These 2 positions will be located in the Central/Southern region of Illinois.
These are 2 positions in the Congregate Care Assessment Program (CCAP) of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) under a contract with Northern Illinois University. CCAP Clinical Assessors conduct independent assessments of youth in care to determine if a Qualified Residential Treatment Provider (QRTP) placement is appropriate. Children placed with a QRTP have significant emotional and behavior concerns. These children are considered to be at high risk of serious harm toward self or others.
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
The CCAP Clinical Assessors will conduct the required QRTP independent assessments in conjunction with the Child and Family Team within 30-days after the placement is made, utilizing the Illinois Medicaid – Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths tool (IM-CANS). The assessor will complete required documentation of the independent assessment. In addition, the assessor will prepare the required report for the 60-day Court Approval.
Minimum Required Qualifications for this position
Master’s degree from an accredited university in a clinical or related area of study, such as social work, counseling, clinical psychology, or community counseling.
Clinical Assessors must have an active clinical professional license issued by the State of Illinois that allows for independent clinical practice; Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW), Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT).
Clinical Assessors must have at least three years of experience working with youth 6 – 18.
Clinical Assessors must have at least three years of supervised experience conducting psychotherapy or clinical mental health assessments, which included conducting mental status examinations.
Clinical Assessors must possess and maintain a working knowledge of the DSM-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.