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ABILITY KC TEAM INTRODUCTION
Ability KC builds brighter futures for children and adults with disabilities through medical, educational, and vocational therapeutic services. The depth, breadth, and continuum of expertise within the Ability KC team are internationally recognized through multiple accreditations and more importantly, through the achievement of milestones by the individuals and families served. The Ability KC mission and culture are founded upon a legacy that continues to innovate and evolve through the connectedness of the team, those served, families and caregivers, referral and partner organizations, supporters, volunteers, and the community. Ability KC is a designated comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility (CORF) since 2002 and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities since 1971 and accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Ability KC is a leading hub of therapeutic services supporting the continuum of disabilities across ages. From our goal-oriented approach in services to our long-range planning, our teams are continually looking towards building a foundation of success for those we serve and our organization today and into the future. As we look ahead to the next chapter in our history, we envision a more inclusive community that prepares individuals of all varying abilities to fully participate and contribute to our community. We envision communities that are more adaptable, more inclusive, and stronger as individuals and their families’ partner with Ability KC for every transition in life. Founded upon more than 70 years of mission, Ability KC prioritizes continual investment in expertise, innovation, and culture through our three pillars of team experience: Make a Positive Impact, Honor Legacy and Innovation, and Together We Rise.
The Program Social Worker (SW) is assigned to therapeutic preschool, pediatric medical program or adult medical program. The Program SW provides to the program participant/legal guardian an orientation to program services and policies, completes psychosocial assessment, serve as a liaison between rehabilitation team or therapeutic preschool team and participant/legal guardian in providing updates on progress, projected discharge date for medical program services, identify and refer to appropriate community resources, provide support and education to patient/legal guardian, consultant regarding mandated reporting guidelines, intra-agency liaison relating to care, provides inservices to teams at Ability KC related to social services as requested, follows agency regulatory guidelines for social work services, serves as backup SW to other SW staff upon request of supervisor, and performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in Social Worker and Licensed in Missouri as LBSW; or Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited institution and Licensed as LMSW in Missouri. Licensed MSW is preferred.
EXPERIENCE: A minimum of one-year relevant direct care social service clinical experience. Prefer one year experience providing social work services in a medical/rehabilitation for medical programs or school setting.
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION: LBSW or LMSW license in Missouri is required and in good standing. Knowledge of community resources in transportation, housing, health care access, financial assistance, and relevant resources to the population served. . Knowledgeable in family dynamics and issues related to adjustment to disability. Strong skills in time management, prioritization, punctuality, rapport building, team collaboration, and strong communication skills are required. Basic computer skills required include the use of Word and Excel.
PRIMARY TASKS & DUTIES
- Perform comprehensive and timely psychosocial assessment with program participant/legal guardian at admission.
- Orient program participant/legal guardian to the program services, policies, and process at admission.
- Attend program care team meetings to track progress; notify team of barriers to successful outcomes related to participant’s psychosocial background, obtain team report on progress, expected discharge date, resource needs, and concerns related to participant’s outcomes.
- Provides participant/legal guardian with timely updates from care team conferences including updates on expected discharge date from medical programs, problem-solve barriers to outcome goals, identify and provide resources, and facilitate referral to community resources.
- Set family conferences at the recommendation of care team including participant/legal guardian and care team, serve as discussion facilitator in soliciting team progress reports and ensuring exchange of information between team and participant/legal guardian, and provide participant/legal guardian with a written summary.
- Provide emotional support and education to participant/legal guardian.
- Assess the need for individual/family counseling services or neuropsychological assessment and facilitate referral to neuropsychological and rehabilitation psychology services in the agency or community as appropriate.
- Provide in-services to rehabilitation staff on psychosocial issues relevant to population served.
- Serve as contact and facilitator for staff in mandated reporter events.
- Complete additional duties assigned by supervisor
- Participate in implementing regulatory guidelines for assigned program as determined by supervisor.
Multiple openings. Full-time and PRN.
Ability KC is a healthcare facility that practices mask-wearing and social distancing. Subject to federal, state, and city mandates regarding COVID-19 and vaccines.
Job Type: Full Time,Part Time