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Prevention Specialist

Reporting to the Program Supervisor/ Manager of the Helping, Engaging, Reconnecting and Educating (HERE) Now Program, the Parent Partner will provide comprehensive trauma-informed school based suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) services in the North Inland and North Coastal regions. The HERE Now Prevention Specialist is responsible for providing education and trainings to school staff and gatekeepers to include: outreach and school-wide suicide prevention education, risk assessments, individual intervention services and care coordination with area mental health support and services. Shall participate in the three components that include:  1) A multi-level suicide prevention program implemented through the public health approach; 2) Evidence-based practices that focuses on reducing risk and enhancing protective factors for 7th through 12th grade youth, and 3) A comprehensive and collaborative approach to suicide prevention that includes support services and necessary linkages.  Specifically, shall work with district employees, youth, and parents in creating an overall school environment conducive to appropriate learning for the pupils in the District that promotes positive mental health, stigma reduction, and suicide prevention. Additionally responsible for ensuring that standards regarding to safety and inclusivity are maintained.

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Specific Activities
Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Present an evidence-based curriculum, Signs of Suicide, and bullying prevention to 7th- 12th grade students with the purpose of reducing risk and enhancing protective factors as well as facilitate mental health and safety trainings for parents, district staff, and community members.
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct trainings to school staff and gatekeepers with Here Now Clinicians.
  • Provide one-on-one safety assessments and crisis management to at-risk students and their families, while utilizing a trauma-informed care philosophy and recovery principles; Stay current on best-practices for clients.
  • Sustain the team commitment to County of San Diego CSOC Principles.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with staff and volunteers
  • Participate in carrying out agency plans and vision; Participate in appropriate agency-wide committees as applicable; Participate in all required trainings, meetings, and consultation/supervisions.
  • Maintain accurate and timely uniform record documentation on all youth/families.
  • Responsible for outreach in a culturally appropriate manner to community members and families in their community and school.
  • Work with families to reduce disparities and stigma in accessing mental health services.
  • Identify individual/family strengths that can be applied to overcome identified family challenges that prevent/hinder the family from maintaining a safe home environment for their youth.
  • Provide support in the form of reflective listening, emotional support, strengths identification, challenge identification, and solution seeking as needed.
  • Coordinate linkages with mental health support and services and other needed services for youth/families with depression, mental health problems, substance abuse or history of trauma indicating a high risk for suicide/self-harm
  • Coordinate advocacy efforts for youth/families serviced within and across the system of care and assist youth/families in locating, coordinating and developing informal and formal resources and networks in the communities where they reside and/or attend school.
  • Assist in orienting new youth and families entering the mental health system.
  • Work with service partners to ensure that standards relating to safety and inclusivity are maintained.
  • Promote greater youth/families participation in policy, program, and service delivery in the mental health system.
  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of client protected health information and other applicable information in accordance to agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws, including HIPAA.
  • Other Duties and Responsibilities as assigned
Required Education and Experience
Bachelors Degree required. Bilingual preferred Spanish/English.Must be able to handle stressful and crisis situations tactfully and appropriately, and to seek supervision when necessary. Able to work in a diverse environment and demonstrate cultural competence with people of all backgrounds, culture, and orientation. Must possess working knowledge of trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis treatment; experience working with at-risk youth preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:  
Possesses advanced knowledge that is primarily intellectual in character and includes exercising discretion and independent judgment
Establish and maintains effective working relationships while showing open mindedness and a collaborative spirit. Compatibility with agency purpose, goals, philosophy, and approach. Demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for their work. Utilizes a creative approach to problem solving. Interactions with others reflect a spirit of honesty, humbleness, and self-awareness. Accepts constructive criticism with a positive attitude and willingness to implement change. Ability to work well independently and demonstrate appropriate initiative. Must demonstrate knowledge of trauma Informed, client driven, and culturally competent care. 
Other Requirements
Reliable transportation. Must have a California driver license and good driving record. Willing to use own, properly insured, reliable vehicle for the job (mileage reimbursed). Employment subject to clearances, including background finger printing checks, driving record, tuberculosis testing, and drug testing.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Your well-being matters at North County Lifeline!
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid holidays (13 days)
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage
  • Free health and wellness programs
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Great employee incentive award programs
  • Training and education assistance
  • Matched 403b retirement plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Menu of optional benefits, including short term disability, critical illness, accident, hospitalization and cancer policy 
    Pay Range Salary will commensurate with experience and education. Differential pay offered for bilingual skills.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this
job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be exposed in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Employee will be regularly out in the community giving presentations and working with various agencies. Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The employee will be required to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer.
Work Schedule
Full time 40 hours a week ( includes early mornings)