BRONX INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES (BILS) is a community based non profit organization that offers education, counseling and advocacy for people with all types of disabilities. BILS works to increase the opportunities for people with disabilities in mainstream society.
Full Time Transition Specialist (2)
Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to empower all people with disabilities to understand and exercise their civil and human rights in order to live fully integrated lives in mainstream society. BILS assists individuals by providing them the necessary tools to make informed decisions about their own lives through access to education, skills development, and access to the appropriate resources. On a systemic level, BILS is committed to facilitating social, economic, and civic change by advocating for the removal of architectural, communication, and attitudinal barriers that have limited the disabled community for far too long.
BILS is seeking to hire two Transition Specialists for a statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Transition Specialist will facilitate and coordinate for individuals residing in institutions, such as Nursing Homes, Hospitals &/or Intermediate Care Facilities, with a comprehensive plan to transition back to living in the community.
Reports to: Transition Coordinator and BILS Executive Team
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Receive referrals from the Transition Coordinator and ensure the transition process is followed through for each consumer
- Provide information, linkage & referrals for individuals and families who are considering, or are in the process of, transitioning back into their community of choice
- Coordinate visits to institutions, provide potential participants with unbiased information regarding available home and community based services, participate in discharge planning, and coordinate with other relevant social service agencies involved in the discharge and transition care of the consumer
- Explain peer mentor program to potential participants and if appropriate provide referral to peer mentor program
- Develop and facilitate person centered plans, secure qualified housing, coordinate home and community services during the transition period, and subsequently ensure continuation of services
- Collaborate with the Transition Coordinator to determine barriers to transition;
- Consult with Transition Coordinator to assist in addressing transition barriers related to medical condition or counseling need
- Ensures all significant client data and service provision details are current and accurate, and that they are documented in a timely manner into database
- Attends agency’s in-service trainings, staff meetings as well as any trainings from Open Doors/MFP
- Perform other program-related duties as assigned
Education and/or experience required:
- A degree in Human Services or related field preferred;
- Relevant experience with: governmental agencies; community based long term care projects; non-for profit human service programs
- Preferred candidates should have a working knowledge of issues faced by persons of all ages who are in need of long-term care services, particularly with those related to nursing home transition, and a deep commitment to person-centered planning and consumer choice
- Having basic knowledge of Medicaid eligibility and coverage is a plus
- Experience with NHTD, TBI and/or OPWDD waivers preferred
Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:
- Possess excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
- Ability to actively listen and, when appropriate, counsel throughout the transition process
- Knowledge of community, government/benefits resources that facilitate transition from institutional to community living
- Individual must have time management skills to maintain individual/community outreaches, caseload, documentation and administrative requirements
- Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team
- Must be computer literate on basic Microsoft Office and Internet search use;
- Experience counseling individuals with disabilities preferred
- Respectful and comfortable with persons from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
- Bilingual a plus
Salary: $34,000 with full benefits package available
BILS is an equal opportunity employer with an emphasis on outreach to people with disabilities. We actively recruit and hire qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state laws and practices.
How to apply: Please submit resumes via email to Soji Adu-Deputy Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
OHS Housing Specialist – Role & Responsibilities
Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) is seeking a Housing Specialist for a new statewide pilot program to provide housing subsidies to individuals transitioning or diverting from institutional settings to the community. The Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) program is a project of the New York Association on Independent Living funded by the NYS Department of Health.
- Identify housing opportunities for individuals who are in need of housing in order to leave a nursing home, as well as for those who have unstable housing after leaving a nursing home.
- Assist eligible Olmstead Housing Subsidy participants through all steps necessary for enrollment, including: filling out housing applications, obtaining household goods and/or support for moving expenses, arranging unit inspections, etc.
- Work with applicants and/or his/her Transition Specialist, Service Coordinator (SC), Nursing Home Discharge Planner, Care Manager (CM), natural support, or advocate in order to ensure that a support services plan is in place for program enrollment.
- Conduct follow-up after subsidy is initiated including but not limited to verifying occupancy of unit and continued eligibility for program.
- Work to identify landlords, public housing, and private housing in the region which may be suitable for individuals enrolled in the OHS program in the future.
- Maintain a list of available housing in the region, including degree of accessibility, location, proximity to services, and rental costs.
- Track and report on all activities using the statewide project database.
- Professional experience in housing, community organizing, Independent Living, long term care, and/or disability rights strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of state and local housing policies, practices, laws and issues impacting seniors and people with disabilities preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Excellent organizational and computer skills; energetic self-starter; ability to travel in NYC and possibly nearby regions.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the position may be substituted.
- Personal experience with disability a plus.
Salary: 34,000 per year (full time position) and full benefits package available
PLEASE E – MAIL A COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO:
Soji Adu, Deputy Director – email@example.com – NO phone calls please