Early Intervention Service Coordinator
JOB TITLE: Early Intervention Service Coordinator
DEPARTMENT: Early Intervention Service Coordination
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Early Intervention Service Coordination Supervisor
BA, BSW, or other Bachelor’s degree required which includes or is supplemented by at least 12 college credits in Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Child Education, Child Development, Special Education, Family Counseling, Social Welfare, Family Studies, Social Welfare, Psychology, or other comparable Social Science and One year of full-time or full-time equivalent experience working with or providing counseling to children, families or individuals with disabilities. Valid driver’s license and use of personal automobile is required to complete home visits and program visits to meet with children and families. Computer skills, flexibility and excellent communication and organizational skills needed. Need to be able to work well within a team model. Bilingual ability is a plus.
The Service Coordinator will engage families in the development of individual family support plans (IFSP). Service Coordinator’s responsibilities include working with families in coordinating, evaluating and monitoring service delivery in the Early Intervention Program. Ensure that services are individualized, strength based, child-centered, family focused, community based and culturally competent. Ensure that program required timelines are met. Home visits and program visits required. Flexible work schedule is expected to accommodate families. Evening and weekend appointments are a possibility. Job requires a sensitive, caring individual with excellent verbal and written communication skills and who wants to help families to understand the program and wants to help make a different in both the child’s and families lives.
- Help families to understand the purpose of EI and the importance of the parent’s active participation.
- Work directly with families to access support and services for their child’s learning and growth. Ensure that supports and services for families are provided according to required timelines.
- Complete intakes, facilitate and participate in assessments/evaluations, implement and review IFSP’s as required by program regulations and need.
- Conduct initial and annual Routine Based Interviews to access family priorities and concerns and explain the importance of family training model/coaching in EI. Obtain pertinent information regarding child development.
- Develop, along with direct service providers, Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP’S) with families whose children are determined eligible for EI. Complete an Early Intervention Service Coordination Support Plan for each family.
- Participate in team meetings, with parents and caregivers as members of the team, to review progress on outcomes and make recommendations.
- Work with families who may need interpretation and translation in order to fully participate in their child’s eligibility determination, service planning and transition.
- Coordinate implementation of intervention services. Assist families in identifying available service providers and facilitating communication with and between family and provider agency. Meet with teams to develop and implement the IFSP.
- Inform families of all EI funding sources, including assistance with applying for Medical Assistance and/or Infant Toddler Family (ITF) waiver when eligible.
- Offer and complete, with parental consent, screening for all referred children.
- Complete any evaluation reports and IFSP in PELICAN-EI.
- Coordinate services provided to the child by on-going information sharing through participation in interagency meetings, telephone calls and/or face to face contact. Assist the child’s and family’s access to health care, community resources, services, and funding sources to help meet their needs.
- Monitor the effectiveness of formal and informal supports and services and community resources provided to the individual, family/caregiver. Monitor the timely delivery and effectiveness of EI services.
- Problem-solve and resolve conflict with the family/caregiver and the provider of service. Assure the services and supports are on an ongoing basis and make changes as appropriate.
- Adhere to responsibilities as outlined in the Service Coordination Support Plan and review with the families at least every 90 days.
- Schedule and participate in transition planning for eligible children exiting the birth to three years programs within the mandated time frames.
- Complete service notes in objective, person first language.
- Maintain communication with agencies and programs serving children and families.
- Maintain productivity standards as defined by his/her supervisor and Partnership.
- Maintain punctuality and consistent attendance.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.