COORDINATOR OF PROGRAM PLANNING (MENTAL HEALTH)
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The work involves responsibility for planning, developing, coordinating and evaluating selective programs operated or contracted by the Genesee County Legislature and its Community Mental Health Services Board. Responsibilities shall include the development, coordination, and performance management of assigned programs including new state initiatives such as the Single Point of Entry for adults with mental illness, Single Point of Accountability for high risk children, youth and families, Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative, and the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program. The incumbent in this position assists the Director or his/her designee with needs assessment, program implementation, and quality management of new and existing services. The employee may supervise the work of subordinate staff. The work is performed under the general direction of the Community Mental Health Services Director and his/her designee. Leeway is allowed for exercise of independent judgment in carrying out details of the work. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Assists the Director in planning activities including development annual plans for mental health, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, and alcoholism and substance abuse;
Collects and reports on utilization of and need for services to the Director and planning committees;
Reviews plans for proper format, documentation of needs, objectives and strategies, and reports findings to the Director;
Provides leadership in the identification of needs, and the development and implementation of appropriate programs including the start-up of new state initiatives;
Provides leadership in implementing best practices in the field of mental health, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, and alcohol and substance abuse;
Assists in identifying additional funding opportunities form state, federal, and other sources, and develops professional level applications;
Insures coordination of services among existing and new programs with mental health and with other related services;
Provides oversight and direction of certain multi-departmental initiatives beyond the start-up phase;
Evaluates the implementation of programs to determine if identified needs and stated objectives are being met;
Consults with program agencies to determine impact of services provided to clients;
Performs quality assurance reviews to ensure that services provided meet appropriate standards and optimal cost effectiveness goals;
Implements and maintains management information systems for monitoring and evaluation of programs;
Consults with and reports to the Community Mental Health Services Director and his/her designee on aspects of the job;
Attends meetings with the Legislature and others to provide reports and background information relating to the programs and systems.
The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSONAL
CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough Good knowledge of the services and functions of community based out-patient psychiatric services and particularly the role of the County government in the system; Thorough Good knowledge of long range and short range objectives and priorities of the NYS Mental Hygiene Department; Good knowledge of legislation, regulations, current problems and professional standards in the field of mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and substance abuse; Working knowledge of concepts and methods used in operation and maintenance of information processing systems; Ability to communicate and apply such knowledge; Ability to evaluate and recommend changes and improvements of programs providing mental hygiene services; Ability to work well with providers and consumers of mental hygiene services at all levels; Ability to analyze and interpret program, cost and elementary statistical data; Ability to prepare complex written reports. Tact and courtesy; integrity; good judgment.
The physical demands described here are representative f those that must be met by and employee to successfully perform and essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to walk, talk and hear.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus and make visual observation of clients.
The work environmental characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or possession of an appropriate equivalency diploma recognized b the NYS Department of Education, AND
- Possession of a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Social Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field. and three (3) years of full-time paid experience working in the mental hygiene service or related human services field, one of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.
- Graduation from a regionally accredited NYS registered four year college or University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Social Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Business Administration or related field and five (5) one (1) year of full-time paid experience working in the mental hygiene services or a related human services field, one of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.