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Early Intervention Specialist - PAT Program

Department: CDD
Location: Albuquerque, NM

The Center for Development and Disability (CDD) is seeking an Early Intervention Specialist (EIS) to provide Early Intervention services, including service coordination and developmental intervention, for infants and toddlers and their families. This opportunity is a Full Time day shift opening located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is part of the Early Childhood Home and Family Services Division. The Early Childhood Home and Family Services Division consists of a cluster of programs providing direct clinical and home visiting services to high-risk families and young children in Bernalillo and Valencia counties.

PAT provides supportive educational prevention services to families expecting and/or with children during the prenatal period up to kindergarten entry. Services are provided in a variety of home and community settings.

The Early Intervention Specialist (EIS) will:

• Provide direct services in support of the optimal development and functioning of children and families using a standard practice model and/or practice parameters as defined by the program and funder standards.

• Participate in community outreach activities and family Group Connections meetings per the PAT curriculum.

• Per the specified PAT and Home Visiting standards, the EIS will conduct caregiver, child and family assessments on emotional and developmental needs of the child.

• The EIS will implement an evidence-based model providing direct home visiting services to pregnant women and families with young children in Bernalillo and Valencia counties. This model includes developing family service plans to support child-care giver attachment and healthy family interactions.

• The individual hired will have demonstrated skill working with the community served and the ability to provide services in Spanish and English in a culturally competent and family centered way.

• The individual participate in regular clinical/reflective supervision and/or consultation.

• The individual hired for this position will be able to work independently in delivering services with fidelity to a nationally recognized model of home visiting.

The goals of the program are to increase adaptation to parenthood, optimize child development and prepare children for school readiness.

The individual will travel with his or her own vehicle in Bernalillo and Valencia counties to conduct home visits and will be compensated for mileage at standard rates. This position may require out-of-state and overnight travel for training. The position will require local travel and participation in training to develop necessary knowledge and skills of the home visiting model.

When applying, please include a Cover Letter addressing your directly related experience in the following areas:

  • Experience delivering home-visiting services using Parents as Teachers curriculum and model.
  • Knowledge of and experience with diverse communities, cultures and families.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Strong written and verbal skills with ability to pay attention to details and be highly organized.
  • Ability to learn and implement a new model of service.

 

Summary

The Early Intervention Specialist provides developmentally based early intervention and/or early prevention services, service coordination, and case management support to women and families during pregnancy and through the third year or fifth year of a child’s life.  The EIS functions as part of a multidisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary team and participates in standardized evaluations and/or ongoing assessment of children’s developmental, social and emotional, and family functioning in collaboration with other team disciplines. The EIS participates in child and family medical visits and supports access to medical care and other needed services. The EIS provides linkages to other critical community resources and is knowledgeable about those available in the community served. This individual works with high risk populations that include, but are not limited to families and children impacted by substance abuse, caregiver mental health concerns, poverty , and other medical conditions placing children at risk for poor developmental and health outcomes. The EIS provides services in a variety of home and community settings.  This individual provides direct services in support of the optimal development and functioning of children and families using an evidence-informed model and/or practice parameters as defined by the program and funder.  The EIS works under administrative, clinical/reflective, and field supervision provided by the program manager or his or her designee.

                                                                                                 

Minimum Job Requirements of an Early Intervention Specialist:

Bachelor’s degree and one year experience working with children/families in a related activity.

Early Intervention Services requirement - Certified, or eligibility to become certified, as a Developmental Specialist II or III by the Part C Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program in the state of New Mexico within 6 months of date of hire.

Prevention Services requirement -  Endorsement from the New Mexico Associate of Infant Mental Health within 3 years of date of hire.

Verification of education and licensure (if applicable) will be required if selected for hire.

 

Duties and Responsibilities of an Early Intervention Specialist:

  1. Provides direct services to families in home and community settings using a standard practice model.
  2. Participate in community and family group activities in support of program goals.
  3. Conduct caregiver, child and family assessments.
  4. Develop family written family service plans.
  5. Provide and document services in adherence to required timelines and standards set by the program and funder.
  6. Maintain a caseload of client families as required by program standards.
  7. Designs and implements developmentally appropriate individual and/or group activities and learning opportunities according to individual needs and learning styles.
  8. Document all services delivered, include entry of client information and progress notes into an electronic database in a timely and accurate manner in compliance with all UNM HSC/HIPAA guidelines and regulations.
  9. Participate in training activities as required by the program and funder.
  10. Participate in regular reflective supervision and/or consultation in support of progam quality and skill development.
  11. Performs routine cleaning, sanitizing, and maintenance of materials and equipment.

 

About UNM Medical Group, Inc.

UNM Medical Group, Inc. (UNMMG) is the practice plan organization for physicians and other medical providers associated with the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNMMG is a New Mexico non-profit corporation and is an equal opportunity employer. UNMMG strives to mitigate health disparities brought about by technology; we aim to reach underrepresented populations, making healthcare more equitable and accessible for all of the people in New Mexico; we have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

 

About UNM Comprehensive CDD:

This position will be located at the Center for Development and Disability (CDD). Established in 1990, CDD is New Mexico's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. These centers, authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, build the capacities of states and communities to respond to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

Benefits:

UNMMG offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as tuition assistance, paid leave and 403b retirement for benefits eligible employees.

Apply TODAY to our Early Intervention Specialist opportunity with the UNM Medical Group, Inc. and our Physician Recruiter will contact you shortly!

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