Skill Builders focus on the developmental stage of the child and work with the child towards achieving age appropriate developmental tasks. In collaboration with the Individual Care Coordinator, they design and provide activities that assist children in developing skills for performing age appropriate tasks needed to live successfully in their homes and communities. Skill Builders help the child to identify current assets and strategies for acquiring desired ones. Skill Builders may work with an individual Waiver child or groups of Waiver children on developing specific social skills necessary for acceptable social interactions such as how to give and receive a compliment, how to start a conversation, how to ask for something, the etiquette of common courtesy, etc. Activities may support areas such as completing schoolwork, being part of a team, handling money and activities of daily living. Skill Builders may also work with youth in developing skills for independent living and in accessing vocational skills training. They may also work with the Waiver child’s family, including siblings, in teaching them how to best support the child in maintaining the skill sets.
Respite Care Services Workers
Respite Workers temporarily care for the Waiver child, on an emergency or planned basis, providing relief from care-giving responsibilities for the family. This eases the on-going stress often experienced by families of children with serious emotional disturbances. Respite Workers supervise the child and engage the child in recreational activities that support his/her constructive interests and abilities. Respite may occur in the child’s home, the respite worker’s home or in the community with one child or a group, as defined in Waiver Billing Rules, of Waiver children.
Skill Building Service workers must:
- be at least 18 years of age;
- have experience working with children (preference given to those with experience working with children with special needs);
- have some high school education (a high school diploma or G.E.D. preferred)
- be supervised by an individual who meets the criteria for a “qualified mental health staff person“ found in 14 NYCRR 594 or 14 NYCRR 595;
- be cleared by the State Child Abuse Registry; and
- complete fingerprinting for a criminal history background clearance (if hired after April 1, 2005).
Respite Care Services Workers
Respite workers must:
- be staff of an OMH-certified Community Residence, including Crisis Residence, which has an OMH Operating Certificate demonstrating compliance with 14 NYCRR 594;
- be a respite worker who:
- is at least 18 years of age for daytime and 21 for overnight services;
- has experience working with children (preference given to those with experience working with children with special needs);
- has some high school education (a high school diploma or G.E.D. is preferred) and
- is supervised by an individual who meets the criteria for a “qualified mental health staff person“1 found in 14 NYCRR 594 or 14 NYCRR 595; and
- is cleared by the State Child Abuse Registry; and
- has completed fingerprinting for a criminal history background clearance (if hired after April 1, 2005).