Position Summary: Family Stabilization (FS) program provide short term, intensive, home and community-based therapeutic preventive services to adolescents and their families who have sought FAP/PINS intervention to address the youth’s problematic behaviors. It is an intensive, short term (3 months) treatment model which occurs in the home, community and the office. The Family Stabilization Program utilizes four key components (family crisis intervention, family mediation/conflict resolution, safety and risk assessment and case management) to deescalate the crisis, stabilize the family, help them problem solve and restore the family to their most adaptive level of functioning. Some families may require referrals to community-based services as indicated by the needs of each family.
Responsibilities: General responsibilities for the position of FS Case Planner include, but are not limited to:
Maximum Caseload size of approximately 12 FS cases
Attend all FS trainings as required as well as all mandated ACS trainings.
Fulfill all OCFS, and ACS accountability requirements including timely completion of FASPs, Progress Notes and Plan Amendments
Contact families within 24 hours of the referral in order to schedule initial intake appointment
Schedule and meet with families for initial intake appointment within five (5) calendar days of referral
Maintain an average of 3 case work contacts per month per family as specified by the model.
Meet with all families and all children every month.
Be available by phone 24/7 or on weekends as needed to respond to client crises.
Weekend coverage is required for sessions as needed, to accommodate client availability
Conduct home assessment as well as assessment of financial resources for families
Assist families with concrete needs and services, educational advocacy and referrals to support services to alleviate barriers to their participation in treatment.
Assist with concrete case management tasks, e.g. rent arrears, utility shut off, furniture assistance
Monitor school attendance, obtain school records and intervene with DOE when appropriate
Research and identify appropriate community based services to support families, e.g. mental health programs, DV programs, pro-social activities for adolescents etc.
Make referrals to community based organizations/agencies as needed
Accept other tasks as assigned
Bachelor’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in Social Work required.
Two years of related experience working with adolescent and/or families preferably in a child welfare, juvenile justice or mental health settings.
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
Good organizational skills with ability to meet deadlines.
Ability and willingness to work with families and teens in the home, school and other appropriate settings in the community.
Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends as needed.
Ability to work independently, as well as contribute to a team.
Strong clinical skills and ability to work under pressure with high risk, crisis oriented cases
Very good interpersonal/communication skills, including ability to write well and meet copious amount of documentation in a timely manner.