Works closely with Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Clinicians to formulate structured community and skill building activities for Youth Homes’ TAY Full-Service Partnership (FSP) and TAY Aftercare consumers. Develops contacts and works directly with other community programs and resources. Involves and informs youth of options and opportunities available to them by role modeling and coaching around the development of self-advocacy skills. Life Skills Coach/Youth Advocate also work very closely with the Youth Homes’ Stepping Stones Program and with assuring TAY program consumers access the full array of TAY services available.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
1) Directly assists Youth Homes TAY consumers in the following areas:
• Skill building around making safer and healthier decisions with substance use
• Learning individualized adaptive coping skills to better manage mental health symptoms
• Assuring foster youth and former foster youth access to county and community support services
• Identifying natural support network and improving social and relational skills
• Meeting educational goals through accessing schools, vocational programs and scholarships
• Accessing General Assistance/SSI, when applicable
• Acquiring and maintaining housing
• Linking with Work Experience Programs and assistance in seeking/maintaining employment
• Support in developing self-advocacy, independent living skills and activities of daily living
• Accessing medical care and navigating medical insurance issues
• Meeting transportation needs
2) Promoting and assisting the development, organizing and facilitating workshops through the Stepping Stones program
3) Provides Medi-Cal billable services such as rehab/case management for 60- 75% of the time worked with Youth Homes’ TAY clients as assigned by Clinical Director.
4) Completes all required progress notes and documentation in an accurate and timely manner.
5) Offers support, referrals and advocacy as needed for Youth Homes’ TAY Clients.
6) Works collaboratively with other members of treatment teams for youth on caseload, including social workers, housing support, medical and educational support, family members and other caregivers in addition to members of the Youth Homes TAY Program staff to assure coordinated care for youth in programs.
7) Provides one-on-one support, skills coaching, guidance and advocacy to clients within the context of each youth’s individual treatment team, led by their program clinician.
8) Works with TAY Clinicians to help youth develop and succeed in substance abuse recovery plans in an integrated, team-based treatment manner.
9) Assists Manager of TAY Support Services in planning and facilitating employment, education, , life skills or housing workshops, regular enrichment, skill building for social networking/engagement workshops and groups.
10) Attends TAY Program staff meetings and coordinates client care with other TAY Program team members.
11) Other duties as assigned by the Clinical Director, Program Manager or VP of Community Mental Health Services.
• Bachelor’s degree required in preferred disciplines of psychology or related field.
• Experience working with teens or young adults in a professional support capacity.
• Lived experience as a former foster youth or past recipient of children/young adult behavioral health services is strongly preferred.
• Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
• Possess a CA driver’s license, with no restrictions
• Must pass all mandated security clearances, prior to employment
• Must pass a health and drug screening, prior to employment
• Must meet all training and agency compliance requirements for this position