• Geriatric Adult Specialty Team (GAST) Qualified Professional

    Job Locations US-NC-Gastonia
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(12/3/2018 12:00 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Community and Social Services
  • Overview

    Excellent Benefits Package!!!

    Projected Hiring Range:  $42,490 – 45,200 (Salary is $51,395 - $54,100 with Clinical licensure)


    Closing Date: 12/17/2018 by 4 PM


    Primary Purpose of Position: The primary duty of this position is to provide formal training, education, and consultation to community organizations that may include Adult Care Homes, Family Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Adult Day Programs, Senior Centers, Faith Based Organizations, Home Health Agencies, Home Care Agencies, Meals on Wheels Programs, Veterans Affairs, Departments of Social Services, and Law Enforcement/Judicial System staff/caregivers that serve geriatric or adult residents with geriatric like needs that may have mental illness and/or Dementia. The goal is to build community awareness and skills for addressing the unique needs of these individuals. This position is based in Gaston, Lincoln, and Cleveland counties.


    Goal of GAST Program: To increase the ability of people working in community agencies/organizations in providing services and support to older adults with mental health, substance use issues, and/or dementia.




    Role and Responsibilities:


    65% In-Service Training/Consultation:  Provide training, education, consultations on Mental Illness and cognitive disorders (delirium, dementia).


    Trainings are accredited by the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulations for continuing education credits.


    15% Community Resources/Agency Collaboration:  Will provide input into annual needs assessment.  Will participate in councils and other types of community collaboration.  Will collaborate with community agencies as needed, including Department of Social Services, Senior Center, Life Enrichment, and other GAST Teams in N.C.  Will participate in any requested MCO meetings or events as assigned by supervisor. 


    10% Continuing Education/Cooperative Efforts:  Attendance at required LME/MCO training and annual updates, staff meetings and professional development classes. 


    10% Other Duties: Other duties as assigned, including maintenance and care of audio-visual equipment used for training and attendance at community meetings.  Will establish and maintain effective working relationships within the unit and demonstrate tact and diplomacy in working with contract providers and other community partners.  Maintain documents for GAST Program as assigned by supervisor.



    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Extensive knowledge of psychopharmacology, Mental Health Issues, behavioral health issues within geriatric and adult population, potential for crisis issues, confidentiality laws and program protocols/policies
    • Extensive knowledge of N.C. Mental Health Laws, Regulations and of Partners operations
    • Knowledge of resource information and ability to identify ongoing training resources for caregiver staff
    • Strong and extensive skills in computer functions required for the position and standard office software
    • Must be proficient in PowerPoint, Excel, and Word
    • Ability to provide training and education to staff and caregivers on topics relevant to younger adults that have geriatric like needs and mental illness
    • Ability to provide case consultation with caregiver staff regarding behaviors of consumers
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, facility staff and other LME/MCO staff, and to provide individualized technical support and education as needed
    • Must be a self-starter, able to work independently and as a part of a team
    • Must be very flexible
    • Knowledge of geriatric individuals needs both medically and mentally



    Education and Experience Required: Bachelor’s degree and four (4) years of documented experience working with older adults with mental illness.   Must qualify as a mental health qualified professional.  Must have previous experience presenting to groups of all sizes.  Must have ability to travel.


    Education and Experience Preferred: Master’s Degree in a Human Services field with clinical license and three (3) years of documented experience working with older adults with mental illness. Current unrestricted LCSW, LPC, or LPA licensure with the appropriate professional board of licensure in the state of North Carolina.  Employee is responsible for complying with respective licensure board’s continuing education/training requirements to maintain an active license.



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