Employment Type: Full-Time
California MENTOR, a partner of The MENTOR Network provides services for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other complex challenges, including autism spectrum disorders.
Parent Partner - Temporary
Everybody needs a job but only extraordinary people work here. Do you have experience working in the mental health field as well as personal experience as a parent or guardian of a child who's been involved in the care system? Bring your commitment and empathy to a team-based workplace that puts people first. As a Parent Partner, you will help the company achieve its goal of providing quality service by building supportive relationships with parents and caregivers.
* Provides guidance to parents/caregivers who have children being served through the system. Utilizes personal prior experience of having a child in the system to relate to parents/caregivers and help foster a relationship of trust and support between parents/caregivers and the treatment team.
* Provides advocacy and liaison services between the clinician, treatment staff, , community agencies, services, families and child(ren) to ensure families are properly supported through the process of having children involved with the system of care, probation or mental health systems, and utilizing any of the Network's services.
* Facilitates an alliance between the families and the Network.
* Participates as a full and active member of the child and family team.
* Document work as it pertains to record keeping and state-specific requirements.
* Assists the family in bringing up and discussing difficult issues at child and family team meetings.
* Facilitates linking clients with appropriate community services; follows-up, consults and collaborates with community agencies to ensure clients receive appropriate services.
* Leads/Co-leads parent groups (support or educational) for current and discharged families.
* Participates in trainings for treatment staff and families.
* Attends and participates in treatment planning meetings, court review hearings, team decision-making, IEP and other meetings to provide support and information to the teams and the families.
* Reaches out to families in order to best meet the needs of clients including visiting families' homes and initiating contacts with families as soon as a client is placed; provides information and follows up on questions to allay families' concerns and provide support; provides support and encouraging feedback to families reconnecting to their community; links clients and caretakers to community services as appropriate and helps them make and keep appointments with those services.
* Contributes to individual and group counseling providing education, consultation and other needed services.
* Performs additional duties and activities as required.
* High school diploma or equivalent required.
* Prior personal experience as a parent or legal guardian of a child who has been involved with the system (DCFS, probation, Regional Center, Dept. of Mental Health or the like) required.
* Probation and/or DCFS case must be closed for a minimum of one year.
* Two years of experience in a mental health setting strongly preferred.
* Current driver's license, car registration, and auto insurance.
* Successful clearance of local and/or state background checks.
Why Join Us?
* Full compensation/benefits package for employees working 30+ hours/week.
* 401(k) with company match.
* Paid time off and holiday pay.
* Complex work adding value to the organization's mission alongside a great team of co-workers.
* Enjoy job security with nationwide career development and advancement opportunities.
We have meaningful work for you - come join our team - Apply Today!
The MENTOR Network is a national network of local health and human services providers offering an array of quality, community-based services. At The MENTOR Network, our core values-Integrity, Respect, Inclusion & Growth-and the behaviors that define them, guide how we interact with each other and how we approach our work. As an organization of people serving people in nearly 40 states, you'll have opportunities from coast to coast.
Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets