The Program Specialist will be responsible for Continuity of Services in assisting individuals to enroll in various IDD programs while coordinating with ICF/IDD providers, SSLCs, Waiver providers and other state agencies, and completing permanency plans for minors who are in residential settings other than their family home.  The Program Specialist will also assist as necessary with some institutional diversion activities necessary to divert individuals from State Supported Living Centers, Nursing Facilities and other restrictive residential environments by intervening and educating individuals, families and referring entities about support services that allow people to remain in a community setting. The Program Specialist will serve as a back-up to the Enhanced Community Coordinator and assist with transition activities as needed. The individual in this position should be highly effective when interacting with consumers/families, service providers, SSLCs, nursing facilities, as well as knowledgeable about community resources for people with IDD.

  • Identify available community living options, services, and supports to assist individuals to successfully live in the community. 
  • Provide information and assistance to service coordinators and other LIDDA staff who are facilitating diversion for individuals at risk of admission to a nursing facility or SSLC and to individuals transitioning from a nursing facility or SSLC into the community.  Coordinate educational activities for service coordinators and other LIDDA staff about available community services and strategies to avoid placement. 
  • Complete enrollment packets for ICF/IDD and send them to potential providers.  Follow-up with potential providers to determine if an individual will be accepted.  Completing the enrollment. 
  • Coordinate with Jail Diversion to assist individuals with placements in State Supported Living Centers or community settings when appropriate and eligible. 
  • Initiate, review, and update Permanency Plans for individuals under the age of 22 in various residential settings.
  • Serve as point of contact for liaison with State Hospitals and assist with placement or continuation of services for individuals being discharged.
  • Coordinate waiver enrollments for individuals receiving HCS waiting list slots, and slots provided to children aging out of CPS services.
  • Completing documentation related to service provision, including progress notes, Person Directed Plans, Individual Plans of Care, ICSR’s, Permanency Planning documents, and CARE data entry as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Essential Functions
  • Excellent written communication  and computer keyboarding for inputting clinical documentation
  • Excellent verbal and telephone communication with consumers, staff, and community providers
  • Time management required to meet service goals
  • Constant travel to provide services for clients, including regional travel up to 25% of time
  • Stooping, bending, sitting, standing, and keyboarding for prolonged periods, lifting up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to be CPR and PMAB certified
  • Valid driver's license, liability insurance, and reliable transportation required
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology or related field Required
  • 1 year of experience working with people with IDD Required
Hours: M-F 8AM-5PM with other as needed

Salary:  $36,851-$39,430 DOQ


Heart of Texas Region MHMR strives to offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Employer paid Health Insurance
Employer paid Dental Insurance
Employer paid Life Insurance
Payroll Direct Deposit
10 paid Holidays per year
Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)

Excellent 401-K Retirement Plan (Center will contribute 12% of employee earnings)
              **Certain Requirements Needed**

Location: Developmental Services
                 3420 W Waco Drive Waco, TX


Department: Developmental Services
This is a full time position

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