Full-Time Independent Living Counselor
Independent Living Counseling (ILC) is a service designed to assist eligible members to self-direct their Work Opportunities Reward Kansans (WORK) services. ILCs provide members with assistance to navigate program processes, paperwork, and budgets. ILCs may provide education, assistance and guidance with eligibility, assisting to make choices within the program, development of Individualized Budgets and Emergency Back-up Plans, and assistance with fiscal management services. ILCs offer information and tools, such as the on-line self-direction training, to assist members to self-direct services and manage budgets, and may assist members to access these tools.
1. Obtain working knowledge of the Working Healthy/WORK program policies and procedures and provide the information to the participant /legal representatives.
2. Discussing the options listed on the WORK Member Agreement Form, and assisting members to complete the WORK Member Agreement Form.
3. Assisting members to locate emergency back-up care and emergency assistance, develop viable emergency back-up, natural disaster, and pet care plans, and complete the Emergency Back-Up Form
4. Assisting members to develop the skills necessary to self-direct services by helping them access one of the two on-line training programs provided on the Working Healthy website, or any other available tool.
5. Assisting members to develop and provide electronic submission of the Individualized Budget as approved by KDHE and MCO.
6. Assisting members to locate providers of personal assistance services and providers of alternative services..
7. Assisting members to interview, hire, supervise, and terminate personal assistants.
8. Assisting members to locate agency-directed services, negotiating hourly payments, ensuring that agency-directed services are consistent with the assessment and are reflected in the budget, and that these costs are commensurate with the monthly allocation payment methodology.
9. Assisting members to accurately and thoroughly complete and submit required paperwork to fiscal management service (FMS) providers. To assist member to complete and submit paperwork (such as budgets) to providers of services such as Home Health agencies and alternative support providers.
10. Assuring that the member understands the importance of verifying time worked by the PA, and the significance of the member’s/representative’s signature on the timesheet(s).
11. Assisting members to document and submit requests for reimbursements to the FMS provider in a timely manner.
12. Assisting members to coordinate non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT).
13. Assisting members to document the need for assistive services, and locate providers of assistive services.
14. Assisting members to complete and submit annual eligibility and six-month review paperwork. Assist members to send Working Healthy premiums to the correct address. (ILCs should not handle or mail premium payments without the member present).
15. Assisting members to connect to other services, such as Vocational Rehabilitation or affordable housing.
16. Communicating any changes in status, needs, problems, etc., to the member’s MCO contact.
17. Submitting all required DSNWK, MCO and State paperwork in an organized and timely manner.
18. Reporting emotional, physical, exploitation, and fiduciary abuse, maltreatment and/or neglect to DSNWK, MCO Contact and the DCF Adult Protective Services.
19. Attend initial and ongoing training necessary to maintain requirements of the WORK program and DSNWK employment.
20. Participate in DSNWK, community, and state meetings as directed.
21. Complete other duties as assigned by Director of Programs and Services
Independent Living Counselors must meet the qualifications stated in the Kansas Medical Assistance Program (KMAP) Provider Manual. Minimum of six months’ experience with a disability as recognized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; or a minimum of one year professional experience providing direct services, including case management (working directly with people with a variety of disabilities);
Complete a two-hour WORK orientation, complete and pass the KDHE web-based WORK Independent Living Counseling examination on KS Train.
Possess positive communication skills, organization and writing and computer skills.
Driver’s license and ability to travel to individual locations.
Routine job requirements. Little if any behavior or other physical intervention.
Complete and maintain First Aid/CPR Training
Able to exercise good judgment and discretion in handling confidential information.
How to ApplyApply on-line at www.dsnwk.org EOE
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