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WorkSource Oregon ISRS Family Support Specialist in ONTARIO, Oregon

LIFEWAYS Job Description Job Title ISRS Family Support Specialist - Mental Health Specialist I Department: Outpatient Reports to: Mental Health Supervisor; Program Manager FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Pay Grade: 4 Location: Ontario, OR; serving Malheur County SUMMARY: The Family Support Specialist (FSS) is responsible for providing In-Home Safety and Reunification Services (ISRS) to families referred by DHS. The FSS strives to assist families make changes necessary to improve functioning and provide safely for their children, thus decreasing the risk for abuse and/or neglect. The goal of ISRS is to reduce the number of children who enter or remain in foster care; the focus is safety, change, and self-management. Safety services are those sufficient to provide immediate child protection so that children remain in their own home or spend less time in foster care. Change services resolve safety threats so that no further DHS Child Welfare involvement is necessary at the close of the case; services are focused on reducing core child welfare issues and building on family's protective capacity to provide a safe home environment. Self-management involves supporting the family to consistently meet the basic needs of their child through an established support system (e.g., family, neighbors, friends, and community resources) to reduce causes of child safety threats. This can involve ongoing participation in Mental Health, Domestic Violence, or Addiction services, community health nursing programs, and other ongoing parenting supports from schools, cultural and religious organizations. This position is primarily a direct service position (80%), with the balance of the time (20%) spent performing administrative tasks. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: * Initiate contact with family within 24 hours after DHS has initiated safety threat referral. Initiate contact with family within 5 days after DHS has initiated a reunification referral. * Serve a range of 8 to 12 families per month; this can involve as many as 10 hours/week of face-face contact with a family, or as little as one hour/week, depending on the service needs of the family. * Make independent decisions about how to provide support for families based on a thorough assessment of client needs. * Assist the family in understanding what changes are needed and/or are being recommended by DHS. * Work with family to develop plans and services to improve child safety, stabilize functioning, and access necessary formal, informal, and community resources and supports. * Provide short term intensive case management to; resolve safety threats, improve parental protective capacity, develop interventions, assess change to lead to a safe home environment, and develop action plans to address identified concerns. * Services are expected to be delivered in the family's home, provided when family members are home, and most likely to impact child safety. This involves evening and weekends; early morning, meal times, and bed times. * Conduct both announced and unannounced home visits * Assist and accompany clients to access eligible benefits and community resources to increase their financial stabi