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Disability/Mental Health Specialist

Metro Atlanta YMCA

This is a Full-time position in Atlanta, GA posted November 15, 2021.

Vision Developmental Dental Blood PressureJob Title/Job Code: Disability/Mental Health Specialist.

Department: Disability/Mental Health Services.

Nature and Scope:.

The Disability/Mental Health Specialist is responsible for assisting in the design and implementation of Disability/Mental Health Services activities.

The Specialist ensures compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, other applicable requirements and assists in the organization of identifying and meeting family needs.

Provides technical assistance and support to Family Services Staff Center Managers and Partner Staff..


· Assists in the development and update of the annual Disability/Mental Health Work Plans, Policies and Procedures..

· Reviews education records and lesson plans for completeness and accuracy..

· Assists in the planning and delivery of pre-service and in-service training of staff, parents and volunteers..

· Works with other program specialists to ensure that health, nutrition, mental health/disabilities and social services are incorporated into the planned classroom activities..

· Makes scheduled site visits to all head Start Program sites to monitor Disability/Mental Health Services activities including tracking and follow-up, Health/Safety and nutrition services..

· Reports program/site medical, dental, disability and behavioral concerns as appropriate..

· Monitors record keeping system to include reviewing program Disability/Mental Health files for accuracy, generating and reviewing child plus data, including the PIR and ensuring confidentiality..

· Maintain and monitor reports of all services and internal referrals/follow-up, referral packets on all children, including Health screenings, dental and physical examinations to meet the 45/90 day mandate..

· Track mandated health screenings/exams for all enrollees and schedule appointments as needed:.

Screenings (45-Day) Examinations (90-Day).

Hearing Speech Physical Growth Assessment.

· Ensure files have a completed Health History and signed parental consent forms on all enrollees..

· Enters and maintains ChildPlus Health/Mental Health Services data activities to include immunizations/screenings, examinations/treatment and follow-up results..

· Tracks Disability/Mental Health Services delivered to children at all sites.

Submits Site Visit Reports to the Health and Disability/Mental Health Specialists, Center Managers/Leaders and FSANRW’s..

· Meet with providers and parents during scheduled consultation, in the absence of the Manager..

· Assist with planning of all Health/Mental Health services activities (i.e, fairs, conferences and parent meetings)..

· Prepares and submits documentation of training provided for parents and staff to Health and Mental Health Specialists and Human Resources..

· Assist in the recruitment of community and healthcare agencies/providers for participation on Health Services Advisory Committee..

· Attends appropriate community meetings for the purpose of networking and identifying appropriate resources for Head Start children and families..

· Monitors and maintains records of inventory to insure that adequate first aid supplies, equipment and other related supplies (pull-ups are on hand at all times)..

· Prepares and submits Monthly Reports: service delivery monitoring, inventory and site visits.

NOTE: All medical/dental, disability and behavior concerns to be reported to the Disability/Mental health Manager immediately..

· Complies updated information on community resources..

· Recruits volunteers and in-kind contributions..

· Participates in the Annual Self-Assessment..

· Other duties as assigned..

Minimal Qualifications:.

· Bachelor’s degree in Health and/or Special Education, Public Health or related fields.

· Three years’ experience in a Social Services/Health/Special Education services.

· A combination of Education and Head Start work experience directly related to Social Services and/or Health Special Education will be considered..

EFFECT ON END RESULT: This position has a primary impact on the overall effectiveness of the Early Learning Education Department and the success of programs and services to the community.

The effectiveness of this position is primarily measured by the ability to build and maintain rapport and foster open positive communication with teachers, parents and staff is integral to the success of this role..

Ergonomics: Sitting, bending, stooping, standing, 15% repetitive keyboard work, seeing, verbal communications, lift up to 25 pounds.Branch: Morgan CountySupervisor: Disability/Mental Health Manager