*****THIS POSITION SERVICES HURON & TUSCOLA COUNTIES******
I. GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under general direction, of the Parent Aide Services Supervisor, the Parent Aide Worker provides needed and appropriate intensive, concrete services to children and their families involved in the Advance Parent Education Home Based Services Program. The Parent Aide coordinates the delivery of services as required by State of Michigan Law and applicable Service Standards for the purpose of increasing the family's ability to function successfully in its community.
A.Education: Bachelors or Associates Degree in a Human Services field preferred,
High School Diploma required.
III. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works a flexible schedule (non-standard hours such as evenings and weekends), provides direct services to appropriately eligible and referred families. Explores all other funding opportunities prior to requesting specific assistance fund
V. SPECIFIC DUTIES
1) Provide the services specified in the service plan as approved by the referring worker. These services shall be provided in the familys home, or at the familys request, a location (other than the Contractors facility) mutually agreed upon by the Contractor and the family.
These services shall include instruction and information in a form suitable for the education and abilities of the client. Said services may involve modeling, demonstrations, and supervision in any of the following
areas as identified in the service plan:
a) Child Care:
1. Assist parents in identifying and remedying impediments to home safety and health of the child including, but not limited to, proper storage of household chemicals, household security and dressing children for the weather;
2. Demonstrate non-abusive child management skills that are appropriate to the age of the child;
3. Teach appropriate child care techniques to the client including:
Protection from injury in the environment;
When to seek medical advice;
Age appropriate diet;
Proper discipline techniques and parenting roles; and/or
Age appropriate attention and supervision.
4. Monitor parents in assuring children's school attendance as needed; and provide verbal support of parental efforts and advice in overcoming obstacles with school staff regarding behavior problems and special education services.
5. Assist the client, or directly arrange for tutoring of the client's children as required and as available hours permit in various school subjects such as math, science, language skills (reading, English, and writing) and any other subjects in which the children are enrolled and in which there are deficiencies.
b) Home Management:
1. Assist the client n improving housekeeping skills through demonstrations and discussion, and by helping the client clean house, do laundry, and maintain kitchen cleanliness;
2. Assist the client in improving money management skills by establishing household budgets, demonstrating efficient and cost effective shopping techniques, and establishing a method to assure that household bills are paid on time; and/or
3. Assist the client in finding and maintaining adequate housing, if needed, through review of classified ads, MDHHS resources and personal knowledge. The Contractor also shall assist the client in obtaining home maintenance and improvements as needed for home safety, sanitation and security. This may include advising the client, and, if necessary, advocating for such maintenance and improvements directly with the landlord.
1. Demonstrate and teach meal planning that provides well-balanced meals and snacks;
2. Provide the clients with menus and recipes that use basic food groups and demonstrate preparation;
3. Provide cost free publications showing nutritious food choices and show the client how and where to obtain them;
4. Take the client to the grocery store to buy groceries.
1. Act in a friendly and supportive manner to the client for the purpose of improving the level of functioning by the client and breaking down social isolation. Examples of such activity would include accompanying clients at hearings, medical appointments or other situations where a friendly presence would be of benefit to the client;
2. Provide transportation as needed, if part of the service plan;
3. Assist clients in the utilization of community resources, including public assistance, religious networks, health related services, food banks, and any other resources available to the client.
6) Provide a schedule of upcoming client contacts to the referring worker and client each month. The Contractor shall adhere to the length and frequency of client contacts as established in the approved service plan.
7) Follow up each missed appointment with the client by telephone, reminder card or personal visit. A reminder card shall be used for one missed appointment. A telephone call or personal visit shall be used for two or more missed appointments.
The Contractor shall notify the referring worker by telephone of each appointment missed by a client within three working days.
8) Participate in case consultations and conferences as required in the service plan, as requested by the MDHHS, or monthly, whichever is most frequent.
9) Advise the referring worker, or other member of the MDHHS, of any problems deemed by the Contractor to be better addressed through other community resources in order that appropriate referrals can be
made by the MDHHS.
10) Become familiar with and adhere to the laws and rules which apply to the MDHHS or which have been promulgated by the MDHHS regarding client confidentiality.
11) Report any conditions or acts which are of a current or potential danger to the children in the case to the MDHHS immediately.
12) Maintain a record of costs incurred in the provision of service for mileage.
1. Completes any/all tasks and duties as assigned by Spectrum Administrative staff.
2. Complies with all Spectrum Personnel Policies and procedures.
3. Professionally represents the agencys programs and services in the community through interagency committees and organizations and public speaking.
4. Assures that case files are stored appropriately and consistently with agency protocol.
5. Uses keys, gate cards, identification cards, beepers, office equipment and supplies: and all other assigned property appropriately: informs supervisor immediately if assigned property is lost, stolen or broken: returns all assigned property
in good repair upon termination of employment.
6. Works on assigned committees, completing special projects, and participating in Agency decision-making as needed.
The selected candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive background check including medical clearance (TB test, drug screen and physical), DHHS Central Registry clearance and MVR clearance.