Families and Communities Together (FCT) is a collaboration between Community Healthlink, LUK Inc., and Communities of Care that oversee three Wraparound programs operating in the Central MA area as part of the Commonwealth's Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI).
The FCT Wraparound programs seek to build on family strengths and available support systems to help children with serious emotional disturbance remain in or return to their communities.
The FCT staff work with a family to develop a Care Planning Team (CPT), which consists of the child, family, people invited by family, FCT staff, and appropriate state agency and school staff.
The Care Planning Team develops an Individual Care Plan (ICP) that focuses on the child's and family's needs and proposes ways to improve the child's well-being at home, at school, and in the community.
Sharing experiences from their own journey as a caregiver, the Family Partner, under the direction of the Family Partner Supervisor, will be responsible for providing Family Support and Training (Caregiver Peer-to-Peer Support)—a service that involves a structured, one-to-one, strength-based relationship between a Family Partner and a parent/caregiver. The purpose of this service is for resolving a youth’s emotional and behavioral challenges by improving the capacity of the parent /caregiver to parent the youth.
Through a mentoring relationship a Family Partner will improve the parent’s functioning to support the youth in the community or to assist the youth in returning to the community. Specific activities may include education, assistance in navigating the child serving systems (DCF, education, mental health, juvenile justice, etc.); fostering empowerment, including linkages to peer/parent support and self-help groups; assistance in identifying formal and community resources (e.g., after-school programs, food assistance, summer camps, etc.) support, coaching, and training for the parent/caregiver. Caregiver Peer to Peer Support services seek to help achieve goals in the individual child/youth’s plan.
Experience as a caregiver of a youth with special needs is required - preferably a youth with mental health needs.
Experience in navigating and working with any of the child/family serving systems or teaching other parents/caregivers to navigate such systems
Grade 5: Family Partner I: Associates degree in a human services related field from an accredited school and one (1) year of experience working with youth/families; or High School diploma or GED and a minimum of two (2) years experience working with youth/families.
Grade 6: Family Partner II: Bachelor’s degree in a human services related field from an accredited university or college and one (1) year of experience working with youth/families.
Has a valid US-issued driver's license and ability to provide a registered and insured automobile for work related purposes
Must be able to pass a CORI background check
Community Healthlink is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual preference, political affiliation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.
If applicable, Community Healthlink shall also abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified protected veterans and qualified individuals on the basis of disability. These regulations require affirmative action by Community Healthlink to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.