This position is full-time with a regular but flexible 40 hour per week schedule. The District Child Evaluation Specialist (CES), as part of the Point of Entry (POE/LLA) team, shall work to enhance the quality and appropriateness of First Steps services by utilizing their expertise in early childhood development. Primarily a CES screens children referred to First Steps, completes the Five Area Assessment for established at-risk children, identifies the appropriate discipline(s) for the eligibility determination, and reviews IFSPs. Also, a CES may provide community services and perform other miscellaneous duties for which s/he is qualified. Clinical supervision of the services delivered by a CES is conducted as required by the CMHC regulatory entities, corporate contractual agreements, and corporate policy. This position administratively reports as indicated in his/her Appointment Letter.
A. Direct Services
- Oversees screenings of children referred to First Steps using a Cabinet-approved screening protocol
- Completes the Five Area Assessment (in lieu of a PLE) using a Cabinet approved criterion-referenced instrument for children referred to the Point of Entry (POE) who have a diagnosed/established risk condition
- Determines the disciplines needed for eligibility determination and, in collaboration with the Service Coordinator, coordinates the multidisciplinary evaluation/assessment and any further assessment when/if needed for children with established developmental delay from the screening
- Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary evaluation team, when his/her discipline is an appropriate choice for the child’s evaluation team and the involvement is deemed appropriate
- Participates in IFSP Meetings about Children that s/he have completed an evaluation/assessment or 5-Area Assessment
- Monitors the implementation of IFSP’s, including changes thereto.
- Adheres to all professional standards, the First Steps Provider Code of Ethical Conduct, and Part C of the First Steps Program Standards
- Assists the State Lead Agency, POE Manager, and other POE staff in assuring quality services in the district and that the services are performed within required timelines
- Coordinates and consults with referral sources and other resources on behalf of FRBH consumers
- Participates in clinical staffing of cases as needed and assigned
B. Community Relations
- Assists and participates in public relations, community education, and organization activities of FRBH in accordance with established policies and procedures and under the direction of their assigned Site Administrator
- Works with other behavioral health agencies, the medical community, and other community organizations as appropriate and assigned
- Provides and conducts workshops, seminars, and general educational informational meetings as assigned
- Conducts other consultation, education, and prevention activities as assigned
- Meets productivity standards as assigned.
- Maintains appropriate clinical and administrative records as required
- Participates in committees and staffings as assigned
- Performs other duties as assigned by superiors
- Must have either:
- A Masters degree or higher in a qualifying discipline and two (2) years multidisciplinary team experience outside the First Steps Program evaluating/assessing and working with children with and without developmental disabilities or delays between the ages of birth and five years, with emphasis in the birth to three-year age group; or
- A bachelor’s degree in a behavioral health discipline that will qualify the individual under 911 KAR 2:150 and four (4) years multidisciplinary team experience outside the First Steps Program evaluating/assessing and working with children with and without developmental disabilities or delays between the ages of birth and five years, with emphasis in the birth to three-year age group .
- Must hold a current license and/or certification for his/her profession from his/her discipline-specific state licensing or certification body in Kentucky.
- Must be currently approved or qualify to be approved as a Kentucky First Steps Developmental Evaluator in accordance with 911 KAR 2:150.
Must provide documentation and examples of reports, if possible, to demonstrate specialized knowledge and skill with:
- Supervised training and experience in administering norm-referenced and criterion-referenced instruments
- At least one (1) year experience in administering, scoring, and interpreting the Bayley Scales of Infant Development in a standardized, reliable, and valid manner or be eligible to be certified on the Bayley after training.
- Demonstrate knowledge of early childhood development by implementing a competency assessment on early childhood development at a proficiency level as established by the Cabinet.
Must have an endorsement from the State Lead Agency (Central Office) as an acceptable applicant for interview, which shall include but not be limited to consideration of:
- The Competency Test on Basic Child Development results.
- Preference for candidates who have training and skills in assessing motor development of infants and children.
- Willingness to complete an orientation and additional training on the Bayley Scales of Infant Development and mentoring from the Record Review Team.
Must have a valid driver’s license and insurable driving record
Must pass all required background checks