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YOUTH CARE JOB DESCRIPTION


Nature Of Work
Direct service work dealing with potentially dangerous psychologically, emotionally, and dually diagnosed children with mental illnesses.

Work involves responsibility for processing intakes and discharges; monitoring and documenting client behaviors and activities; participating and assisting with educational, social and recreational activities; providing a safe and therapeutic environment; interacting in a warm compassionate manner; de-escalating, and restraining clients when necessary; promoting client achievement of treatment plan goals and objectives. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Essential Functions Of Work
Responsible for monitoring the behavior and activities of each client; reports any concerns regarding the health, safety, or well being of a client to the appropriate authority. Serves as a positive role model; utilizes approved behavior modification techniques to help clients learn desirable behaviors; provides positive reinforcement and support to clients. Conducts and participates in basic life skills activities. Provides clients with training or assistance with basic daily living skills such as: bathing, shaving, grooming etc; uses token/point system to reward positive behavior. Assists in the planning and implementation of individual treatment plan; supports client goals; encourages and assists clients in achieving their goals.

Processes admissions and discharges for voluntary and/or involuntary clients; orients the client to the facility; explains rules, policies and procedures.

Completes required program documentation. Completes reports as required; daily, weekly, monthly etc. Documents service activity notes daily on clients' activities, behavior patterns, and changes in behavior patterns, medications. Reviews and documents in shift report logs, shift logs, companion files etc. Obtains required program information; inventories client valuables.

Assists nurse with administering medications; takes vitals; counts control substance medications; supervises self-administered medications. Conducts security/safety checks; monitors visitors/clients for contraband such as knives, razors, belts; conducts searches; removes dangerous items; performs and/or assists with restraints. Collects urine specimens; delivers to laboratory if required; utilizes infection control procedures when necessary. May shop for supplies/clothing for clients; assists with the preparation and dispensing of snacks and meals.

Participates in meetings as required; converses with staff on client's progress or lack of progress. Performs general office duties; answers telephones; communicates with the public, police, DCF, DJJ, hospitals etc; links clients to needed services; makes doctor appointments; files, types, copies; receives food shipments; order supplies etc. Performs general cleaning responsibilities such as laundry, mopping, garbage removal etc.

Attends training /in-services as required.

Controls verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and performs aggression control techniques; assists with restraints when necessary. Communicates effectively with suicidal, mentally, emotionally, and/or psychologically disturbed clients in person and over the telephone to diffuse potentially life-threatening situations. Transports clients to other agencies, hospitals, homes, community activities, AA meetings etc.

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