Intake And Assessment Specialist

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1216 Arch Street, 6th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Action Wellness

Position Title:         Intake & Assessment Specialist
Reports To:             Prison Linkage Program Coordinator
Department:             Direct Services
Program:                Philadelphia Linkage Program (PLP)
Status:                 Full-time, Nonexempt, Eligible for benefits

•       Minimum Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, in social work or
related field.
•       Experience in human service delivery, case management, assessment and
client advocacy.
•       Understanding of the medical and psycho-social issues related to living
with HIV/AIDS.
•       Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) and experience in corrections a plus.
Ability to work with diverse populations.
•       Working knowledge of local resources.  Ability to work with various
professionals, including medical, non-medical, and Para-professional staff in
the case management and prison system.
•       Eligible to enter the correctional facilities as a contract employee.

Basic Function:
•       Provide intake and assessment case management services to individuals
currently incarcerated.
•       Assess, address and provide consultation to other staff regarding prison
issues on an as needed basis.
•       Serve as a liaison with the staff of Prison Health Services, Corizon,
Defenders Association, court officers, probation and parole offices.

Specific Responsibilities:
•       Accept referrals from various sources for services to incarcerated
•       Perform face-to-face needs assessment.
•       Complete a service care plan with the client
•       Maintain accurate and timely activity logs.
•       Obtain updated medical and demographic data and informed consent of each
•       Maintain a reduced caseload and provide case management and advocacy to
the HIV+ individuals who are incarcerated or have recently been released from
prison.  This includes being available to visit the client at the prison,
home, in the hospital and office visits.
•       Assist clients in negotiating, arranging and linkage to medical care,
social services and other provider systems.  Provide the client with
information and referral,   arrange necessary services.  Follow up and
monitor the support system on a monthly basis.  Reassess client need as
•       Work with care providers in the areas of hospital discharge planning and
home care needs.
•       Provide specialized case management and advocacy by carrying a caseload
of individuals whose primary presenting problem is being symptomatic of HIV
disease and reentry to society following incarceration.
•       Evaluate the need and assist clients to be admitted to substance abuse
and/or mental health treatment.
•       Consult with other members of Action Wellness staff including direct
service staff, housing specialist, prevention case managers, volunteers and
others as needed.
•       Identify resources and communicate with agencies and organizations
providing services to incarcerated and recently incarcerated individuals.
•       Attend weekly one on one supervisory meeting.
•       Participate in Action Wellness staff meetings and in-service trainings.
•       Participate in required in service and off site trainings and staff
•       Attend a minimum of 2 medical appointments.

Performance Standards:
The following performance standards are specific to this position.  Meeting
or exceeding these standards is an expectation of employment as is compliance
with all other organizational and departmental policies, procedures and
•       Required paperwork, documentation and referrals completed per the time
frames established in the Direct Services Policy and Procedure Manual.
•       Document contacts of clients on your caseload as per time frames outlined
in the Direct Services Policy and Procedure Manual.
•       Complete documentation regarding intake and information and referral
inquires within 24-48 hours.
•       Participate in weekly individual supervisory meetings.
•       Participate in monthly team group supervision meetings.
•       Attend Direct Service and General Staff meetings.
•       Maintain awareness and knowledge of resources, benefits, and entitlements
necessary to advocate and make referrals on behalf of the client.
•       Adhere to core values as outlined in Employee Handbook.

Position available:  Immediately

Action Wellness is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Action Wellness offers a
supportive work environment and excellent benefits.

All resumes will be retained for one year.  No calls please.

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