Mental Health Worker/Mentor AGENCY
LOCATION: Milford, CT
At Boys & Girls Village, we understand that children and families are the cornerstones of our society. Since 1942, it has been our mission to preserve and strengthen family bonds. As a leader in services for troubled youth and their families, we continually strive to develop a seamless continuum of care. Boys & Girls Village offers an array of services for children and their families. These services range from highly structured sub-acute services on campus to intensive intervention and care in the home and the community. Our broad range of programs and services are designed to work collaboratively with families, state and local agencies, and other community providers.
PURPOSE/FUNCTION OF PROGRAM:
The residential program will provide a home-like environment with a therapeutic based milieu for JJ involved male adolescents with a rehabilitation and treatment focus. The program is designed to reduce risk and recidivism and will take the lead on assisting the adolescent, family and stakeholders with the youth’s transition plan back into the community.
The Mentor acts as a role model for and reinforces the youth’s individual needs plan. They drive youth to court, appointments and recreational trips. They are responsible for directly supervising and engaging with youth and assisting them in developing adaptive living skills. The Youth Mentor also actively supervises, monitors, and manages crisis situations.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide a safe, orderly and nurturing living experience for program youth by providing direct care, supervision, behavioral management, recreational and therapeutic programming
- May act as a Paraeducator during the school day.
- Assist clients with daily living skills as well as teach clients so that they can learn new skills.
- Ensure that goals/objectives of each youth’s individual and crisis management plan are implemented as part of the daily activities.
- Conduct therapeutic programming under the supervision of the Rehabilitation Therapist
- Complete documentation as per requirements.
- Ensure that any issues or client behaviors that are observed are discussed with Managers.
- Immediately notify Manager and/or Director regarding crisis situations, including elopements, major aggression and sexual acting out. Immediately report to supervisor anytime emergency personnel are called.
- Pat search youth upon return from Home Pass.
- Search visitor belongings and packages, the youth’s room and belongings as well as the building and perimeter.
- Fully implement all program policies and procedures.
- Provide crisis intervention utilizing individual, group and peer principles. If necessary perform emergency safety interventions (restraints) safely and effectively.
- May be mandated to stay beyond the end of shift if coverage is required.
- Adhere to the staffing schedule with the understanding that shift assignments are determined by program needs.
- Responsible for transporting clients to and from court, appointments, and recreational activities.
- Ensure that the milieu is “home like” and participate in household daily activities with youth such as cooking meals.
- If Med certified, administer medication, as scheduled by nurse and prescribed by psychiatrist.
- Complete all trainings, in house and external by due date.
- Accepts additional assignments and responsibilities as requested by supervisors.
- Associate's Degree or Relevant equivalent experience.
- Experience working with at risk or court involved adolescents.
- Ability to deal with crisis situations; implement behavior modification programs; maintain appropriate boundaries; and work as a team member.
- Must display effective communication skills in working with children, families, and other staff
- Must fulfill competency-based training requirements in TCI and Social Skills Model
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
- As essential staff, you must be able to work outside normal business hours, if needed (ie. evenings, weekends and holidays). This role is considered and classified as “essential” to the operations of the Agency
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Certified in CPR and First Aid
- Knowledge of cultural diversity and childhood development
- Experience working in congregate care settings or with juvenile justice youth.
- DCF Administration of Medication Certification
- Ability to perform TCI consistent with program policy and procedure
- Ability to climb stairs
WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT:
- Some travel may be required to take clients to appointments and school.
- Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule in order to meet program needs
COME JOIN OUR TEAM!
Boys & Girls Village takes pride in the supportive, team-oriented work environment we offer to current and prospective employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability, a retirement plan and generous vacation benefits. In addition, it is our goal to assure that the highest quality of care is provided to our clients by our competent, committed employees. To that end, we encourage professional development through our tuition reimbursement program and promote continued growth through various learning opportunities.
Boys & Girls Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We accept resumes on an ongoing basis. Due to the large volume of resumes that we receive, we kindly ask that you do not inquire via telephone about the status of your resume. You can be assured that if you do not hear from us, your resume will be held on file for future consideration.
PLEASE NOTE:Due to the Department of Children & Families regulations, we are prohibited from hiring anyone with a pending charges or convictions of assault or a violent crime; risk of injury to a minor; impairing the morals of a child; physical or sexual abuse, possession; use or sale of a controlled substance; similar crimes.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.