The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is a community-based not-for-profit committed to recovery-focused mental health services through advocacy, community education and direct services. We are recognized as the leader in Westchester in providing person-centered services that involve collaborating with each individual to achieve his or her goals.
MHA facilitates recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, and shared decision-making and collaborative work. Our highly trained staff utilize evidence-based practices throughout our comprehensive array of trauma-informed and recovery-oriented services.
Through our robust services, as well as our advocacy programs and community events, MHA is able to meet the needs of thousands of men, women, children and families each year, helping them live independent lives in the community.
Join our Team! We have an exciting new opportunity for a Per Diem Respite Worker in our Children’s HCBS Program in Tarrytown, NY office.
SUMMARY of DUTIES
Our Home and Community Based Services Program provides community-based services for children under the age of 21 who have behavioral health issues that have led to psychiatric hospitalization or have put the child at risk for an out-of-home placement. Respite provides short-term assistance to children/youth in the absence of, or need for, relief for the child or the child’s family caregiver. Respite workers supervise the child/youth and engage them in activities that support his/her constructive interests and abilities.
SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Respond to referrals from care managers, and collaborate with the youth and their family to determine how to best work together toward goals previously identified in the youth’s plan of care.
2. Provide planned short-term relief for the child or family/primary caregivers to enhance the family/primary caregiver’s ability to support the child/youth’s functional, developmental, behavioral health, and/or health care needs.
3. Offer services with a level of expertise in understanding and implementing behavioral/developmental interventions required to support optimal functioning for children/youth.
4. Engage in regular communication with the child’s care manager, to ensure continuity of care.
5. Document client progress and maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.
6. Practice with a person-centered, trauma informed philosophy in alignment with the values of MHA.
7. Other designated or related duties.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS
1. Knowledge of the signs of psychiatric crises and de-escalation techniques.
2. Highly organized and self-motivated.
3. Familiarity with and ability to use an Electronic Health Record system.
1. The Respite Worker must have a minimum of a high school diploma, high school equivalency preferred or a State Education Commencement Credential (e.g. SACC or CDOS).
2. Experience working with children/youth (preference given to those with experience working with children/youth with special needs).
3. Basic Computer knowledge is required.
4. Must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
5. Must have a valid Driver’s License and a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier.
6. Must maintain current New York State Defensive Driving certification.
7. The Respite Worker must be cleared NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
8. The Respite Worker must be cleared by the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Staff Exclusion List (SEL) and the New York State Medicaid Exclusion List.
9. The Respite Worker must be cleared by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
10. The Respite Worker must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
MHA of Westchester is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion and values the ways in which we are different. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by the applicable law.
To apply, please send your cover letter and résumé by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Respite-Children’s" as the subject line of the e-mail. Thank you.