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Participant Choice Specialist

Company: North LA County Regional Center
Location: Lancaster
Posted on: May 8, 2022

Job Description:

The Organization
North Los Angeles County Regional Center "NLACRC" is a private, non-profit agency that is contracted with the State of California, Department of Developmental Services, to provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. NLACRC is one of the largest regional centers in California and has proudly served the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and Antelope Valley since 1974. We serve individuals across the lifespan from infants and toddlers, school age children, transition-age youth, to adults and aging adults.

Receives supervision from Consumer Services Supervisors/Managers.

Provide subject matter expertise, guidance, and consultation on regional center service options that increase consumer choice in the Self Determination Program (SDP) and for Participant-Directed Services.
Assist consumers and their families with their options of exercising more authority over how, and by whom, services are provided.
Support the program planning team in the development of program plans for individuals; with a particular emphasis on the requirements of SDP, budget/spending plans, participant choice options, and person-centered planning.
Establish and maintain effective communication and partnerships with stakeholders, including NLACRC staff, Financial Management Services, Person-Centered Planners, community advocates, and Independent Facilitators.
Facilitate informational meetings, orientations, community engagement activities, workshops, that promote Self Determination and Participant-Directed Services.
Develop and maintain training materials relevant to participant choice options, including person-centered planning.
Train NLACRC staff on the principles on Self-Determination, how services are obtained, and rights of participants.
Coordinate and track SDP enrollment targets and benchmarks
Documentation, completing forms and reports in accordance with regulations and NLACRC policies and procedures.
Attend interdisciplinary meetings with individuals served, family members, circle of supports, advocates, etc.
Identify barriers to service delivery or enrollment and implement culturally sensitive strategies that embody empathy, trust, and respect; comfort working in underserved and non-traditional office settings to meet our community needs.
Develop and implement outreach plans for diverse communities and obtain input from stakeholders, with a particular focus on Self Determination and Participant-Directed Services.
Complete reviews of participant budgets which exceed specified thresholds and review for state and federal requirements
Assist eligible consumers and their families apply to Medi-Cal, as applicable
Other duties as assigned.

Employment Standards
Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, sociology, or related human services field and two years of related experience. A Master's degree in a related subject may be substituted for experience.

Skills and Abilities
Understanding of family systems and appreciation for person-centered planning and thinking; empowering individuals to achieve their goals. Strong knowledge of Self Determination Program and Participant-Choice options. Knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities, good organizational skills, demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively as a part of an interdisciplinary team, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and proficiency with MS Word and MS Outlook.

Essential Requirements
This position will work with individuals served and their families in their homes, in the community, or in our office location. Must be comfortable working with a high degree of independence. Frequent telephone, virtual, and out-of-office meetings required. Valid California Driver's License and reliable and transportation, or acceptable substitute, required.

NLACRC Offers an Excellent Benefits Package:
We offer employees a variety of health and dental plans.
Health Insurance - NLACRC pays the full cost of coverage for certain Medical plans for employee only. We also provide a generous contribution to additional plans that the employee may select for employee only or employee and dependents costs.
Dental Insurance - NLACRC pays the full cost of the Dental DMO Plan for employees and eligible dependents. We also offer a Dental PPO plan with a low employee monthly contribution for employees and eligible dependents
Pre-Tax Flexible Spending Account for eligible health care expenses
Pre-Tax Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account for eligible dependent care expenses
No cost Life, Accidental Death & Disability, Long Term Disability Insurance for employees
No cost Vision plan for employees and eligible dependents
Retirement plan - NLACRC is a member of CalPERS which is a defined benefit plan that provides a monthly retirement allowance for eligible employees
NLACRC offers two (2) deferred compensation plans - 457 and 403(b)
Participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program
Paid Time Off - Eligible for 3 weeks of accrued vacation in the first year, 8 hours per month sick time, education, wellness and sabbatical time
Holidays - NLACRC offers 13 paid holidays throughout the year
Most positions are offered a hybrid - remote option

Professional Development Opportunities & Growth
NLACRC values the professional development of staff for those seeking future leadership opportunities in the social services field.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At NLACRC, we value and celebrate diversity! In September 2021, NLACRC launched an initiative to enhance and strengthen our commitment to diversity and belonging.

Covid-19 Job Requirements
Upon job offer acceptance, candidates will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. A reasonable accommodation may be requested for an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

This position is non-exempt. Please note that this position is subject to a temporary "add on" enhancement of 9.85% for qualified compensation. For more information, please contact Human Resources.

NLACRC is an equal opportunity employer. Further, NLACRC will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the City of Los Angeles' Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

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