Center for Disability Rights Transition Specialist-part-time in Rochester, New York

Location: Rochester, NY Title: Transition Specialist-part-time.
Job Summary:

With general supervision, provide advocacy, short-term counseling, support, linkage, & coordination of services for individuals transitioning out of facilities to the community. Conduct intake assessments, social work evaluations, and develop 90 day initial individual service plans to prepare for long-term services. Participate in team meetings with participants & their proposed service providers, & advocate for their rights and implementation of needed & desired services.

The main goal is to assist the participants in maintaining&obtaining services that will assist them to live in the most integrated setting possible, within the community.

Job Duties:
As a representative of CDR, be committed in all that you do to support, perpetuate, & model the CDR Mission.
Provide potential participants with HCBS options.
Build & maintain knowledge of HCBS in your region.
Participate in discharge planning.
Coordinate with RRDC's, OPWDD State Operations Office & Regional Office's Front Door, & MLTC/MCO's.
Assess & develop person-centered transition service plans, which may include securing qualified housing the participant.
Coordinate home & community services during transition period.
Ensure continuation of service after the transition period.
Maintain files that are current & in compliance with the CDRs standards & State DOH regulations.
Meet all documentation timeline & maintain quality of services.
Participate in trainings at the discretion of the Supervisor & strives for professional development & to increase their knowledge base related to participant population.
Review program updates as administered, & implement all changes, regulatory & otherwise.
Link the participants with an appropriate service provider who can assist them in implementing the appropriate portion of their service plan.
Assist the participant in securing a community housing that meets their individual welfare & safety needs.
Review the outcomes of the participant's service plan & advocate for the needs & changes in the services as necessary in combination with the participants needs & desired outcomes.
Attend appointments & meetings as necessary.
Other duties as assigned or required.
Qualifications:

A degree in one of the following areas: Occupational Therapist, Registered Physical Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Registered Nurse, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, MSW, Master of Psychology. Accompanied by a Minimum of (1) year experience providing service coordination for individuals with disabilities & knowledge about community resources; A Bachelor's Degree in a human service related field & (2) years of experience providing service coordination to individuals with disabilities, & knowledge about community resources; A BA/BS Degree & specific experience related to transitioning individuals from nursing facilities to community living.

Possess a basic knowledge & understanding of public welfare, SS benefits & entitlements. General knowledge & understanding of developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, & mental illness. Have knowledge & understanding of the challenges facing individuals who have developmental & cognitive disabilities, & choose to live independently with in the region. Understanding of Independent Living philosophy. Basic knowledge of the ADA, & a desire to learn more about the public laws that uphold the civil rights of disabled individuals. Knowledge of community services available to the citizens in the region.

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:
The Job Duties are representative of the essential functions of the position. The physical requirements for this position are those typically present in normal office environment conditions. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden & unpredictable needs. Reliable transportation is necessary as there may be local day business travel required of this position.