Qualified Mental Health Professional – IPS in Chicago, IL at Ada S McKinley

Date Posted: 3/26/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description


INTENSIVE PLACEMENT STABILIZATION is a short-term placement stabilization program that provides services to youth within DCFS Foster Care and the Foster parent. INTENSIVE PLACEMENT STABILIZATION is expected to provide a mix of formal and informal supports to families to promote placement stability. As such, each service array is flexible, individualized and tailored to the needs of the child and family. A typical service array might include therapy, respite, family support, crisis intervention, recreation supplies, tutoring, school advocacy, and psychosocial education. Each service and intervention must directly correspond to a CANS finding and must be recorded in the child's Individual Plan of Care. The INTENSIVE PLACEMENT STABILIZATION provider plans, organizes, staffs and administers a community-based program that provides an array of critical, intensive therapeutic interventions and/or facilitation services to clients with emotional and behavioral problems for whom DCFS is legally responsible to achieve crisis resolution and placement stabilization. Services may include, but are not limited to, individual therapy, family support, psychosocial education, tutoring, etc.

Basic Job Function:

Under the supervision of a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA), may provide some or all of the following: clinical assessment, treatment planning, crisis intervention, coordination with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), collaboration with purchase of servicer agency (POS), case management, community support, therapy/counseling, and administer direct clinical interventions to children, adolescents, and their families experiencing acute and chronic emotional/behavioral problems that potentially impact the foster care placement stability. The IPS Clinician will provide these services in a variety of settings - primarily within the home or community.

Reporting Relationship:

Reports To: Clinical Team Lead and /or Behavior Health Manager, and/or Director of Clinical Services

Supervises (Position Title): None

Principal Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Working knowledge of IPS criteria and requirements. Ability to communicate and coordinate with DCFS and POS providers. Maintains IPS Caseload and execution of program requirements per the IPS contract. Completes and submits documentation of services according to the Agency and IPS workflows.
  • Participate in Clinical Interventions for Placement Preservation Staffing’s (CIPP) upon request by DCFS. Provides support and direct services to the family for a minimum of 6 months in order to maintain stabilization in the home, and requests for an extension IPS services, if services beyond 6 months are needed.
  • Must become certified in CANS (Comprehensive Assessment of Needs and Strengths) and IATP (Integrated Assessments and Treatment Plans) to deliver program specific services accordingly. Performs (IATP) for children and adolescents referred for IPS if additional outpatient treatment not provided in IPS is needed. This includes the ability to develop and successfully provide a diagnostic assessment consistent with all Axis of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and International Classification of Diseases, or their successors. Assures that all services provided are in compliance with standards of informed consent, maintenance of client rights, and standards of confidentiality.
  • Maintains direct service implementation included in the client's treatment plan. Engages client in clinical therapeutic rehabilitative services, case management, community support, crisis intervention, and mental health stabilization.
  • Provides consultation with other professional service providers in accordance with the current administrative code.
  • Prepares and oversees case presentation for clinical review at specified points of service, including initial assessments, treatment planning review, treatment staffing reviews and case closure.
  • Performs individual and family therapy as identified in the treatment plan at a level of professional competence commensurate with established protocols.
  • Assures that all clients are linked with appropriate treatment, educational, social, recreational, and medical resources during and prior to completion of service.
  • Maintains current knowledge regarding services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Participates in agency in-service trainings, as well as self and supervisor directed advanced skill-trainings. Maintains and adheres to current rules and regulations pertaining to services delivered by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Department of Children & Family Services, Illinois Healthcare & Family Services, including the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA), and Office of the Inspector General.
  • Participates at an advanced level with colleagues, agency consultants, intra and inter-agency service coordination, and community-planning and advocacy on behalf of clients served.
  • Documents service provisions consistent with the treatment plan and assures that all identified services are provided in accordance to Agency/Program, and current administrative codes for the delivery of community mental health treatment services. Maintains client confidentiality and adheres to guidelines defined by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Performs other duties commensurate with the responsibilities outlined herein.
  • Maintains current and accurate documentation of client services (billable/non-billable), client scheduling, consultation, and other events related to the maintenance of the client's electronic health record.

Mental/Physical Demands: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Environmental Conditions:  Staff are expected to have the ability to work remotely from home if necessary, and with Supervisory approval. Safety Protocols while at the office and while providing services within the community are to be strictly adhered. 

Job Requirements


  • This position requires a minimum of a master's degree in counseling and guidance, rehabilitation counseling, social work, vocational counseling, psychology, pastoral counseling, family therapy, or a related field as defined by the governing mental health authority. In addition, the individual must have successfully completed a practicum and/or internship which includes a minimum of 1,000 hours, or one year of clinical experience under a Licensed Qualified Mental Health Professional, including QMHP physician's, licensed clinical psychologists, or registered nurses licensed under the Illinois Nursing Act of 1987 with at least one year of clinical experience in a mental health setting.
  • The position requires the use of a personal auto, valid driver's license, and Motor Vehicle report acceptable to the agency's broker and verification of insurance coverage.
  • Demonstrate the experiences, beliefs, attitude, and awareness that indicate cultural sensitivity to the client population served.
  • Ability to partner with clients individually, and families, to help them mobilize resources and their inner capacity to address problems they face.
  • Ability to coordinate effectively with other team members, other Agency resources and outside services in addressing client needs.

This description documents the general contents and requirements of the job. It is not to be construed as an exhausted statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. The principal duties and responsibilities shown are all essential job functions except for those indicated with an asterisk (*). The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.