The responsibilities of the Residential Caseworker are to plan, organize and implement an independent living skills program based upon the individualized needs of assigned residents. Individualized planning is aimed at enhancing self-determination and self-sufficiency in an independent living situation. The Residential Caseworker provides on-duty coverage and on-call overnight coverage as needed. This staff person practices recovery principles and Community Support Program principles in his/her work with residents.
This Caseworker position will have a small caseload in Maximum CRR & Supported Housing residents. This will fluctuate with needs of residents, the program and staffing.
Hours: Full-time (4-10 hour shifts per week with once monthly weekend rotation)
Essential Job Responsibilities
- In partnership with residents, completes specific psychosocial evaluations, develops and reviews individualized rehabilitation plans for all assigned residents to include specific behavioral objectives; oversees implementation of rehab plans. For Supported Housing partners with residents to assess needs from a strengths based perspective and supports residents in meeting those needs.
- Partner with residents to teach independent living skills such as cooking, menu planning, money management, cleaning, laundry, personal hygiene, etc. This includes assisting with group home menu planning, group home shopping, and food preparation as needed.
- Coach and/or supervise residents in completing daily activities according to individual need including linking to community transportation resources or if unavailable, providing transportation for necessary activities as needed and according to transportation policy.
- Insure that residents’ needs for services are met by supporting them in coordinating and arranging for the provision of services such as psychotherapy, medical care and Social Security benefits from Penn Foundation and other providers.
- Provide recovery oriented counseling as evidenced by utilization of active listening skills and other motivational enhancement techniques to engage with assigned residents/alumni and facilitate change and growth.
- The Residential Caseworker supports each assigned resident in ensuring that their psychiatric and medical medications are available to them and partners with them in learning how to independently obtain and take their medications. The assigned Caseworker has the primary responsibility for allowing residents more independence with their medications.
- Provide crisis intervention as needed for residents and alumni according to his/her particular schedule.
- Develop curricula/activities for individual or group participation with residents and/or alumni designed to meet behavioral objectives, facilitate growth toward independence, and promote recovery and community integration.
- Insure cleanliness of group home and assists with maintaining cleanliness of townhomes.
- Insure that any safety problems are corrected or reported to Residential Coordinator or Director for correction. Conduct fire drills on a regularly scheduled basis, as assigned. Also, works with Residential Coordinator or Director in resolving all physical plant or furnishing problems.
- Obtain rent and food charge payments from residents in conjunction with the Residential Coordinator or Director and other staff.
- Bachelor Degree in human services field. It is preferred that the employee also have one year of experience in a human services agency working with persons with mental illness, substance abuse issues, developmental disabilities, or age related issues.
- Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s license required.
- A Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance and a FBI Criminal History Background Check.
Penn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer