First Connections Program
Family Service of RI
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: CHW will conduct screenings and individual needs assessments in family homes and other community venues as appropriate. Responsible for engaging clients; implementing screening tools; identifying areas of need; developing action plans; ensuring referrals are made to appropriately matched services; and providing ongoing support and monitoring.
- Participate with FC team in conducting a full needs assessment utilizing RI DOH standardized tools.
- Determine with parent a family plan that addresses current identified needs.
- Link and refer individuals/ families to appropriate culturally relevant resources and informal supports within their community.
- Provide coordinated care and monitoring through contact with individuals, families, medical entities, community providers and referral sources.
- Build and maintain positive, working relationships with medical entities, community organizations and service providers.
- Teach self-advocacy skills.
- Complete all RI DOH and Family Service paperwork including evaluations and written documentation of all communications with families, physicians, referral sources, community partners, etc.
- Complete all documentation in accordance with agency standards and within established guidelines and timeframes.
- Participate in ongoing reflective supervision with FC supervisor as scheduled.
- Other duties as assigned or requested by supervisor or director.
- Community Health Worker Certification required; Bachelor degree preferred.
- Ability to complete training and meet all requirements to be certified as a Community Health Worker within the first 6 months of employment.
- Spanish bilingual preferred.
- Valid driver’s license, auto insurance and reliable transportation.
- Ability to work independently and as an interdependent team member.
- Ability to provide services in client’s homes, health clinic, community locations and other agency sites.
- Ability to have a flexible schedule to include some evenings.
- Experience working with young children and their families.
- Prior experience in behavioral health and/or crisis intervention preferred.
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
- Minimum of 12 hours per year of in-service training with a focus on working with infants and their families in natural environments.
- As needed to maintain individual CHW certification and meet RI DOH standards.
- Participation in semi-annual and annual employee performance review process including development and review of professional/program goals and objectives.
- Other trainings as required by HEALTH.
- Travel to and from clients’ residence, community locations and office site, which could include using walkways, stairs and/or elevators.
- Ability to lift up to 20lbs.
- Ability to communicate effectively.