Facility Advocacy Specialist, Polk State Center

Polk, PA
Full Time
Human Services

Job Description

The Facility Advocacy Specialist will perform individual and systemic advocacy services to persons with intellectual disabilities who reside in Polk Center. The Facility Advocacy Specialist reports to the Facility Advocacy Team Leader. This is a temporary, full-time position with an anticipated end date of September 1, 2022 with a possibility of an extension coinciding with the Polk State Center closure date.
Essential Functions:
• Facility Advocacy Specialist will have duties outlined in the statement of work advocate tasks, some of which include:
• Meetings with individuals, their treatment teams, and with individual’s permission family, legal guardians and friends.
• Advocates will be required to sign in and out at the center.
• Advocates will work individuals, Interdisciplinary teams, the facility, regional and county offices, providers and other appropriate entities to assist in facilitating the person’s transition into the community.
• Advocates will immediately report via the center’s incident management protocol any situation that makes them uncomfortable or is indicative of abuse, neglect or a rights violation.
• The Advocate will review treatment documentation to familiarize him/herself with individual’s health status, personal strengths, past and present goals, objectives, likes and dislikes, and meet with associated team members.
• The Advocate will attend and or participate in trainings provided by the Center as required from time to time in order to increase and maintain knowledge about the disabilities and service systems.
• As a committee member, the Advocate may be asked to complete work assignments, review and offer comments on policy, procedures and work processes as well as analyze reports, offer opinions and participate in the development of a work plan.
• The Advocate will serve as a member of various committees at the center including: the Human Rights Committee, Fall Committee, Peer to Peer Abuse Prevention Committee, etc.
• The Advocate will conduct training related to protection of rights and advocacy for staff as well as self-advocates
• The Advocate will facilitate a self-advocacy group
• The Advocate will complete timely reports and case notes on work
• The Advocate will assist social workers with self-advocacy annual rights reviews
• The Advocate will conduct observations of living areas and work/day program areas
• The Advocate will participate in review of investigations.
• Other duties as assigned by the Team Leader/Director of Investigations & Monitoring/CEO.
Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in behavioral health or human services or equivalent degree as approved by the Commonwealth.
• A minimum of three years’ experience in the human services field with at least one of the years in field of developmental disabilities.
• The ability to take direction and independently follow through on all instructions.
• Demonstrated knowledge of complex state and federal rights protection statutes, laws, and regulations.
• High level of commitment to service excellence, plus high degrees of integrity, ethics, and judgment are a must.

Additional Details

Experience: 2-5 years