Making It Happen
Role and Responsibility:The role of the Get Connected Case Manager (GCCM) is to screen individuals for services, complete an intake assessment, develop a case plan, and provide or connect individuals to identified resources and services.
All project staff, including the Case Management Staff, will ensure that programming is infused with trauma-informed principles that:• Recognize the high prevalence of traumatic experiences in persons residing and working in communities with a high concentration of firearm violence,• Include an understanding of the impact of trauma on staff and personnel working with individuals residing in these communities,• Include an understanding of the impact of trauma on brain development, physical and emotional health and the impact on the community and individuals living in the community,• Creates a safe space, provides support, and builds resiliency in individuals impacted by trauma.
Key case management activities include:• Provide warm hand off referrals to service providers who can triage services to effective and culturally relevant emotional or trauma related therapies, housing services, employment training, job placement services, pro-social engagement, and other non-violent support services. • Assess immediate crisis needs of clients and address appropriately by working with the service area's Violence Prevention Coordinating Council (VPCC), (formerly known as Local Advisory Council) and other organizations providing violence prevention services to determine adequate coverage and response to shooting incidents referred by the police and through other reporting mechanisms.• Provide advocacy services and support to those impacted by violence,• Coordinate street outreach activities through geography, target populations, etc.• Assist clients to develop a safety plan that includes being connected to emergency street de-escalation tactics, and other identified wraparound services to complete goals.• Meet regularly with clients to develop and support case plan accomplishment, refer clients to other agencies and resources and advocate directly with other agencies as needed to help client access necessary services. • Assist in the scheduling of and attendance at meetings, and appointments with clients at their request and direction. Ensure that programming is infused with trauma-informed principles that:• Participate in monthly and emergency meetings with other Reimagine Violence Prevention grantees/providers in the community to share knowledge and strategies of the neighborhood violence dynamic. Monthly and emergency meetings will be convened by the OFVP and/or each municipality's VPCC with the intent to facilitate a meaningful collaborative action planning across providers.• Accept and make referrals, when appropriate, to/from other Reimagine Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Youth Intervention, and Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health funded providers within each municipality.• Fully participate in community violence prevention coordination activities including but not limited to:o attending monthly and emergency meetings,o sharing recommendations on how to reduce violent conflict in the neighborhood,o sharing knowledge of and strategies to address the community violence dynamic,o participate in available learning communities.
Required Experience/Qualifications:Thorough knowledge of how systemic racism and the disenfranchisement of persons living within the geographical areas carved out for the impact and purposes of this grant funded position. We would like to offer this position to those with lived experience. High School Diploma or GED not required but preferred. Additionally, preference given to candidates with experience in social/human services field with experience working in case management, community engagement, social service, grassroots organizations, or the equivalent. Training in multiple community areas will be provided with this position.Possession of a valid Illinois driver’s license.
Supervision Received:Get Connected Case Manager will report to the Get Connected Executive Director.
Grant Funding Advisement:This position is 100% funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Gun Violent Prevention. Grant funding for the current grant period expires on June 30, 2024. Acceptance of this position shall not be construed as a guarantee of employment beyond the grant-funded period.