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Posted: 4/25/2017

Position Title: Transition Specialist Liaison- NYC focused (NYAIL)

Organization: The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is seeking a Transition Specialist Liaison for a statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Open Doors Transition Center project is one of two new NYAIL programs funded by the NYS Department of Health as part of the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration, which assures that residents of long-term care facilities are provided objective information and given the opportunity to live in a community based setting. NYAIL is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization that works to remove barriers to full community integration of people with disabilities. NYAIL members are Independent Living Centers (ILCs), consumer controlled, cross-disability providers of advocacy, services and supports to people with disabilities.

Responsibilities: The Transition Specialist Liaison will report to the Open Doors Project Director and work collaboratively with NYAIL Transition Center subcontractors and the Peer Outreach and Referral program staff to facilitate successful transition of individuals into community settings. The Transition Specialist Liaison will act as the primary liaison between transition specialist and Department of Health (DOH) and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) staff. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s Open Doors team to manage the provision of transition services with a focus on the NYC area. This will require frequent travel to NYC.
• Participate with Open Doors team to develop and provide training for transition specialists including but not limited to annual trainings, NYAIL conference, regional trainings and one-on-one transition specialist trainings. This will involve travel.
• Utilize program database to identify individual and regional training needs.
• Provide technical assistance to NYC based transition specialists on a regular basis.
• Maintain lists of OPWDD participants who are moving, need quality of life surveys (QoL) and informed consents.
• Meet regularly with OPWDD staff to ensure accuracy of lists and follow-up on requested items.
• Contact OPWDD regarding any necessary assistance and to notify OPWDD of unusual participant circumstances.
• Track completed QoLs and provide them to DOH and OPWDD.
• Meet regularly with DOH staff to review master sheet of transitions and ensure all information is accurate and up to date.
• Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s Peer Outreach and Olmstead Housing Subsidy programs.

Qualifications:
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
• Experience with the concepts of IL, consumer control, and a strong commitment to promote and advocate for the full integration of individuals with disabilities.
• Experience transitioning individuals out of institutions, including familiarity with the development of individualized service plans.
• Knowledge of the state’s Medicaid program and community resources that assist people with disabilities in living independently.
• Experience with Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and OPWDD waivers as well as Medicaid Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) strongly preferred.
• Experience with NYC social service agencies (e.g., HRA) is strongly preferred.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and communication skills.
• Personal experience with disability a plus.

The NYAIL office is based in Albany. The office location for this position can be negotiable, as it will require significant time in Albany and NYC. This is a grant funded position with an existing contract through 9/30/19.

To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted: 4/25/2017

Position Title: Training and Outreach Coordinator

Organization: The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is seeking a Training and Outreach Coordinator for a statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Open Doors Transition Center project is one of two new NYAIL programs funded by the NYS Department of Health as part of the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration, which assures that residents of long-term care facilities are provided objective information and given the opportunity to live in a community based setting. NYAIL is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization that works to remove barriers to full community integration of people with disabilities. NYAIL members are Independent Living Centers (ILCs), consumer controlled, cross-disability providers of advocacy, services and supports to people with disabilities.

Responsibilities:
The Training and Outreach Coordinator will report to the Open Doors Transition Center Project Director and Peer Program Project Director. The Training and Outreach Coordinator will work collaboratively with NYAIL Open Doors subcontracted ILCs. The Training and Outreach Coordinator will develop and provide trainings and outreach for nursing home, ILC and community provider staff. The Training and Outreach Coordinator will also develop and provide trainings for Peers and Transition Specialists. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Work with Open Doors team and consultants to develop training for nursing home staff including but not limited to training on administration of Section Q of the                             Minimum Data Set (MDS) questionnaire.
• Train and manage Regional Training and Outreach Specialists (4) at ILCs to provide trainings across the state.
• Coordinate activities of and provide technical assistance to Training and Outreach Specialists.
• Develop and provide training for transition specialists and peers including but not limited to annual trainings, NYAIL conference, regional trainings, webinars and one-on-one transition specialist/peer trainings.
• Develop evaluation system to assess effectiveness of trainings and identify additional training needs.
• Utilize program database and data provided by the Department of Health to identify and prioritize nursing home training and outreach needs.
• Identify training needs of Training and Outreach Specialists, Transition Specialists and Peers and develop trainings to address these needs.
• Attend and participate in regular meetings with Department of Health and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
• Utilize database and other methods to collect information about trainings/outreach provided and their effectiveness.
• Prepare reports on trainings/outreach provided and needed.
• Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s Olmstead Housing Subsidy program.
• Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Qualifications:
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
• Experience with the concepts of IL, consumer control, and a strong commitment to promote and advocate for the full integration of individuals with disabilities.
• Experience developing and providing trainings to groups is required.
• Experience with public speaking.
• Experience working in or with nursing home staff is preferred.
• Experience transitioning individuals out of institutions, including familiarity with the development of individualized service plans is preferred.
• Experience with Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and OPWDD waivers as well as Medicaid Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) is preferred.
• Experience with peer-run programs within one or more service systems preferred.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and communication skills.
• Personal experience with disability a plus.

Position: This position is located in Albany; however statewide travel is required. This is a grant funded position with an existing contract through 9/30/19.

To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted: 4/18/2017

Position Title: NY Connects Outreach Specialist

Organization: The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley (ILCHV) is a disability rights organization that is led by and inspires people with disabilities to achieve self-determination and advocates for an integrated society. Services are designed to assist individuals with disabilities to gain greater control over their own lives. ILCHV was recently awarded funding through the New York State Office for the Aging to expand the availability of services for people with disabilities that will prevent institutionalization. ILCHV is seeking an NY Connects Specialist to serve Rensselaer, Greene and Columbia Counties.

General Description:
ILCHV is seeking an NY Connects Specialist to serve Rensselaer, Greene and Columbia Counties.

Reports to: Regional Coordinator

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work closely with NY Connects staff and ILC staff to identify resources that support living in the community;
• Outreach to disability agencies, health care providers, hospital social workers/discharge planners, personal care assistance programs, and other agencies that serve people with disabilities in order to make the NY Connects services known to places where people with disabilities utilize services;
• Using a person centered assistance/options counseling approach, meet with consumers and caregivers to assist in identifying the need for long term services that will enable them to remain in the community;
• Provide information and assistance in securing needed services and for individuals transitioning from one setting to another;
• Attend all mandated NY Connects training;
• Actively participate in all Long Term Care Council meetings, as well as other county or region specific meetings that seek to coordinate services for individuals with disabilities.

Qualification:
• Bachelor’s degree and three years experience working with individuals with disabilities or six years of such experience;
• Knowledge of community resources;
• Experience providing person centered assistance/options counseling;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Ability to work independently in the field as well as part of a team;
• Highly organized; demonstrated ability to complete required reporting on time;
• Personal experience with disabilities.

Position: This position is full time (37 ½ hours per week); it is expected the individual will travel up to 50% of the time. Office location at 802 Columbia St. Hudson, NY and Third St. Troy, NY. The salary is $35,000; we offer health/life insurance and paid vacation and sick leave. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Tina McQuiston, NY Connects Regional Coordinator, ILCHV, 15-17 Third Street, Troy NY 12180 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than April 30, 2017.

Posted: 3/31/2017

Position Title: Transition Specialists- 2 Full Time Positions

Organization: Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to empower all people with disabilities to understand and exercise their civil and human rights in order to live fully integrated lives in mainstream society.

General Description:
BILS is seeking to hire two Transition Specialists for a statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Transition Specialist will facilitate and coordinate for individuals residing in institutions, such as Nursing Homes, Hospitals &/or Intermediate Care Facilities, with a comprehensive plan to transition back to living in the community.

Reports to: Transition Coordinator and BILS Executive Team

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Receive referrals from the Transition Coordinator and ensure the transition process is followed through for each consumer
• Provide information, linkage & referrals for individuals and families who are considering, or are in the process of, transitioning back into their community of choice
• Coordinate visits to institutions, provide potential participants with unbiased information regarding available home and community based services, participate in discharge planning, and coordinate with other relevant social service agencies involved in the discharge and transition care of the consumer
• Explain peer mentor program to potential participants and if appropriate provide referral to peer mentor program
• Develop and facilitate person centered plans, secure qualified housing, coordinate home and community services during the transition period, and subsequently ensure continuation of services
• Collaborate with the Transition Coordinator to determine barriers to transition;
• Consult with Transition Coordinator to assist in addressing transition barriers related to medical condition or counseling need
• Ensures all significant client data and service provision details are current and accurate, and that they are documented in a timely manner into database
• Attends agency's in-service trainings, staff meetings as well as any trainings from Open Doors/MFP
• Perform other program-related duties as assigned

Education and/or experience required:

• A degree in Human Services or related field preferred;
• Relevant experience with: governmental agencies; community based long term care projects; non-for profit human service programs
• Preferred candidates should have a working knowledge of issues faced by persons of all ages who are in need of long-term care services, particularly with those related to nursing home transition, and a deep commitment to person-centered planning and consumer choice
• Having basic knowledge of Medicaid eligibility and coverage is a plus
• Experience with NHTD, TBI and/or OPWDD waivers preferred

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:
• Possess excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills
• Ability to actively listen and, when appropriate, counsel throughout the transition process
• Knowledge of community, government/benefits resources that facilitate transition from institutional to community living
• Individual must have time management skills to maintain individual/community outreaches, caseload, documentation and administrative requirements
• Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team
• Must be computer literate on basic Microsoft Office and Internet search use;
• Experience counseling individuals with disabilities preferred
• Respectful and comfortable with persons from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
• Bilingual a plus

Salary: $34,000 with full benefits package available
BILS is an equal opportunity employer with an emphasis on outreach to people with disabilities. We actively recruit and hire qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state laws and practices.

To Apply: Please submit resumes via email to Soji Adu, Deputy Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted 3/31/2017

Position Title: Housing Specialist, Full-Time

Organization: Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS)

Position: BILS is seeking a Housing Specialist for a new statewide pilot program to provide housing subsidies to individuals transitioning or diverting from institutional settings to the community. The Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) program is a project of the New York Association on Independent Living funded by the NYS Department of Health.

Responsibilities:

• Identify housing opportunities for individuals who are in need of housing in order to leave a nursing home, as well as for those who have unstable housing after leaving a nursing home.
• Assist eligible Olmstead Housing Subsidy participants through all steps necessary for enrollment, including: filling out housing applications, obtaining household goods and/or support for moving expenses, arranging unit inspections, etc.
• Work with applicants and/or his/her Transition Specialist, Service Coordinator (SC), Nursing Home Discharge Planner, Care Manager (CM), natural support, or advocate in order to ensure that a support services plan is in place for program enrollment.
• Conduct follow-up after subsidy is initiated including but not limited to verifying occupancy of unit and continued eligibility for program.
• Work to identify landlords, public housing, and private housing in the region which may be suitable for individuals enrolled in the OHS program in the future.
• Maintain a list of available housing in the region, including degree of accessibility, location, proximity to services, and rental costs.
• Track and report on all activities using the statewide project database.

Qualifications:

• Professional experience in housing, community organizing, Independent Living, long term care, and/or disability rights strongly preferred.
• Knowledge of state and local housing policies, practices, laws and issues impacting seniors and people with disabilities preferred.
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Excellent organizational and computer skills; energetic self-starter; ability to travel in NYC and possibly nearby regions.
• An equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the position may be substituted.
• Personal experience with disability a plus.

Salary: 34,000 per year and full benefits package available

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Soji Adu, Deputy Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - NO phone calls please.