Job: Guardianship Coordinator, Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana

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Title Guardianship Coordinator, Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana
Categories Industry: Nonprofit, Location: Fort Wayne, Type: Full Time
Salary $32,000 – $38,000
Location Allen County
Job Information

GENERAL PURPOSE

The Guardianship Coordinator is responsible for the guardianship of the person. The Guardian is appointed by the Court to protect, advocate and oversee the care of seniors and incapacitated adults. An incapacitated adult is a person unable to represent their own ‘best interest’, and may be without family involvement to help them in decision making related to appropriate healthcare and major life areas. The guardian may be required to make end of life decisions for the person. The Guardianship Coordinator will act as the liaison with volunteer advocates, and ensure volunteers build positive relationships with clients and providers to ensure the highest quality of life. Any knowledge pertaining to aging, dementia, disabilities, advocacy, funding systems, residential facilities and human services is helpful.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Conduct initial and ongoing assessment and planning with and/or on behalf of clients.

2. Help to arrange for or ensure a safe place for client to live, medical care, clothing, food, etc.

3. Work with doctor, nurses, dentist, psychiatrist, social workers, activity directors, etc. to develop best plan for care of client and monitor implementation of the plan and progress of client and adjust plan as required.

4. Work with internal and external resources to preserve dignity and sustain quality of life of all clients.

5. Recruit, train and manage the volunteer advocates, including ensuring proper attention, visitation and documentation by volunteer advocates are meeting the needs of the VASIA clients.

6. Visit clients face to face regularly and review client’s health and well-being. Monitor provider care and work cooperatively with external caregivers to assure quality of life.

7. Attend client’s interdisciplinary planning meetings.
8. Make medical decisions for client as need arises and consult doctors and those who work closely with client in order to make the best possible decision for the client.

9. Provide education for community facilities and other professionals on
guardianship as necessary.
10.Work with Adult Protective Services, courts, attorneys, etc. to assist in legal process of guardianship. Participate in Guardianship hearings in the Courts.

11.Prepare and submit annual reports to the Indiana Supreme Court and Allen County Superior Court.

12.Document all meetings, proceedings and maintain necessary records as
required by Indiana Supreme Court. Organize necessary information including personal, legal, medical, financial, SS/Medicare/Medicaid, care provider and logs for client in a notebook and central file and keep it current. Monthly review and filing of documentation.

13.Work with hospital, nursing home and funeral home to finalize funeral arrangements at the time of client’s death.

14.Maintain regular correspondence with any close friends/relatives of the client and keep them up to date on client’s status as appropriate.

15.Build relationships with other supplemental agencies who serve the elderly and/or persons with disabilities.

16.Obtain all required certifications within established national, state and agency deadlines.

17.Attend the MHANI Adult Guardianship Advisory Committee and other meetings of local and state groups.

18.Attend organizational, departmental, and committee meetings as directed.
19.Perform other duties as assigned.
20.Attend training sessions and workshops as necessary.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field and two years of experience in guardianship, case management, long-term care, healthcare, working with older adults or persons with disabilities preferred.
  • Study for and obtain certification (within 12 mos.) through the
  • National Guardianship Association. This is required for this position.
    Willingness to be ‘on call’ to answer calls regarding clients needing assistance after hours and on weekends.
  • Demonstrated personal computer skills with MS Office applications and other common software applications.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, and non-verbal) and ability to respect and interact with diverse persons.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, self-motivated, attention to detail, well organized, and dependable.
  • Acceptable work ethics, professional conduct and appearance, reflecting MHANI’s image and values.
  • Ability to pass a criminal history background check.
  • Valid Indiana Driver’s License and required minimum insurance coverage.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this position, employees are regularly required to sit; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; and use hands to operate office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. Employees are frequently required to stand and walk and to occasionally lift up to twenty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Lisa Smith, Executive Director, using the button below.

 

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