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Supports Planner

Application Deadline: May 6th, 2024.

Great job opportunity anyone graduating who will be graduating soon!

Would you like a job where you can truly make a difference in someone’s life?

Being a Supports Planner with Independence Now might be for you! Independence Now is a non-profit organization located in Silver Spring, MD. We are the center for independent living for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Founded by people with disabilities, we work hard to serve the disability community through 5 core services peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, information and referral and independent living skills training.

A Supports Planner is a case manager for people enrolled in the Medicaid Home and Community based options waivers in Maryland. What does that mean? We work with people with disabilities and the older population to help them remain living independently in their home by connecting them with services through the Medicaid waivers.

But what does the actual job entail?

  • Meet with each individual for initial and annual planning meetings as well as any other required contact throughout the year.
  • Creating, submitting and implementing each individuals plan of service in keeping with deadline requirements set forth by the Maryland Department of Health. This includes assisting in identifying service providers, checking in to assure satisfaction, making changes to a plan to ensure people are receiving the services that they need.
  • Completing necessary documentation for any reportable events in compliance with the MD Dept. of Health guidelines.
  • Obtain and organize all required documentation into individual files, and to maintain those files regularly.
  • Keep track of cases and deadlines with an organized system.
  • Ability to keep track of time closely for billing purposes.
  • Assist people in nursing facilities transition to living in the community. This could involve assisting people in locating affordable housing, assisting with waiver application paperwork and overseeing the transition to the community.
  • Providing education, support and advocacy to all individuals on your caseload regarding the waiver systems as well as other resources that are available to them.
  • Be willing to further your own education through trainings to further your knowledge on the waivers, affordable housing, advocacy, etc.
  • Utilize the resource database, but also locate additional resources and add to that database.
  • Ensuring that all communications and record keeping is in compliance with HIPAA.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services field (Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Nursing, Counseling or Human Services)
  • Being fully bilingual in Spanish is a highly preferred skill for this position – applicant must be able to speak, write, effectively communicate in Spanish
  • Previous work experience with people with disabilities
  • A valid drivers license and vehicle
  • Completion of background check will be required

Additional preferred skills:

  • Bilingual in Spanish (other languages also considered)
  • Ability to connect with people through respect and mutual trust
  • Ability to work both independently, but also as part of a team
  • Creative approach to solving problems
  • Ability to speak a second language is a plus
  • Time tracking and billing experience of some kind preferred

The details:

  • Full time (40 hour per week) position
  • Salary is dependent on level of experience
  • The position includes health insurance and paid time off benefits
  • Hybrid in office/work from home model after probation period
  • Extensive training on the job role provided – participation is required
  • Continuing education and additional training provided

Minorities and people with disabilities encouraged to apply.

Send resume and cover letter to: nrussell@innow.org or fax to 301-625-9777 attn. Nina Russell. Due by May 6th, 2024.

Peer Support Counselor– Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

Position Open with Independence Now

Part-time Peer Support Counselor– Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

Deadline to apply April 19, 2024, 5:00 pm

Independence Now, a Center for Independent Living (CIL), is a nonprofit organization created by and for people with disabilities. We are a resource and advocacy center that promotes independent living and equal access for people with all types of disabilities. Independence Now assists residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties to use community services and resources that will enhance their independence.

Independence Now’s core services are peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, information and referral and independent living skills training. Our mission is: We advocate and embody independence and equality for all people with disabilities.

This position is part of Maryland’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program that supports people to move out of nursing facilities and into the community. It is imperative in this position to have a strong belief in the independent living philosophy along with life experience with disability and community living. The activities of a Peer Support Counselor include building relationships with nursing facility staff and residents, to act as a resource on local services and supports and the transition process.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage a varied workload and maintain organized detailed records
  • Travel across the counties to visit various nursing facilities
  • Attend all trainings held for Peer Staff and organizational staff meetings
  • Talk to nursing facility residents about living in the community
  • Provide materials to residents as appropriate
  • Establish positive relationships with nursing facility staff, residents and families
  • Provide information on the CIL and all other community resources
  • Meet weekly for supervisory support with the MFP Director and submit all required tracking system data

Requirements

Must have a disability and personal experience living in a nursing facility. Background check required.

Position details: 20 hours per week. Minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Send resume and cover letter to: Shannon Minnick at sminnick@innow.org.

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