The Mental Health Coordinator provides professional expertise, consultation, and training to ensure that Head Start and Early Head Start children and families receive early childhood mental health services in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards, local, state and federal regulations. Our Head Start program prioritizes the mental health component within our programs. Utilizing conscious discipline, Trauma Smart training and a trauma informed approach.
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- Write, implement and perform ongoing revisions of the Mental Health Service Plan and the coordination of mental health services, including long and short range program planning.
- Integrate mental health support and education into the program.
- Refer families, children, and staff for mental health services which include, but are not limited to counseling and other therapeutic modalities.
- Review screenings and arrange for the referral, if necessary, of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families or staff with mental health concerns that necessitate the use of community resources to include a tracking system for follow-up.
- Establish methods of regular case review, whereby screening, assessments, progress reports, and behavior intervention plans are reviewed among team members involved in specific cases.
- Assist in the development and implementation of specific plans for children with special needs, including participation in child's IEP/IFSP, if indicated.
- Visit centers to conduct classroom observations for established social emotional curriculum, best practices, CLASS and DECA Reflective Checklists, and individual focused observations for children.
- Provide strategies and interventions to improve classroom environments.
- Provide written summary reports of classroom observations.
- Discuss observations and recommendations with classroom staff.
- Promote the emotional development of children, associates and families by providing training and information on mental health.
- Primary liaison for Head Start Trauma Smart grant.
- Primary liaison for Head Start mental health grants funding accountability.
- Provide leadership for continuing trauma informed and other social emotional programming.
- Supervises the Behavior Specialist(s).
- Develop articles for newsletters regarding mental health for children, families, and associates.
- Develop collaborative relationships with community mental health agencies.
- Represent the program at local and state levels regarding mental health.
- Continue professional growth by participating in conferences, workshops and training sessions to further knowledge and experiences in the mental health field.
- Maintain confidentiality of children’s records and matters relating to the families.
- Participate in Individualized Family Conferences and Head Start meetings.
- Develop and manage the mental health budget.
- Monitor and perform data entry in ChildPlus related to mental health.
- Ensures that the program fulfills the requirements of the Head Start Performance Standards, local, state and federal regulations related to Mental Health Services.
- Perform other duties as they relate to the comprehensive team-approach
- Master’s Degree in family and child development, counseling, social work or other related human service field; are a licensed or certified mental health professional.
- Missouri professional licensure in counseling or social work.
- Three years clinical and administrative experience working with at risk families and young children.
- Able to demonstrate knowledge of the normal developmental stages of children birth to five, and mental health across the lifespan.
- Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions and perceptions.
- Sensitivity to individuals representing a variety of family, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Able to make independent and sound decisions in a fast paced environment.
- Able to exercise high levels of discretion and confidentiality.
- Detail oriented with good organizational skills, and be multi-task proficient.
- Sensitivity to diverse learning styles and knowledge/skill levels.
- Able to listen, perceive, and interpret what others are communicating
- Strong computer skills with the ability to adapt to new software.