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Join Our Team: DMH Specialist

DMH Independent Living/Supported Employment Specialist

Overall Function:
Assists individuals with Developmental Disabilities in working toward achieving greater independence with their social, leisure, recreational, employment, and/or daily living goals.

Assists the individual(s) to acquire, improve, and retain self-help, socialization, adaptive and life skills necessary at home and in the community.
Assesses clients’ vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences. With the client’s permission, provides education and support to family members. Discusses client’s preference for disclosure of psychiatric status to employers.
If engaged in the Supported Employment Program, provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment. Writes job support plans with clients and incorporating input from the mental health team. Adjusts plan according to clients’ needs and preferences.
Provides education and support to employers as agreed upon by clients, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact by the DMH Specialist with the employer.
Provides timely interventions such as returning phone calls and reacts to situations in a timely manner. Participates in meetings with the referring agency and the multi-disciplinary to discuss client’s progress or concerns.

*Assess clients’ wants and needs
*Provide help and guidance for clients who are facing different challenges
*Notice clients’ strengths and instruct them how to make the best out of their strengths
*Provide assistance and guidance to clients who need help with their everyday work activities or some new tasks
*Discover clients’ motivation and help develop their skills
*Counsel clients on fine-tuning work habits/skills to interact with people in the community
*Keep track, oversee and document clients’ progress
*Update employee records
*Create and present reports per payer source
*Uphold a positive work environment
*Make presentations to community groups in the five-county service area.
*Attend staff meetings and participate in training opportunities.
*Participate in program planning.
*Make home visits to consumers who are unable to come to the office. May involve travel in five-county area.
*Travel to conferences or workshops, both in and out of state.
*Work occasional evenings or weekend days for special events.
*Perform as a team member with other OMO staff.
*Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary and appropriate by the Program Director

*Previous working experience with persons with disabilities in an agency preferred by not required
*Experience in working with people with disabilities is a must
*Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
*Excellent organizational and time management skills
*Problem-solving aptitude
*Ability to inspire and motivate
*Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
*Ability to multitask
*Ability to work with ages children to adult

Skills / Job Knowledge
*Excellent organizational skills
*Excellent communication skills
*Ability to handle a number of job demands at once
*Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
*Ability to work independently
* Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills
*Ability to interact pleasantly, constructively and cooperatively with OMO staff, consumers and the public
*Ability to effectively listen and perform in-depth interviews with consumers
*Flexibility in dealing with job functions and schedules
*Effective public speaking skills
*Mastery of computer programs such as Microsoft Word and networking applications.

Physical Demands:
Ability to perform the following tasks if necessary:
1. Have the ability to lift moderate amount of weight (i.e., files, paper, office supplies, etc.).
2. Have the ability to bend, lift, sit and stand on a regular basis.

Working Environment:
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is primarily indoors with heating and cooling regulated in a general office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually low.

On My Own is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. On My Own will make reasonable accommodations governing all aspects of employment including job selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training for qualified individuals with known disabilities.
To apply:
Complete the application at the above link or complete the packet included here (keep that one on there) and either drop it off at 428 E Highland Ave, Nevada, MO 64772 or email it to [email protected]. Call 417-667-7007 if you have any questions.