- Developmental Disabilities Community Specialist
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is specialized professional community-based work supporting persons with developmental disabilities.
Serves as primary contact for a specialized functional area of expertise such as: utilization review, community living coordination, and/or family support.
Serves as a lead worker for less-experienced Developmental Disabilities Community Workers by providing information concerning administrative rules and regulations, community resources, service providers, and programs.
Participates with community providers in developing and/or modifying services to meet client needs and to upgrade the quality of services.
Implements and coordinates the utilization review process, as per state regulation, for the assigned Regional Office.
Maintains utilization review financial tracking information on a weekly basis, and provides accurate funding reports.
Maintains and updates the In-home and Residential waiting lists for the Regional Office, on a weekly basis.
Serves as a liaison with Case Managers and habilitation center staff to ensure success of transition and discharge planning.
Coordinates the referral process for residential services with other Regional Office staff, provider staff, and individuals and their families/guardians.
Provides technical assistance regarding the transition and residential placement process.
Participates in transition meetings with individuals, families/guardians, planning teams, and Regional Office case managers.
Assures the Regional Office web page is current and consistent with Department of Mental Health protocols.
Attends or coordinates participation in regional events such as health fairs, transition fairs, and local club meetings to promote awareness of developmental disabilities resources.
Assists with developing educational materials for families, individuals, Regional Office, and Targeted Case Management provider staff; ensures that information and training are accessible.
Interviews persons receiving services, their families, and other responsible individuals; collects basic data and obtains appropriate additional information from other agencies.
Exercises independent judgment and initiative in making decisions related to supports and services; receives general supervision from the Regional Director or Assistant Regional Director.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
One or more years of experience as a Developmental Disabilities Community Worker II and/or as a Case Manager II (Developmental Disabilities) with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 earned semester hours or 36 earned quarter hours in one or a combination of the following: Elementary or Secondary Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Counseling, Recreation (including specialty areas such as Art, Dance, Music, or Physical Education), Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, or other specialties in the field of human services; and,
Four or more years of professional experience as a Registered Nurse, or in social work, special education, psychology, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or a closely related area, including two or more years of experience working with persons with developmental disabilities.
(Earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required general experience at a rate of 24 earned graduate credit hours for one year of experience.)
(Additional experience as a Registered Nurse may substitute on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two years of the required education.)
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Comprehensive knowledge of various developmental disabilities, services available for clients, and corresponding providers.
Comprehensive knowledge of interviewing methods, principles, and techniques.
Intermediate knowledge of the behavioral sciences and allied disciplines involved in the evaluation, care, and support of persons with developmental disabilities.
Intermediate knowledge of statutes, administrative rules, and regulations relating to program operation, utilization review, and/or residential services.
Ability to collect and analyze information to make decisions concerning an individual's support plan.
Ability to evaluate the progress of individuals' services, and the quality of their service programs.
Ability to evaluate community resources and each assigned person's needs to make recommendations concerning the development of new programs or modifications in existing programs.
Ability to communicate effectively with persons with disabilities and their families, other division staff, and service providers.
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