacy as appropriate.
  • Provide case management and linkage to services for clients in the Crisis Cares program. Work collaboratively as a team member that includes individuals, families, children, agency staff, and other providers in the community. Provide education, support, and mentoring to individuals and families receiving services in the Crisis Cares program.
  • Assist and empower clients of the agency to make informed decisions about all aspects of treatment.
  • Responsible for providing direct service to clients and families at a minimum 50% that is documented in CIS (client database system) as an event note/bill.
  • Consult with therapist/crisis workers regularly regarding shared clients.
  • Assist in maintaining resource directory for the geographical area serviced by the Crisis Cares provider.

Supervision
  • Responsible for attending Team Meeting once a month.
  • Responsible for discussing cases with supervisor in clinical, individual and/or group supervision.
  • Responsible for reporting to supervisor on an on-going basis potentially problematic situations/cases, and emergency or crisis situations.

Administrative
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all clinical paperwork for active clients and crisis clients.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all agency administrative paperwork, including: CIS billing notes, time sheets, expense sheets and any other administrative or agency requested reports.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for clinical paperwork necessary or appropriate for maintaining case files.
  • Responsible for attending meetings as requested by Supervisor.
  • Responsible for serving on Agency and/or Program Committees when requested by supervisor.

Community Education/Public Relations
  • Educate community regarding the needs of parents and families of children with a mental illness.
  • Educate agency staff and other providers regarding the needs of parents and families of children with a mental illness.
  • Responsible for facilitating positive networking relationships with community service providers and/or networks as assigned by supervisor.

Other Duties/Special Assignments/Projects
  • Be available to help develop materials and participate in special community education projects/presentations as requested by administrative staff.
  • 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.
  • Participate in projects or other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Responsible for any equipment assigned to be kept free from damage or loss. Any damage or loss of equipment needs to immediately be reported to Supervisor.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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.

  • 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.
  • 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. Crisis workers do begin their day in the office for their scheduled day-time shifts.
  • 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.

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.


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position, 37.5 hours per week.


Travel

This positions require extensive travel throughout the Kane and Kendall County areas and occasionally to areas outside of that.

Benefits

Eligible for Medical, Dental, Life, Simple IRA, Flexible Spending, PTO and Holidays, flexible scheduling and access to an annual training budget of $250.

Requirement

Education And Experience

High School Diploma/GED or Higher Education. Reliable personal transportation, valid Illinois driver's license, and satisfactory driving history along with documentation verifying current automobile insurance. Must be flexible, able to respond to crisis calls within designated time frames, and able to travel and work weekend and evening hours as needed.

Lived experience as a consumer of mental health. Related professional experience working in human service program and with people of diverse backgrounds. Ability to recognize trauma symptoms and support healing and recovery for youth exposed to trauma. Knowledge of childhood trauma and/or experience working with youth that have been exposed to trauma. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong negotiation and mediation skills. Ability to solve practical mathematical problems. Must obtain CRSS certification within one year of employment.


How To Apply

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Type: Full-Time (37.5 hours)
Location: Community-Based
Recruiting Bonus: $1,500- 2,000

Summary

Responsible for maintaining an active caseload and providing a minimum of 75 hours of direct service to clients and their families on a monthly basis. SASS follow up services will be intensive, short-term, family and home/community based services. SASS therapist/case managers are expected to comply with SASS Standards and Best Practices.


Essential Duties And Responsibilities

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


Clinical
  • 75 hour per month of direct service expectation (910 hours per year)
  • Responsible for maintaining an active caseload and providing a minimum of 75 hours of direct service to clients and their families on a monthly basis. SASS follow up services will be intensive, short-term, family and home/community based services. SASS therapist/case managers are expected to comply with SASS Standards and Best Practices.
  • Responsible for networking with collaterals on behalf of active clients, including: 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. This includes responsibility for coordinating services with or own sub-contracted agencies.
  • Responsible for emergency assessments/intake for SASS on an as needed basis or as assigned by supervisor.
  • Responsible for responding to emergency/crisis situations with active clients and emergency back-up for SASS Assessments.

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: Integrative Assessments and Treatment Plans(IM+CANS), Psychiatric Referral Forms, CIS Billing Notes, Case Closing, Illinois Medicaid Crisis Assessment Tool(IM-CAT), SASS transfer forms, and other clinical paperwork necessary or appropriate for maintaining case files.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all agency administrative paperwork, including: 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 participating in 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 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 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.
  • Responsible for completing necessary annual trainings that include recertification in the IM+CANS.

Other Duties/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.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Physical and Environmental Considerations

The incumbent will be sitting in car for travel for several minutes every day. 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, hospitals, community agencies, and some in office time.


Travel

This positions requires extensive travel through northern Kane County.


Benefits

Medical, Dental, Life, Simple IRA (agency matches up to 3% of annual salary), Flexible Spending; Mileage reimbursement for approved travel based on Expense Reimbursement Policy; Eligible for PTO and paid holidays and need to be used based on policy.


Requirement

Education And Experience

Must have Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or similar field. Must have some leadership experience with increasing responsibilities. Must be flexible, independent and able to multi-task effectively. Preferred experience in working with youth with mental health issues. Bilingual in Spanish is highly preferred.


How To Apply

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Field-Based

Summary

The Engagement Specialist (Certified Recovery Support Specialist) shall provide recovery-oriented, person-centered, and trauma informed services; serve as an advocate; provide information and support for individuals in school and community setting. The CRSS will possess the skills to maintain a high level of professionalism, ethics and positive interactions. The CRSS will work in tandem with the Family Linkage Specialists in responding to situations in the community, provide case management, and make appropriate referrals and linkage to clients.


Essential Duties And Responsibilities

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

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


  • Responsible for obtaining Obtain CRSS certification within one year of employment.
  • Provide services in tandem with Family Linkage Specialist for the purpose of providing peer support, information, and advocacy as appropriate.
  • Responsible for meeting clients in their preferred location to include home, school, community, or office.
  • Provide direct service to include case management, case consultation, community support, and crisis management.
  • Provide education, support, and mentoring to individuals and families receiving services in the SBMH Program.
  • Work collaboratively as a team member that includes individuals, families, children, agency staff, and other providers in the community.
  • Assist and empower clients of the agency to make informed decisions about all aspects of treatment.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled consultations regarding shared clients with SBMH Therapist, Family Linkage Specialist, and D300 staff to include Family School Liaisons (FSL).
  • Prepare clients for transition to services and participate in case transition meetings.

Supervision

  • Responsible for reporting to supervisor on an on-going basis potentially problematic situations/cases, and emergency or crisis situations.
  • Schedule and attend regular supervision with The Director of School Based Mental Health to discuss cases and report problem cases, need for special services and resource information.
  • Attend group supervision as scheduled and participate in Performance Quality Improvement Goals.
  • Must fulfil agency required training and attend in-service trainings assigned by supervisor.

Administrative

  • Communicate with the client’s primary clinician/team at least bi-weekly.
  • Submit reimbursement paperwork for travel expenses on a monthly basis.
  • Complete all other clinical paperwork for cases as needed. This may include Incident Reports when necessary, DCFS reports, and any requested agency reports as well as any other paperwork clinically necessary for maintaining files.
  • Stay current on Medicaid Rule 132 and Rule 140.
  • Must maintain 100,000/300,000/50,000 automobile insurance. Provide documentation that said insurance is current at the required level when requested by the agency.

Community Education/Public Relations

  • Educate community regarding the needs of parents and families of children with a mental illness.
  • Educate agency staff and other providers regarding the needs of parents and families of children with a mental illness.
  • Responsible for facilitating positive networking relationships with community service providers and/or networks as assigned by supervisor.

Special Assignments/Projects

  • Be available to help develop materials and participate in special community education projects/presentations as requested by administrative staff.
  • 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.
  • Participate in projects or other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Responsible for any equipment assigned to be kept free from damage or loss. Any damage or loss of equipment needs to immediately be reported to Supervisor.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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.

  • 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.
  • 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. Crisis workers do begin their day in the office for their scheduled day-time shifts.
  • 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.

This position requires availability for face-to-face with clients. During the COVID19 pandemic, field-based clinicians will be provided with PPE to complete assessments in the community. As of September 2020, FSA is continuing field-based worked.


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This position is full-time, 37.5 hour work week. This position requires 2 evenings/week or 1 evening/ 1 weekend.


Travel

This positions require extensive travel throughout the Kane and McHenry County areas and occasionally to areas outside of that.


Benefits

Medical, Dental, Life, Simple IRA (agency matches up to 3% of annual salary), Flexible Spending; Mileage reimbursement for approved travel based on Expense Reimbursement Policy; Eligible for PTO and paid holidays per policy.


Requirements

Education And Experience

High School Diploma/GED or Higher Education. Reliable personal transportation, valid Illinois driver's license, and satisfactory driving history along with documentation verifying current automobile insurance. Must be flexible, able to respond to crisis calls within designated time frames, and able to travel and work weekend and evening hours as needed.
Lived experience as a consumer of mental health. Related professional experience working in human service program and with people of diverse backgrounds. Ability to recognize trauma symptoms and support healing and recovery for youth exposed to trauma. Knowledge of childhood trauma and/or experience working with youth that have been exposed to trauma. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong negotiation and mediation skills. Ability to solve practical mathematical problems. Must obtain CRSS certification within one year of employment.


Required Skills/Abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills that may include public speaking and presentations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software

How To Apply

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Field-Based

Summary

Family Linkage Specialist takes a wrap-around approach to provide holistic care and connect student and family with their treatment providers and schools. Family Linkage Specialist in collaboration with Engagement Specialist is responsible for serving disengaged and/or truant students due to mental health concerns. Family Linkage Specialist will help guide the interventions that address the barriers to school and therapy engagement.


Essential Duties And Responsibilities

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


  • The essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Provide services in tandem with Engagement Specialist for the purpose of providing peer support, information, and advocacy as appropriate.
  • Responsible for meeting clients in their preferred location to include home, school, community, or office.
  • Provide direct service to include case management, case consultation, community support, and crisis management.
  • Provide education, support, and mentoring to individuals and families receiving services in the SBMH Program.
  • Work collaboratively as a team member that includes individuals, families, children, agency staff, and other providers in the community.
  • Assist and empower clients of the agency to make informed decisions about all aspects of treatment.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled consultations regarding shared clients with SBMH Therapist, Engagement Specialist and D300 staff to include Family School Liaisons (FSL).
  • Prepare clients for transition to services and participate in case transition meetings.
  • Create and/or gather needed material for engagement with clients
  • Review client mental health records including the hospitalization and the Integrated Assessment and Treatment Plan.
  • Help facilitate referral linkage through IRIS (Kane County Provider Referral System)
  • Responsible for coordinating directly with participating D300 schools to help identify appropriate clients for program. This may include managing referrals.
  • Responsible for notifying referent and Supervisor regarding clients that have declined services and/or unresponsive to engagement attempts.

Supervision

  • Responsible for reporting to supervisor on an on-going basis potentially problematic situations/cases, and emergency or crisis situations.
  • Schedule and attend regular supervision with The Director of School Based Mental Health to discuss cases and report problem cases, need for special services and resource information.
  • Attend group supervision as scheduled and participate in Performance Quality Improvement Goals.
  • Must fulfil agency required training and attend in-service trainings assigned by supervisor.

Administrative

  • Communicate with the client’s primary clinician/team at least bi-weekly.
  • Submit reimbursement paperwork for travel expenses on a monthly basis.
  • Complete all other clinical paperwork for cases as needed. This may include Incident Reports when necessary, DCFS reports, and any requested agency reports as well as any other paperwork clinically necessary for maintaining files.
  • Stay current on Medicaid Rule 132 and Rule 140.
  • Must maintain 100,000/300,000/50,000 automobile insurance. Provide documentation that said insurance is current at the required level when requested by the agency.

Community Education/Public Relations

  • Educate community regarding the needs of parents and families of children with a mental illness.
  • Educate agency staff and other providers regarding the needs of parents and families of children with a mental illness.
  • Responsible for facilitating positive networking relationships with community service providers and/or networks as assigned by supervisor.

Special Assignments/Projects

  • Be available to help develop materials and participate in special community education projects/presentations as requested by administrative staff.
  • 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.
  • Participate in projects or other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Responsible for any equipment assigned to be kept free from damage or loss. Any damage or loss of equipment needs to immediately be reported to Supervisor.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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.

  • 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.
  • 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. Crisis workers do begin their day in the office for their scheduled day-time shifts.
  • 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.

This position requires availability for face-to-face with clients. During the COVID19 pandemic, field-based clinicians will be provided with PPE to complete assessments in the community. As of September 2020, FSA is continuing field-based work.


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This position is full-time, 37.5 hour work week. This position requires 2 evenings/week or 1 evening/ 1 weekend.


Travel

This positions require extensive travel throughout the Kane and McHenry County areas and occasionally to areas outside of that.


Benefits

Medical, Dental, Life, Simple IRA (agency matches up to 3% of annual salary), Flexible Spending; Mileage reimbursement for approved travel based on Expense Reimbursement Policy; Eligible for PTO and paid holidays per policy.


Requirements

Education And Experience

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Social Work or another related field. Must have reliable transportation as most skills are developed within the community. Afternoon, evening, and weekends are required to meet client’s needs. Must be a good team player, ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, be flexible, detailed oriented, and have a positive attitude. Must be able to pass a background check, drug screen and provide proof of vehicle insurance. Must be 21 years-old. Bilingual in Spanish preferred but not required.


Required Skills/Abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills that may include public speaking and presentations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software

How To Apply

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Type: Full-Time (37.5)
Location: Field-Based
Recruiting Bonus: $1500-$2000

Summary

Responsible for preparing and providing group therapy to D300 and meeting group deliverables for ISBE Grant.


Essential Duties And Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Complete training for evidence informed group practices
  • Responsible for developing group marketing material
  • Participate in meeting deliverables and collection of data for ISBE Grant
  • Research and develop group curriculum targeted towards identified needs from schools.
  • Facilitate mental health groups for students of D300 focused on addressing mental health concerns in a group setting.
  • Train and educate D300 staff on mental health related topics focused on improving their response to student’s struggling with mental health concerns through psychoeducational groups
  • Engage parents in learning through psychoeducational groups on various mental health topics.
  • Facilitate pre/post surveys to parent/staff psychoeducational groups
  • Identify and recruit members for various groups
  • Collaborate with team and school staff as needed for facilitation of groups
  • Identify and refer participants that may need a higher level or care
  • In the event of a crisis situation during or surrounding a group, staff will continue to provide services until the client is stable, the parent/guardian relieves the Group Specialist, or other qualified professional (SASS worker, doctor, police, etc.) relieves the worker. This may require working past the scheduled time.
  • Complete any necessary consents or documentation pertaining to group enrollment
  • Participate in community meetings as assigned
  • Coordinate available location and group space with District 300, school, and/or community partners
  • Provide case coverage as assigned by supervisor

Supervision

  • Responsible for reporting to supervisor on an on-going basis potentially problematic situations/cases, and emergency or crisis situations.
  • Schedule and attend regular supervision with The Director of School Based Mental Health to discuss cases and report problem cases, need for special services and resource information.
  • Attend group supervision as scheduled and participate in Performance Quality Improvement Goals.
  • Must fulfil agency required training and attend in-service trainings assigned by supervisor.

Administrative

  • Communicate with the client’s primary clinician/team at least bi-weekly.
  • Submit reimbursement paperwork for travel expenses on a monthly basis.
  • Complete all other clinical paperwork for cases as needed. This may include Incident Reports when necessary, DCFS reports, and any requested agency reports as well as any other paperwork clinically necessary for maintaining files.
  • Stay current on Medicaid Rule 132 and Rule 140.
  • Must maintain 100,000/300,000/50,000 automobile insurance. Provide documentation that said insurance is current at the required level when requested by the agency.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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.


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This positions if full-time, 37.5 hours per week. This position requires 2 evenings/week or 1 evening/ 1 weekend.


Travel

This positions requires extensive travel through northern Kane County and occasionally outside areas.


Requirements

Education And Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work or related field is required. Must be able to work two evenings a week. The ability to work with people from every diverse background and show cultural competency is a must. Experience working in community counseling related services and working with children and adolescents with mental health needs is desired. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.



How To Apply

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Available Internships

FSA offers internships to undergraduate and graduate students from social work, psychology, family therapy and related programs. FSA is looking for individuals who are interested in working with youth, adolescents and their families and require a six-month commitment for the duration of the internship. FSA interns must be vaccinated against COVID19.

Please check back in the Fall for our Spring Internship opportunities. Thank you for your interest!