Requisition Number: PA007-famls-h-01-2020-01
Job Title: Family Living Specialist
City: Nazareth
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 6
Salary Range: $18.75 to $19.71

Family Living Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

The Life Sharing Specialist position holds the responsibility of supporting the health, safety, and growth of the individuals in a Life Sharing program that incorporates host families, consumer owned homes, independent contractors, Direct Support Professionals and strong involvement with biological families as applicable. Job duties will include integration into the community, skill building, addressing programmatic concerns, incident reporting and adhering to state and federal regulations as well well as corporate and program policies, procedures and expectations. A commitment to the RHD values should be demonstrated as job duties are performed.



  • Create an environment that empowers individuals through the development of skills and coordination of resources and supportive services
    Oversee the quality of programmatic plans, community access, volunteer opportunities, work experiences, and necessary services and supports that are provided
    Advocate for the individual’s needs
    Represent  program in a professional manner, and model leadership and professional boundaries Protect all HIPAA related information Attend and document ISP meetings, and ISP reviews.  Ensure all ISP’s are accurate and person-centeredDocument all issues in obtaining an accurate ISP as per team meetings and billing requirements, and report any difficulties to the Director
    Assist individuals in determining what type of living situation, outcomes, volunteer opportunities, and work experiences would meet their needs and preferences
    Create, review and implement individual outcomes, action steps, progress notes and additional data sheets to monitor individual progress.Reconcile individual money with the individual and host family.Ensure proper money ledgers, receipts, attendance logs, provider billing are sent to the Fiscal Admin in a timely mannerTrain and document Host Families and Direct Support Professionals in how to implement ISP’s, behavior plans and outcomes as neededComplete site visits with the individual present monthly or more often as needed. Attend, assist in the planning of and actively participate in all team meetingsDevelop, write, present, and train restrictive procedure plans and SEEP’sMaintain a minimum of 24-hours of in-service trainings per calendar yearEnsure the host families receive 24 hours of in-service training or any additional trainings Organize, maintain and update consumer files in accordance with the PA Chapter 6500 regulations and program requirementsMaintain tracking systems to ensure files are updated as required, and conduct self-audits on required documentationEnter data and maintain the Electronic Health RecordCoordinate and participate in licensing preparations and provider monitoring paperworkCoordinate with, educate and assist new Life Sharing Providers to prepare new homes for the self- licensing assessmentComplete and review annual assessments and distribute it to the ISP team as per regulatory standardsComplete and review with the individual all assessments, RPPs and SEEPs, and quarterlies within regulatory standards. Notify Director of any billing issues as soon as identified. Correct and document all billing issues and address the issue with the SC
    Ensure that all service delivery forms, progress notes, data sheets and other forms as required by the regulationsMaintain open and professional communication with all team membersCoordinate and attend monitoring visits  Attend licensing visits, and provide information as requested by the licensor
    Work with SC’s and outside agencies to address any funding issues identifies through PROMISe eligibility checksParticipant in all program audits Attend as an active participant in all meetingsStay abreast of changes in the IDD world and specifically the PA Life Sharing systemBe an active participant in interviewing and choosing new potential Life Sharing providers as well assist in the coordination and implementation of the contract procedureAttend as an active participate in supervisory meetings with the Director in order to obtain clear feedback, directions, training or problem resolution strategies.Serve as incident management point person, determine if an incident is reportable and accurately complete EIM reportsCoordinate visits to homes for potential new intakes
    Coordinate all admissions and discharges of consumers. Be in active participant in all transitional planning. Stay abreast of all changes occurring in service delivery as directed by ODP, RHD, or the counties via meetings and conference

Required Experience

At least one year case management experience in supporting individuals in a lifesharing program, supportive living, community based residential program with a focus on person centered planning. 

Required Education

Master Degree from an accredited educational program with 1 years experience working directly with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, or

Bachelor Degree from an accredited educational program with 2 years experience working directly with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities or

Associates Degree from an accredited educational program with 4 years experience working directly with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities or

High School with 6 years experience working directly with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities

All candidates are expected to be able to meet all job requirements.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of state and federal regulations
  • Demonstrate strong professionalism, organizational, leadership, flexibility, multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in written form
  • Ability to support and implement RHD’s Values as well as the philosophy of Life Sharing
  • Ability to engage clients, host families and Direct Support Professionals in effective, therapeutic and healthy interactions
  • Ability to utilize and navigate Microsoft programs and applications
  • Strong computer skills
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to attend meetings and home visits out of the office

Program Summary

Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran, or disability status.


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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.