Youth Care Specialist (various positions)

Job Title: Youth Care Specialist (various positions)

Reports to: Shift Supervisor 

Department: Residential  

Exempt: No

 

POSITION OVERVIEW 

Supervise and mentor resident male and female youth ages 10 – 17 in the short-term residential shelter setting.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed for Youth Care Specialist:

Knowledge:

  • Customer and Personal Service- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing youth and families with personal services. This includes youth with needs assessment, meetings quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Crisis Intervention –Knowledge of principles, theories, models, and procedures for counseling of physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training – Knowledge of principles and methods for medical instruction for individual purposes.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing youth and families with personal services.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and data processing

Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Abilities: 

  • The ability to communicate effectively in simple and precise terms with clients and co-workers.
  • The ability to interact with persons of diverse backgrounds with tact, courtesy, and poise.
  • The ability relate to customers or clients in difficult situations.
  • The ability to give full attention to what people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changes in procedures, conditions and to interruptions which disrupt the workflow.

POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  

Occupational tasks and duties are listed for: Youth Care Specialist 

  • Maintain acceptable attendance and punctuality of no more than three (3) unscheduled occurrences within a 90 day period.
  • Ensure that all required training classes and training hours are completed in accordance with YCC, DJJ and DCF standards.
  • Ensure work performance meets quality and quantity standards as outlined in the job description.
  • Must complete at least six (6) file reviews per performance review cycle.
  • Emergency Drills – Must complete at least six (6) drills per cycle – to include First Aid Drill, Fire Drill, Alternative Drill to ensure compliance with emergency drills.
  • Must complete weekly health and safety inspections – 6 per year/1 per cycle.
  • Must complete intake and release paperwork – at least two (2) per evaluation year.
  • Must conduct at least six client groups per review cycle.
  • Must attend at least 10 out of 12 Residential Staff Meetings during the review year.
  • Monitor and ensure that Medication, Medical and Mental Health processes are followed with minimal errors.
  • All other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

High School Diploma and a minimum of six (6) months related experience; preferably working in a residential shelter with at risk youth.  A valid Florida driver’s license and safe driving record is required.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS AND REASONING ABILITY 

Basic and/or advanced computational skills may be necessary.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

This is a position which requires walking, interacting, monitoring and engaging youth in various positive activities and diffusing challenging situations that will occur.  Little to moderate lifting of less than 25 lbs. may be required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

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Outpatient Therapist

Job Title: Outpatient Therapist

Reports to: Program Director

Department: Outpatient Behavioral Health Program

Exempt: No

Position Overview

The therapist delivers outpatient therapeutic counseling to children, adolescents, young adults and their families to assist in helping clients relieve mental and emotional suffering and assist clients in finding ways to change behaviors. The therapist works with clients on a number of issues such as, anxiety, trauma, mood disturbances, family dynamics, abuse, poor self esteem and many others areas of life that are creating emotional, mental, spiritual and behavioral concerns for them.

The most important knowledge, job responsibilities and qualifications are listed for the Outpatient Therapist.

Knowledge

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological or social work research methods; and the assessment and counseling modalities of behavioral and affective disorders.

  • Knowledge of principles, theories, models, methods, and procedures for counseling of physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions in the capacity of individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for psycho-educational instruction for group counseling and the measurement of training effects.
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins
  • Knowledge of counseling or social work ethics.
  • Have a working knowledge of how trauma impacts people of various developmental stages in the different domains of their lives.

Skills

  • Strong assessment and interviewing skills
  • Strong documentation skills
  • Minimal supervision required regarding use of time, able to prioritize work assignments
  • Effective organizational skills.

Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively with professionals and clients/families
  • Ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Active listening skills
  • A “team player”

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following for the Outpatient Therapist:

  • Complete services and documentation within designated time frame as determined by supervisor/agency policy, funding sources, accreditation organizations and best practices.
  • Complete services and documentation completely, accurately, according to requirements determined by supervisor/agency policy, funding sources, accreditation organizations and best practices.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of diagnostic criteria evidenced by documentation of symptoms presented supporting mental health diagnosis and prescribed treatment.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in the development of treatment plans based on clients presenting symptoms and identified underlying causes with measurable goals and objectives showing the progression towards discharge.
  • Maintains documentation and client files in accordance with program standards as determined by supervisor/agency policy, funding sources, accreditation organizations and best practices.
  • Close cases and files, completing all discharge data entry and documentation requirements completely and in a timely manner set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Maintains an average of 25 billable sessions weekly.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills through timely responses to emails, deadlines and requests, attention to detail in meeting task requirements.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills through display of flexibility, creativeness and ingenuity in meeting expectations and facing client and task oriented challenges.
  • Completion of training objectives within established timeframes.
  • Other job duties as required.

Minimum Education and Experience

A practitioner of the healing arts who is in accordance with the Florida State Laws according to their respective discipline, with a Master’s degree from an accredited college/university recognized by the Florida Department of Education in a major in the field of mental health counseling, social work, marriage and family counseling, or psychology with a minimum of two years of professional experience in providing services to persons with behavioral illness.

  • A minimum of two years experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families.
  • Experience working in a mental health setting.
  • Experience with Medicaid and third party insurance service delivery preferred.
  • Experience providing outpatient mental health services preferred.

Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

Basic and/or advanced computational skills may be necessary.

Physical Demands

This is a sedentary position, and the incumbent will be required to sit approximately 70 per cent of the time.  Little to moderate lifting of less than 25 lbs. may be required.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is in a work environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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House Parent

Title:                House Parent- Touchstone Village Clay

Department:    Touchstone Village

Position:          Sub-Contractor


Touchstone Village Clay is a Transitional Living program that has been developed out of a community need and community collaboration. Per the Clay County School Board, in the 2017-2018 school year 118 unaccompanied homeless youth were enrolled. Unaccompanied homeless youth are young people experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. According to School House Connection, 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness each year. The prevalence of youth homelessness is similar in rural, suburban and urban areas. Homelessness is associated with an 87% likelihood of dropping out of school. At the same time, the highest risk factor for youth homelessness is the lack of a high school diploma or GED. Youth without those basic education credentials are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness. YCC is excited for the opportunity to provide stable transitional housing to the young adults in Clay County to help with this need.

Touchstone Village Clay operates near the St. Johns River in Clay County. Transitional living services are provided to young adults, ages 18-21, who may be homeless, needing independent living skills sessions, aging out of foster care, leaving a group home, and/or in a variety of other situations which limit self-sufficiency. For those young adults that may already have stable housing, YCC will offer individual and group independent living skills sessions in the schools and community.

This subcontractor position is to work as a Houseparent for the Transitional Housing Program in Clay County.

·       Under general supervision, monitors residents in a residential/home life environment, and oversees the day-to-day care.

·       Maintains a clean, healthy and safe environment in house

·       Responsible for knowing and carrying out Youth Crisis Center policies and procedures in home as dictated by the Operations Manual

·       Provides transportation for residents to appointments and activities as needed

·       Performs community integration functions as needed

·       Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Transitional Living Specialist and Outpatient Therapist

·       Assist with homework as needed or required

·       Be the primary contact for emergencies after-hours.

·       Complete room inspections with Transitional Living Specialist weekly

·       Responsible for completing all required training as dictated by contract and Youth Crisis Center

·       Ability to effectively communicate to Youth Crisis Center on any pertinent issues.

 

Youth Crisis Center offers House Parent:

·       Business vehicle available (when responsible for live-in youth)

·       Free room and board (equivalent to a savings of more than $1000 per month)

·       $1000 stipend each month

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Shining a Light on National Youth Violence Prevention Week

During the month of April, the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign is recognized for one week. This year, National Youth Violence Prevention Week takes place April 12 – April 16th.  Around 200,000 homicides occur annually worldwide among youth between the ages of 10-29. According to the World Health Organization, that makes up 43% of the total number of global homicides each year. For those who are lucky enough to survive a violent attack, most will require hospitalization and be affected by lifelong psychological damage.

The goal of the weeklong National Youth Violence Prevention initiative is to raise awareness to educate students, school staff, parents and the general public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence in communities across the country.

Deferment Programs vs. Arrest Records

Jacksonville, Florida, is working to reduce youth violence by intervening at the earliest sign a youth may be in trouble. The deferment program, called the Civil Citation Program, is offered through the Fourth Judicial Circuit for qualified juvenile offenders.

The Civil Citation Program allows law enforcement and juvenile justice stakeholders to issue a citation to qualified juvenile offenders to join the program rather than being arrested and entering the criminal justice system. The purpose of this program is to increase public safety by assessing and referring at-risk, qualified juvenile offenders to intervention programs while also reducing recidivism.

Signs an Individual May Be At Risk for Youth Violence

  • attention deficit, hyperactivity, conduct disorder or other behavioral disorders
  • involvement in crime
  • early involvement with alcohol, drugs and tobacco
  • low commitment to school and school failure
  • unemployment
  • exposure to violence in the family

Teen Court Holds Teens Accountable  

After a teen is issued a civil citation, it’s forwarded to the Court Administration Teen Court Director and reviewed to determine which curriculum, under the Civil Citation Program, is most appropriate for that youth. From there, the case will be handled by the Teen Court or one of Jacksonville’s Neighborhood Accountability Boards. Youths are then held accountable for their crimes and are required to complete community service hours and other sanctions that could include individual and family counseling, early intervention, letters of apology or academic monitoring.

This program promotes accountability, immediate intervention and prompt consequences for the qualified juvenile offenders. “This expanded program provides swifter accountability and intervention through smart justice –  a benefit to juveniles and taxpayers alike,” said Melissa Nelson, State Attorney for the Fourth Circuit.

Youth Crisis Center Provides Diversion Opportunity

The diversion programs offered by YCC can be completed either through its Outpatient Behavioral Health program or Residential Crisis Care program. Throughout six different programs, YCC provides short-term crisis care, mental health counseling, family therapy, and transitional living services for young adults. “The Youth Crisis Center has been a readily accessible resource for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) for many years,” said JSO Assistant Chief Adam Pendley. “The services that YCC offers enhance law enforcement efforts by getting to the root cause of what influences youth violence, and transforms their lives by providing them with the help and intervention at an early age.”

Taxpayer Savings

The Civil Citation Program saves taxpayer dollars by producing cost-effective outcomes. Rather than arresting troubled youth, the Civil Citation Program works to identify and address the causes of their misbehavior and enacts disciplinary actions that will discourage them from completing future offenses. Upon successful completion of the requirements of the Civil Citation Program, there will be no arrest on their record.

The Civil Citation Program is important because it prevents life-long consequences associated with juvenile arrests, adjudication, or convictions. “Arrest and prosecution are a first thought for many who consider ways to fight violent crime, but it’s important to remember that arrest for some may do more harm than good,” insists Pendley. “These types of diversion programs, like the Civil Citation Program, still hold the offenders accountable, but in a more proactive way that helps them long term.”

Click to learn more about the Youth Crisis Center’s involvement with the Civil Citation Program.

Are you dealing with a crisis or unmanageable youth? The Youth Crisis Center’s Residential Crisis Care program provides short-term residential services and therapy for youth ages 10-17. Our residential therapists work with youth and their families to address the immediate crisis and help provide long-term solutions to handle future concerns once the youth return home. Click to fill out the Residential Crisis Care form on our website and a therapist will contact you, or call our crisis hotline at (904) 725-6662 to speak with someone immediately. Click more to learn about 8 ways to help your child cope with stress and anxiety.

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Baker County Family Link Therapist

 

Job Title:          Therapist – Community Based Baker County

Reports to:       Program Manager

Department:     Family Link

Exempt:           No

 

Position Overview

Provides short-term counseling with emphasis on prevention within Baker County schools and community.  Work with individuals, families, and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health.  May help individuals deal with issues pertaining to the family such as family dynamics, parenting, and communication; suicidal/homicidal ideations; anger management; problems with self-esteem; peer related concerns, behavioral issues, and school related issues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed for Therapists.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological or social work research methods; and the assessment and counseling modalities of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, models, methods, and procedures for counseling of physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions in the capacity of individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for psycho-educational instruction for group counseling and the measurement of training effects.
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Knowledge of counseling ethics.

Skills:

  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities:

  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.  It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Occupation specific tasks and the most important generalized work activities are listed for Therapist.

  • Perform needs assessment and goal plan through interview, observation, client and guardian input completely and within designated time frame as determined by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Enter all data entry input and submit all data entry instruments to the quality improvement department completely, accurately and within the designated time frames.
  • Prepare, maintain and document all instruments of the client file in a timely manner, completely, according to clinical and documentation requirements set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Close cases and files, completing all discharge data entry and documentation requirements completely and in a timely manner set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in managing client length of service through- evaluate need, establish goals with measurable objectives and provide services showing resolve of identified problems.
  • Perform outreach efforts demonstrated through production of referrals and/or professional contacts for supervisor follow up.
  • Opens an average of 8(eight) cases per month.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills through timely responses to emails, deadlines and requests, attention to detail in meeting task requirements.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills through display of flexibility, creativeness and ingenuity in meeting expectations and facing client and task oriented challenges.
  • A positive and professional workplace manner demonstrated through excellent customer service with clients, all workplace colleagues and community.
  • Responsible for completion of training objectives within established timeframes.
  • Attend work related meetings as required.
  • All other duties assigned.

Education and Experience

Education and Experience: Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or related area of study from an accredited college or university recognized by the Florida Department of Education and two years of related experience in social work or counseling with at-risk youth and families; licensed-eligible in the State of Florida preferred and willing to begin licensure supervision within 6 months of employment.  A valid Florida driver’s license and safe driving record is required.

Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

Basic and/or advanced computational skills may be necessary.

Physical Demands

This is a sedentary position, and the incumbent will be required to sit approximately 70 per cent of the time.  Little to moderate lifting of less than 25 lbs. may be required.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Duval County Family Link Therapist

 

Job Title:          Therapist – Community Based Duval County

Reports to:       Program Manager

Department:     Family Link

Exempt:           No

 

Position Overview

Provides short-term counseling with emphasis on prevention within Duval County schools and community.  Work with individuals, families, and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health.  May help individuals deal with issues pertaining to the family such as family dynamics, parenting, and communication; suicidal/homicidal ideations; anger management; problems with self-esteem; peer related concerns, behavioral issues, and school related issues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed for Therapists.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological or social work research methods; and the assessment and counseling modalities of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, models, methods, and procedures for counseling of physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions in the capacity of individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for psycho-educational instruction for group counseling and the measurement of training effects.
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Knowledge of counseling ethics.

Skills:

  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities:

  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.  It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Occupation specific tasks and the most important generalized work activities are listed for Therapist.

  • Perform needs assessment and goal plan through interview, observation, client and guardian input completely and within designated time frame as determined by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Enter all data entry input and submit all data entry instruments to the quality improvement department completely, accurately and within the designated time frames.
  • Prepare, maintain and document all instruments of the client file in a timely manner, completely, according to clinical and documentation requirements set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Close cases and files, completing all discharge data entry and documentation requirements completely and in a timely manner set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in managing client length of service through- evaluate need, establish goals with measurable objectives and provide services showing resolve of identified problems.
  • Perform outreach efforts demonstrated through production of referrals and/or professional contacts for supervisor follow up.
  • Opens an average of 8(eight) cases per month.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills through timely responses to emails, deadlines and requests, attention to detail in meeting task requirements.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills through display of flexibility, creativeness and ingenuity in meeting expectations and facing client and task oriented challenges.
  • A positive and professional workplace manner demonstrated through excellent customer service with clients, all workplace colleagues and community.
  • Responsible for completion of training objectives within established timeframes.
  • Attend work related meetings as required.
  • All other duties assigned.

Education and Experience

Education and Experience: Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or related area of study from an accredited college or university recognized by the Florida Department of Education and two years of related experience in social work or counseling with at-risk youth and families; licensed-eligible in the State of Florida preferred and willing to begin licensure supervision within 6 months of employment.  A valid Florida driver’s license and safe driving record is required.

Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

Basic and/or advanced computational skills may be necessary.

Physical Demands

This is a sedentary position, and the incumbent will be required to sit approximately 70 per cent of the time.  Little to moderate lifting of less than 25 lbs. may be required.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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SNAP Group Facilitator (Part-Time)

Job Title:         SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) Group Facilitator (PT)

Reports to:      SNAP Supervisor

Department:    SNAP Program

Exempt:           No

Position Overview                                                                              

SNAP (STOP NOW AND PLAN) Group Facilitator reports to the SNAP Program Coordinator and is a part time hourly position. The SNAP Group Facilitator is a position which focuses on early intervention program for boys, ages 6 – 11, who are engaging in aggressive, anti-social behavior and have come into contact with police. This is a highly visible position with the children and their families and helps with the day-to-day aspects of the SNAP Program. Provides administrative support for the SNAP Program Coordinator and SNAP Specialist.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) are listed for SNAP Group Facilitator:

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of SNAP Program Policies, Procedures and Performance Standards
  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; and social and psychological norms.
  • Knowledge of group dynamics and how to manage
  • Knowledge of data collection methods for evaluating program effectiveness.

Skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Highly organized and the ability to multi-task
  • Detail oriented and strong documentation skills.
  • Computer skills a must.

Abilities

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Clearly communicate expectations
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals in difficult situations.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team.
  • Positive, upbeat personality, with the ability to promote SNAP to community partners.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Occupation specific tasks and the most important generalized work activities are listed for SNAP Group Facilitator

  • Assists with coordinating the start-up of the SNAP Program, which includes the implementation of policies, procedures and performance standards for the Program.
  • Provides support to staff responsible for intakes, case management, and therapeutic work with youth and families, including client related case management decisions, treatment planning and therapeutic interventions, as needed.
  • Administers Assessments, Screenings and Measures required by the SNAP curriculum
  • Monitor program curriculum for training delivery and effectiveness.
  • Assists to ensure compliance with Florida Network contract requirements.
  • Ensures accurate and timely completion of all documentation for programmatic, administrative, compliance and fiscal responsibility.
  • Participate in community activities in order to promote SNAP Program and to build collaboration with community partners.
  • Facilitate groups for the participants of the SNAP program, utilizing the evidenced based SNAP curriculum.
  • Meet with individual and family participants outside the group environment for either 1;1 or family support, as needed.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled Management Team meetings, staff meetings, Treatment Team meetings, and Admission Team meetings.
  • Attend required training as determined by the SNAP Program contract.
  • Responsible for completion of training objectives within the established timeframe.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

A high school degree. A minimum of 2 years of experience in one or more of the following areas: social services, juvenile justice, grants and contracts administration, program management or administration, or program monitoring.

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Local CrossFit Gym Pays Tribute to Suicide Prevention During Pandemic

“Fight to Flourish” competition amongst athletes and teen participants will be held January 16, 2021

 

December 14, 2020 — Jacksonville, FL — CrossFit Salt de Terre, a female owned and operated CrossFit gym located just outside Riverside, in the up and coming Railyard District, will be hosting its first annual “Fight to Flourish” competition on January 16, 2021. This competition aims to build awareness about teen suicide by honoring the memory of Cora Schryver, a 13 year old CrossFitter from Ojai, CA, who took her life in 2018. To register for this event click here.

Proceeds from “Fight to Flourish” will benefit the Youth Crisis Center of Jacksonville, FL, in an effort to upgrade the facility’s recreation center. The mission of the Youth Crisis Center is to build a healthier community by empowering young people and families to rise above adversity. CrossFit Salt de Terre aims to give back to the Jacksonville community inside and outside the gym. Members are invited to participate in quarterly give back events for a variety of causes.

Maintaining one’s mental health during this pandemic has been difficult for all ages and suicide rates among adults and teens have gone up during this time. The community at CrossFit Salt de Terre believes in continuing the conversation surrounding this topic in the hopes of saving lives, especially the lives of our youth.

 “The team at CrossFit Salt de Terre prides itself in its involvement within the Jacksonville community. We are passionate about health and wellness, physically and mentally, as the two are interchangeable. Our hope is that this event will rally both the CrossFit community, as well as the Jacksonville community to honor those whose lives have been affected by teen suicide, while providing a healthy outlet to engage the public,” said Amy Saltmarsh, owner and head coach of CrossFit Salt de Terre.

All “Fight to Flourish” workouts will be partner style and appropriate for adults and teens of all ages and abilities. Teams can compete in an Adult Only or an Adult + Teen division. Participants will compete in a series of five workouts over the course of the day, and top performers will earn a spot on the podium!

Tickets are $40 per team which includes participation in the competition and a t-shirt.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and appreciated.

For more information about the first annual “Fight to Flourish” competition and CrossFit Salt de Terre, please email Amy Saltmarsh, Owner, at hello@saltdeterre.com.

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About CrossFit Salt de Terre:

The foundation of any CrossFit gym starts with the people and is built on community. At CrossFit Salt de Terre, a supportive group of coaches and peers will help you along your journey to becoming faster and stronger. We will be there to celebrate your triumphs and help you through your setbacks. CrossFit Salt de Terre aims to give back to the Jacksonville community inside and outside the gym. Members are invited to participate in quarterly give back events for a variety of causes. To start your journey, visit https://saltdeterre.com/.

Youth Crisis Center opens emergency shelter for young adults, House of Hope

Jacksonville, FL., December 8, 2020 –  There is now another option for young adults in Northeast Florida in search of a place to live in the middle of a crisis. After three years of planning, the Youth Crisis Center is pleased to announce the opening of the House of Hope. The House of Hope will serve as an emergency shelter for young adults 18-24, including those who belong to the LGBTQIA+ community. The House of Hope is expected to provide short-term services for about 125 young adults a year for 30 days. This program was made possible due to the partnership with Changing Homelessness, JASMYN, and the amazing help of donors and volunteers at the Youth Crisis Center.

During their stay, staff will help residents with the following:

– Life skills training                           – Connection for stable and permanent housing

– Mental health counseling          – Academic monitoring and support

– Access to medical care                – Career development training

The House of Hope includes nine rooms hosting one bed each, a full kitchen, dining hall, private counseling room, life skills training space, sanctuary garden, and a communal gathering space. Each room of the House of Hope is furnished and decorated all thanks to the help of our wonderful donors.

“The House of Hope is needed in this community because statistically the national average of homelessness is 40% as it pertains to the LGBTQ community.”

Kim Sirdevan, the President and CEO of the Youth Crisis Center says rate of homelessness is much higher in Jacksonville. Sirdevan feels the House of Hope can serve as the safe space for the young adults to go to that will offer free services and housing, but an opportunity for them to further their skills for leading to self-sufficiency. The House of Hope is based on being gender neutral, emergency crisis care and with the specific services targeted at homeless young adults. That model is based on the programs YCC already offers on campus like the Residential Crisis Care Program which serves minors and the long-term housing program called Touchstone Village surviving 18-21 year olds. After examining what YCC already offers, it was determined what our community was lacking was the emergency shelter capacity serving the homeless young adults.

About Youth Crisis Center

Founded in 1974 as Florida’s first runaway program, the Youth Crisis Center’s emphasis on care is for those who have been exposed to traumatic situations such as divorce, homelessness, relocation, bullying, loss of life, and abuse. YCC provides a variety of services such as short-term residential crisis care, outpatient therapy, skills-based groups for children and their parents, and transitional living programming for young adults.  For more information visit http://www.youthcrisiscenter.org/

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