The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is seeking a Statewide Transition Specialist & Peer Liaison for a statewide initiative to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community. The Open Doors Transition Center and Peer Outreach and Referral projects are NYAIL programs funded by the NYS Department of Health as part of the 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.
The Statewide Transition Specialist & Peer Liaison will report to the Open Doors Project Directors 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 statewide. The Statewide Transition Specialist & Peer Liaison will act as a liaison between transition specialist and Department of Health (DOH) and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) staff. They will also provide support to the Peer Outreach and Referral program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s Open Doors team to manage the provision of transition services statewide.
• 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.
• Provide ongoing support and assistance to transition specialists throughout the state through technical assistance calls.
• Utilize program database to identify individual and regional training needs.
• Monitor completion and accuracy of quality of life surveys (QoL) and informed consents. Track completed QoLs and provide them to DOH and OPWDD.
• Maintain and update program database to ensure proper information is recorded for each participant.
• Meet regularly with NYS Department of Health & OPWDD staff to ensure accuracy of lists and follow-up on requested items to ensure all information is accurate and up to date.
• Contact NYS DOH & OPWDD regarding any necessary assistance and to notify respective agencies of unusual participant circumstances.
• Provide assistance to the Peer Outreach and Referral program director including ongoing database maintenance, data entry, ensuring timely, accurate contact notes, invoice review and other duties as assigned by the program director.
• Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s Olmstead Housing Subsidy programs.
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
• Experience with the concepts of Independent Living, 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.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and communication skills.
• Personal experience with disability a plus.
This is an Albany-based position. Regional and statewide travel required. Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Statewide Transition Specialist & Peer Liaison” and your last name in subject line.