The Lead/Medical Liaison child care worker acts as administrative and crisis support during shift. This position has all duties of Lead child care worker and additional duties of medical /mental health provider and pharmacy liaison services. Primary duties include monitor site medication protocols to ensure adherence to agency and licensure standards, provide training for staff on health and medication protocols, coordinate medication certifications for staff, and ensure adherence to prescription and health protocols. This position has primary contact with medical, mental health, and dental providers, pharmacy, and school nurse.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Counted in staffing ratio as child care worker.
• Assist in supervision of child care workers.
• Serve as on call emergency staff as needed while on shift.
• Ensure that critical events are appropriately documented, communicated to appropriate staff.
• Conduct debriefing when necessary.
• Ensure completion of monthly safety drills on your shifts.
• Provide “front line” conflict resolution for staff and residents when needed.
• Participate in FST, educational, court hearings, or medical appointments as needed.
• Oversee medication intake for new residents including MAR’s, consents, new medications, prescriptions, prescription updates and needed medical appointments.
• Ensure that TB testing, immunizations and any other required treatment and documentation are accomplished.
• Maintain current medical and pharmaceutical information in resident files.
• Ensure annual HCY visit is completed and documented for all residents
• Create or facilitate new medical documents and procedures when necessary.
• Oversee medication re-orders.
• Oversee or prepare, dispense, and dispose of medications as needed.
• Oversee maintenance of medication carts.
• Ensure that first aid kits are appropriately stocked in the house and vehicles.
• Ensure that OTC medication inventory is stocked. Order as needed.
• Ensure communication with guardian; medical, mental health and dental providers; school nurses; and pharmacy staff.
• Provide updated records, information and medication to school nurses.
• Create and present training in the area of medication protocols. Oversee medication management on site.
• Provide general information for residents on health and nutrition.
• Coordinate psychiatric or health assessments and screenings as needed.
• Ensure confidentiality and HIPPA standards are maintained.
• Perform other duties as negotiated to assist in meeting agency goals and objectives.
GED or High School diploma required; bachelor’s degree preferred. Upon employment, must purse continuing education and/or in-service training required for this position.
Must be age 21; A minimum of two years prior experience preferred.
• Ability to develop and maintain relationships with youth with elevated behavioral needs.
• Maintain good boundaries with peers and residents.
• Able to manage crisis situations.
• Good judgment.
• Good verbal and written communication.
• Medication Administration level I certified.
As determined by site manager.
Must be able to drive an automobile safely during daytime and nighttime hours. Competent in Microsoft office programs and management information system.
Prolonged standing and walking, bending and reaching. Stamina to work long hours in high pressure situations. Able to participate in safe crisis management maneuvers that may result in the physical restraint of a resident. Possess and maintain sufficient flexibility and strength.
MENTAL DEMANDS :
Must be able to make judgment decisions in a crisis. Must be able to problem solve. Must be able to understand and demonstrate good boundaries with residents . Must be willing to interact positively with youth who may be demonstrating poor social behavior, emotional, hostile or angry outbursts. Must be able to engage in a diverse environment including a variety of ethnic and cultural groups in a professional and competent manner.
Works in a level III residential facility that is a “home-like” house setting.
Persons in this position must:
• Hold a valid driver’s license, have and maintain a risk-free driving record.
• Undergo initial and periodic background screening that includes child abuse/neglect, criminal history, sexual offender, and child care/elder care disqualification list screenings as conducted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services utilizing the Family Care Safety Registry.
• Undergo a pre-employment drug screen and a pre—employment physical with no results showing evidence of a communicable disease.
• Be trained and certified, and re-certified as scheduled in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
• Be trained and certified, and re-certified as scheduled in Safe Crisis Management (SCM).
• Be trained and certified, and re-certified as scheduled in Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies approved medication administration course.
• Be trained in the use of an AED.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is a faith-based Christian organization. We provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need. We strive to serve like Jesus. We meet our clients where they are and treat them with respect. We focus on our clients’ strengths rather than their problems. And we encourage our clients to focus on their future rather than their past. When we do this well, we help our clients find hope and know the love of God.