Part-Time Paraprofessional (Mentor)

Pay Rate: $14/hr

*Office is located in Round Rock but families we work with are primarily in Travis County.

POSITION SUMMARY: The YES Waiver Paraprofessional/Mentor provides support services in a variety of home and community based settings to children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances to contribute to their community functioning and assist them in avoiding institutionalization. The services include skilled mentoring and coaching, supporting the Waiver participant in preventing and managing behaviors that create barriers to inclusion in community activities, and supporting the participant in achieving independence and integration into the community. The Paraprofessional/Mentor is responsible for accurately documenting services, attending Wraparound Team meetings as needed, and communicating participant progress to supervisors, team members, and the referring authority. All services are delivered in compliance with the YES Waiver Policy and Procedures manual, YAP standards, and all state and federal regulations governing the delivery of service.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION: High School Diploma or equivalent. A minimum of one year of documented full-time experience in the provision of service activities comparable to that specified above. Life experience may be considered if the documented experience includes activities that are comparable to services specified above.

MAJOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Program and Fiscal Management: Assist program leadership in management of programs and client services by working authorized hours and following all processes that impact the fiscal success of the program.

  • Maintain the appropriate advocacy hours via face-to-face contact as specified by the Individualized Plan of Care
  • Maintain awareness of utilization of approved advocacy hours to avoid overutilization
  • Utilize activity fees appropriately and within specified limits

Outcomes: Submits all required reports in a clear and legible manner to program leadership within the required timeframe.

  • Prepare written communications including discharge reports as requested
  • Complete Outcomes Measurement System (OMS) Entry/Discharge forms as requested
  • Provide quality services to youth and families at the levels specified to promote good outcomes

Documentation: Ensure that programs are in compliance with federal, state, local and YAP documentation requirements.

  • Accurately complete all weekly documentation, such as Progress Notes, Non-Billable Timesheets, and other required documents, on paper or via Evolv as appropriate
  • Submit other documentation as required by the program
  • Documentation is clear, accurate, and written in compliance with YES Waiver standards
  • Documentation is submitted to program leadership at the designated time and place

Community Connections and System Change: Promote YAP as a needed, valued and credible resource in the community.

  • Under the Program Director’s supervision, involved the appropriate community professional resources as determined by the client’s individual needs and the service plan
  • Connect youth and families with the appropriate community supports based on their needs, strengths, and interests
  • Help youth and families repair and strengthen relationships with people, organizations, or systems within their community through advocacy, modeling, coaching, and negotiating

Individualized Service Planning: Ensure Individualized Plans of Care are implemented as written through weekly purposeful activities with youth and families.

  • Assist with the development of the Individualized Plan of Care as requesting through helping to assess the needs, strengths, and interests of assigned youth and families and through participation in Wraparound Team Meetings as requested
  • Communicate with appropriate individuals regarding the youth
  • Develop a supportive, positive relationship with each assigned youth and family
  • Ensure that parents know the whereabouts of their children while they are participating in program activities
  • Implement services and supports that assist the youth and family in achieving the goals and objectives on their Wraparound or Recovery Plan
  • Ensure that activities coincide with the needs, interests, and desires of the youth and family as defined by the Individualized Plan of Care, Wraparound or Recovery Plan, and Wraparound Team. Be prepared to identify the family’s changing needs and interests as the advocacy relationship progresses
  • Take each client to places of interest and introduce them to new activities and new ways of doing things
  • Assist each client and family in identifying resources or persons who can provide continued support beyond termination of services and develop linkages to those community resources and persons
  • Respond to emergency situations or special incidents by involving the client or client’s family as the need arises
  • Engage the youth’s family in services by addressing their concrete needs, support their relationship with the youth, advocating with them and/or their behalf, and providing coaching, modeling, and general support

Staff Activities: Attend and participate in staff related programs or activities and staff meetings.

  • Attend weekly supervision sessions
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • Participate in other program activities as requested

Training/Computer Skills: Ensure all internal and external training is completed in a timely manner.

  • Meet the minimum training requirements set by the agency, state, and/or local government
  • Complete YAP’s Basic Advocacy Training, YES Waiver Orientation, Introduction to Systems of Care/Wraparound training, CPR/First Aid, and Mandt training within defined timelines
  • Attend other ongoing training as required or by interest and within adherence to YAP’s policies under the guidance and direction of leadership

Supervision: Ensure there is a face to face meeting on a weekly basis with program leadership that addresses both clinical and administrative elements of the work and builds an atmosphere of accountability and engagement.

  • Participate in review of each youth’s service plan and progress as scheduled by program leadership

Other Essential Functions of the job but not limited to:

  • Follow YAP, Inc.’s special incidents reporting procedures and provide the Program Director with information on potential issues of safety and ethical/confidentiality dilemmas.
  • Adhere to all YAP, Inc. personnel policies, the YAP, Inc. Code of Conduct and the Integrity Compliance Plan.
  • Perform all duties in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Maintain professional boundaries with all clients in accordance with good clinical judgment and YAP Code of Conduct.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by program leadership

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $14.00 /hour

Experience:

  • working with youth: 1 year (Required)

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Required)

License:

  • Driver's License (Required)

Language:

  • laguange other than English (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule