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RTHP Independent Living Specialist



Employment Type: Full-Time
Summary:
The Independent Living Specialist will report to the Director of Independent Living Services and will work collaboratively with the Rapid Transition Housing Program (RHTP) Housing Specialist. It is the responsibility of the Independent Living Specialist to assist individuals in achieving independence in their chosen communities, with proper support services in place. In this position the Independent Living Specialist serves as a liaison connecting individuals to community service providers.
Duties:
  • Responsibility for the establishment and delivery of Individualized Service Plans (ISP) with a focus on person-centered planning to meet the needs of RTHP participants to live independently, including but not limited to linkages to community resources, budgeting, transportation, and health care referrals.
  • Conduct homes visits for assessment, implementation, and revisions of ISPs.
  • Work locally to establish mutual referral systems with Managed Care Organizations, Performing Provider Systems, hospitals, nursing homes, service providers, etc.
  • Collaborate with applicants and/or their Housing Specialist, Transition Specialist, Nursing Home Discharge Planner, Care Manager (CM), natural support, or advocate ensuring a support services plan is in place for program admission and transition to independent living.
  • Track and report on all activities using the statewide project database.
  • Perform other duties and attend trainings as requested by the Program Director or the Chief Executive Officer.
Skills:
  • The Job Duties are representative of the essential functions of the position.
  • The physical requirements for this position are those typically present in normal office environment conditions.
  • Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs of the program.
Qualifications:
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the position may be substituted.
  • Experience with the concepts of Independent Living, consumer control, and a strong commitment to promoting and advocating for the full integration of individuals with disabilities.
  • Experience transitioning individuals including familiarity with finding affordable, accessible, integrated housing and the development of individualized service plans.
  • Knowledge of state and local housing policies, practices, laws, and issues impacting seniors and people with disabilities strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of the State's Medicaid program and community resources which can assist people with disabilities in living independently.
  • Willingness and ability to readily respond to changing circumstances and expectations.
Language Required: None
Minimum Education: Bachelors Degree
Minimum Experience: 1-2 years
Contact Name: HR Department
Contact Email: resumes@cdrnys.org
Contact Phone: (585) 546-7510
The Center for Disability Rights strives to be a participant controlled, cross disability organization that is reflective of the community it serves. CDR values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, cultural or ethnic group membership, disability status, educational level, family status, gender, income, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. CDR will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
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