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Vocational/Benefits Specialist - (Rehab Counselor C)

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: Hyannis
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Pocasset Mental Health Center is seeking a creative, dynamic and experienced Vocational Rehabilitation Professional to function as the Benefits Specialist on an Adult Community Clinical Service (ACCS) Integrated team and serve as a resource for all benefits and entitlements related questions and concerns. The successful candidate will assess the financial status of Persons Served to assist with accessing and securing appropriate entitlements and/or benefits as well as providing ongoing vocational supports where needed.

Please Note: The selected candidate will work 40 hours on the 1st shift from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. The days off are Sunday and Saturday.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Support Persons Served in the development of skills necessary to secure and maintain employment by utilizing coping strategies, natural supports and safety planning, when necessary.
  • Provide rehabilitative interventions to assist persons served in building and using skills and accessing resources to achieve treatment goals, manage symptoms and live productive and meaningful lives. These interventions take into account SAMHSA's 8 Dimensions of Wellness.
  • Assist in the development, understanding, & implementation of lAPs of assigned case load by involving person served and significant others as appropriate and assess the needs of assigned persons on a regular basis by reviewing records, providing supportive counseling and maintaining regular contact with persons served and families via outreach in their home or other community environments.
  • Monitor the financial status of all Persons Served and assist with accessing and securing appropriate benefits/entitlements.
  • Build relationships with and act as the ACCS liaison to local DTA, Social Security and MassHealth offices as well as refer eligible clients to MRC and clubhouse to access vocational services and supports.
  • Collaborate with integrated team and GLE to provide benefits/entitlements related feedback and information in order to facilitate communication between benefit/entitlement resources, the team and person served.
  • Asess the needs of assigned persons on a regular basis by reviewing records, providing supportive counseling and maintaining regular contact with persons served and families via outreach in their home or other community environments.
  • Transporting or arranging transportation for persons served that need that level of service.

Required Qualifications:

  • A skill for gathering information through observing and questioning individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral expression.
  • Ability to work in a team setting and in-group situations.
  • Methods and techniques to establish a support and deal tactfully with persons from varied ethnic, cultural or economic backgrounds.
  • Maintain a calm manner in stressful or emergency situations and knowledge of techniques to interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and to observe behavioral reactions and changes in usual pattern.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prefer Licensed Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and/or Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experience in working with a community-based population with severe mental illness.

For this function travel is required, therefore a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state is necessary.

About the Pocasset Mental Health Center on Cape Cod:

The Pocasset Mental Health Center provides comprehensive services to adults and children. Programs include a 16-bed acute in-patient unit, Case Management, Day Treatment Program, and Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS). The Pocasset Mental Health Center is a Joint Commission certified facility. In all we always aspire to create an environment which promotes growth and independence for patients, families, and employee alike.

Learn more about our important work: https://www.mass.gov/locations/pocasset-mental-health-center

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please contact Human Resources at (508) 977-3120.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: At least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in social work, social casework, vocational counseling, employment counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or educational counseling.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • A Bachelor's or higher degree in rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation counseling, education of the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, social work, psychology, human services, or counseling may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.
  • A Bachelor's or higher degree in a major other than rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation counseling, education of the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, social work, psychology, human services, or counseling may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience on the basis of four years of education for one year of experience.
  • A Master's or higher degree in social work, psychology, human services, rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation counseling, or counseling may be substituted for an additional year of the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.
  • Licensure as a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor by the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals or Certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification may be substituted for the required experience.
  • One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: State of Massachusetts, Nantucket , Vocational/Benefits Specialist - (Rehab Counselor C), Other , Hyannis, Massachusetts

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