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A Life Skills Instructor (LSI) provides direct care, support, and intervention to children residing in the Children’s Residential Program and assists in the provision of services in accordance with Medicaid Rule 132-Community Mental Health Services Program, the Agency Behavior Treatment Plan, and the Program Plan to promote increased role functioning of children receiving services.
Must have a high school diploma or GED certification and be at least 21 years of age. One years’ experience working with children with developmental, behavioral, and/or emotional challenges, preferred. Must be capable of transporting children and possess a current IL valid driver’s license. LSIs must demonstrate the ability to respond to the children’s needs, the needs of the home, and follow the schedules and routines set forth by the Home Manager. LSIs must possess effective verbal and written communication skills.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provides direct care, support, intervention and line of sight supervision of the children residing in the home during assigned shifts, including assisting with all daily living activities as needed.
2. Maintains awareness of children’s whereabouts at all times and participates in activities, supervising children at all times while maintaining the proper child to staff ratios.
3. Provides consistent support and intervention to children as guided by Home Managers and House Clinicians according to the children’s goals.
4. Completes Medicaid progress notes, shift logs, home logbook, MARs, and other necessary documentation daily as directed by management staff.
5. Responds to Positive Action Team (PAT) staff calls as able to provide support to colleagues in need of back up support for a child in crisis.
6. Attends team meetings, pre-shift meetings, and Department meetings as assigned.
7. Demonstrates knowledge and willingness to comply with policies and procedures which govern the daily activities of the CGH program. This includes responsibilities as a Mandated Reporter (of abuse and neglect) and maintaining awareness of safety activities in the area/reporting all incidents and safety hazards to supervisors.
8. Maintains adequate housekeeping standards, performs housekeeping duties as directed by management staff, and reports maintenance problems to management staff.
9. Demonstrates an understanding of and follows Little City policy and procedures, including maintaining awareness of safety activities in the area and immediately reporting all accidents and safety hazards to supervisors.
10. Exhibits financial accountability by turning in receipts, documenting mileage from outings, and respecting/taking care of Little City property and clients’ personal items.
11. Cooperates with reassignment to other homes for emergency staffing solutions such as ratio not met, qualifications and experience needed in other homes, and response to crisis situation.
12. Successfully completes Little City Foundation required training, re-training, and any additional training as required by Little City Foundation policies and practices, or as assigned by his or her immediate supervisor.
13. Responsible for any other duties as assigned by management staff.
This position is part of the collective bargaining unit. Management has the right to schedule work hours and determine the work to be performed. Supervisors must have the flexibility to adjust to changes in scheduling, (including hours, the total number of work hours and work assignments) brought on by program needs.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to sitting, walking, and standing for prolonged periods; frequently grasps, lifts, holds, or feels objects; occasionally stoops, kneels, crouches, or crawls. The employee frequently is required to use manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination when working with persons served and handling office, medical, or household equipment. The employee is subject to assist and lift up to 50 pounds with varying amounts of assistance on a reoccurring basis. The employee is required to have corrected vision and hearing within normal range and the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must have the ability to perform CPR and CPI. Occupational exposure to blood, body fluids, infectious substances, including communicable diseases when performing personal care (Category III). Occasional exposure to cleaning agents and disinfectants environment with a noise level of normal to loud. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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