FAMILY PARTNER
Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health and Training Center - Fremont, CA

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JOB POSTING
May 10, 2013

PORTIA BELL HUME BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND TRAINING CENTER (aka The Hume Center) has a rewarding opportunity for a qualified Family Partner under the leadership of The Hume Center’s Clinical Supervisor. One position is available in our Fremont Office. Other Office locations are in Concord and Fremont.

MISSION:
The Hume Center’s mission is to provide high quality, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive behavioral health care services and training. We strive to promote mental health, reduce disparities and psychological suffering, and strengthen communities and systems in collaboration with the people most involved in the lives we serve. We are committed to training behavioral health professionals to the highest standards of practice while working within a culture of support and mutual respect.

POSITION: FAMILY PARTNER MENTAL (FP)

PRIMARY PURPOSE:
The Family Partner is an integral member of the Early Childhood Mental Health Treatment Team,
bringing the parent’s/guardian’s perspective and the integrity of the individual family’s culture in the care and support of the child. This is accomplished both internally within the person’s primary agency and externally by representing the value of family participation and partnership in community venues. The Family Partner works in a non-judgmental and respectful manner, closely with families whose young children are receiving early childhood mental health services, while assisting the family in accessing needed services, promoting independence and advocacy skills within the family.

REPORTS TO:
The Family Partner reports to the Clinical Supervisor within their agency and maintains a strong working relationship with the Lead Family Coordinator at Early Connections/Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, receiving needed technical assistance and support.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Primary caregiver of a child with behavioral health or developmental challenges, who has
previously or is presently utilizing services (i.e.: special education, early childhood mental health, social services or Regional Center).
2. Experience in navigating at least two child serving systems preferably in Alameda County.
3. Experience working with young children and families in some capacity.
4. Willingness to work with families with complex needs whose children are exhibiting mental health/behavioral issues.
5. Preferred: Bachelors in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology.
6. If candidate has MSW degree, at least two years of experience providing case management services preferred.
7. If candidate has B.A. degree, at least four years of experience working in related field preferred.
8. High School Diploma or GED.
9. Comprehensive knowledge of Alameda County Social Services agencies strongly preferred.
10. Knowledge of Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare Services, MediCal and Medicare documentation/billing standards strongly preferred.
11. Experience working effectively with culturally, socioeconomically, and ethnically diverse
populations.
12. Strong organizational, written and communication skills.
13. Ability to work independently.
14. Ability to work some evenings and weekends when needed.
15. Possess a valid California Driver’s license. Willingness to use own vehicle and valid car insurance for work related travel.
16. Be willing to be accessible when off site/ out of the office for crisis and/or emergency situations.
17. Preferred proficiency in communication in any one or more of the following languages in addition to English: Spanish, Farsi (Pushto/Dari), Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Cantonese, Mandarin, and/or Vietnamese.
PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES:
1. Demonstrates High Professionalism
2. Strong Organizational Skills

3. Effective Interpersonal Skills
4. Ability to Maintain Confidentiality
5. Excellent verbal and written skills.
6. Detail oriented.
7. Works independently.
8. Works collaboratively with other program staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Assists families in accessing and providing linkages to needed services.
2. Schedule and attend regular appointments with clients.
3. Make contact with and include as appropriate, parents, families, caseworkers and other collateral contacts.
4. Assists family with accessing and providing linkages to needed services (i.e. SSI, SDI, Food, Housing, Transportation, and Primary Care) and all other services that will help support the family’s progress in treatment.
5. Transport clients and at times providers to appointments in the community, as needed.
6. Complete initial screening and triage clients by coordinating services with clinicians.
7. Maintain ongoing contact with client and service providers in order to monitor service delivery, client progress, and assess additional needs. .
8. Helps increase advocacy skills within families to obtain services and support.
9. Increases awareness about the importance of parent / professional partnerships.
10. Assists families in increasing their support network on behalf of the needs of their young child.
11. Assists families in their understanding of their role as their child’s first teacher and their role as their child’s secure base.
12. Participates in early childhood mental health treatment teams as an equal.
13. Completes all charting requirements.
14. Assists in the ongoing development and evaluation of the child’s treatment plan.
15. Serves as a role model and mentor for parents whose children are receiving treatment services.
16. Participates in outreach and community events.
17. Participates in related trainings and workshops.
18. Participates in data collection as required by program/contract (s).
19. Participate in Early Connections System of Care Initiative.
20. Collaborate closely with Hume therapists and psychiatrists, if applicable, in coordinating service delivery.
21. Attend weekly staff meetings, trainings, group and individual supervision.
22. Maintain client case records, and document activities as required by agency, funding source, and contract requirements.
23. Facilitate support groups.
24. Conduct Community Outreach.
25. Demonstrate understanding of alcohol and other drug addiction and recovery.

26. Demonstrate understanding of resiliency, recovery and wellness approaches.
27. Meet billable hours set by Hume Center.

OTHER:
Fulfill any additional duties specified by assigned Supervisor(s) and/or Department Head and/or the
President.

CONTACT PERSON:
Barbara Parks, Human Resource Officer


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