Activities and Living Skills Coordinator

Program: IRTS Bloomington
Classification: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Mental Health Worker Supervisor
FTE: 0.50

Position Summary

The purpose of this position is to assess independent living skills and collaborate in treatment planning, coordination of and participation in specific skills training for residents identified.

Essential Job Functions


  • Maintain the vision, mission and values of Touchstone Mental Health (TMH).
  • Remain up-to-date regarding the various programs of TMH.
  • Remain up-to-date regarding agency policies and procedures and perform all functions in accordance with TMH policies and procedures.
  • Provide the highest quality of customer service consistent with TMH’s values and standards.

Supportive & Motivational Client Relations

  • Work within the community and among constituents to help create comprehensive relationships that align one’s own and the organizations priorities with the needs and values of the broader community.
  • Serve as a role model for residents regarding problem solving, decision-making, conflict resolutions, independent living skills (ILS) and responsibilities.
  • Supervise residents to ensure an atmosphere of safety, security and responsible mental health care.
  • Observe residents’ behavior as well as physical and emotional symptoms and take action as needed. Perform behavioral management interventions according to resident risk reduction plan, crisis plan, and individual treatment plan.
  • Learn the ILS development needs of each resident in order to participate in implementation of goals and objectives in the areas of meal planning and preparation, housekeeping, laundry, proper use of household appliances and furniture, shopping, and budgeting.
  • Establish and run a resident group focused on independent living skills and a resident group focused on other interests at least once a week. Partner closely with residents to create the agendas for groups based on individual treatment plans and personal interests.
  • Partner closely with residents to select and schedule one-to-one activities and group activities, which may be held in-house or within the community. Accept and manage confirmations as needed.
  • Prepare for scheduled groups and activities. Purchase tickets and supplies; ensure transportation is available; and setup as needed.
  • Participate in scheduled groups and activities and ensure residents are satisfied with them.
  • Close out scheduled groups and activities. Cleanup from activities as needed. Chart activities and record required information, including attendance.
  • Follow budget guidelines when completing groups and activities; track expenses; and accurately complete expense reports.
  • Establish supportive and motivational relationships with residents. Educate and coach residents on independent living skills. Resolve conflicts and assist residents in crisis when needed.
  • Participate and assist in facilitation of weekly house meeting.

Program Administration

  • Provide ILS assessment and treatment plan development; coordinate treatment/ILS goals with staff and assist residents to increase or gain daily living skills.
  • Assess ILS development needs in order to participate in establishing treatment plan goals and objectives in this area; Review and understand residents’ level of functioning and primary vulnerabilities. Make accommodations as needed to assure resident and staff safety.
  • Meet and coordinate with residents on a regular basis to plan in-house and community-based ILS activities and assure that the plans are implemented. Provide training, demonstration, and observation in the form of one to one and group sessions about living skills areas. Assist residents in setting up and implementing activities that match their needs and abilities.
  • Utilize the formal and informal decision making structures within the organization and in the field to achieve goals.
  • Develop and update ILS curriculum, assessment and treatment planning and outcome data. Collaborate with staff about functional & ILS assessment, treatment plan development and reviews, discharge and ongoing implementation of ILS activities, resident goals and objectives and intervention recommendations.
  • Provide professional documentation for each significant interaction with a resident or group, including attendance in one to one and group ILS activities, significant interactions, particularly as related to individual treatment plans, and according to program policy and applicable standards of care. Participate in charting in the client/staff/medical logs.

Program Team Member

  • Develop and demonstrate a set standard of personal expectations for excellence in quality and quantity of work.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build relationships and work cooperatively with others, be part of a team, express positive attitudes and expectations of others, build team commitment by promoting good working relationships regardless of personal likes or dislikes, and sustain professional contacts for the purposes of networking within the team and the field.
  • Function effectively as a member of the residential treatment team.
  • Participate in overall treatment process with other staff and residents.
  • As a part of the team, ensure an atmosphere of safety, security and responsible mental health care.
  • Participate in daily shift change briefings concerning residents and facility. Provide all written and verbal information to other staff in a thorough, timely, legible, accurate, objective manner. Review client log daily.
  • Maintain a collaborative, problem solving relationship team members. Provide regular communication regarding residents’ progress, health issues and significant events to staff, community case managers, other providers, & family members, as needed.
  • Maintain an underlying curiosity and desire to know more about things, people or issues, including the desire for knowledge and staying current with health, organizational, industry and professional trends and developments.
  • Utilize best practices in facilitation, conflict resolution, and meeting management when conducting productive and goal-oriented group interactions.
  • Participate in treatment team and clinical meetings to regularly review and update individual treatment plans based on the changing needs and functioning levels of residents.
  • Contribute to team effort to assure medication administration follows policies & procedures. Monitor the self-administration of medications by residents, as necessary.
  • Assist in orienting new team members about ILS programming.

Other Duties

  • Share in motor vehicle training and maintenance with Community Resource Specialist.
  • Serve on agency committees and task forces as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements

The work of this position entails the use of standard office equipment. This position requires the ability to drive an automobile on a daily basis. This position is approved to use agency vehicles. The work of this position requires that the incumbent be able to see, hear, speak, read and write English clearly in order to ensure client welfare and development. The incumbent must be able to lift up to 20 pounds, use all household equipment, as well as bend, stoop, stand and pull in order to perform or demonstrate independent living skills using household appliances and equipment. The incumbent must be able to walk up and down stairs, access client’s bedrooms, drive a car and use the telephone.


Education and Experience

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must maintain a clean driving record, a current driver’s license, and acceptable auto insurance.
  • Must have previous experience providing independent living skills.
  • Experience or knowledge of chemical dependency preferred.
  • Must meet the requirements of either A, B, or C:

A. Holds a bachelor’s degree or has completed at least 30 semester credits or 45 quarter credits in behavioral sciences or related fields; AND:

  • Has completed a practicum or internship that (1) required direct interaction with adults or children served, and (2) focused on behavioral sciences or related fields; OR
  • Has at least 2,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of services to persons with mental illness, substance use disorder, emotional disturbance, traumatic brain injury, or developmental disabilities.

B. Has at least 4,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of services to persons with mental illness, substance use disorder, emotional disturbance, traumatic brain injury, or developmental disabilities.

C. Holds a master’s or other graduate degree in behavioral sciences or related fields.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work with people who have severe and persistent mental illness and chemical dependency.
  • Ability to supervise facility as senior staff on shift when necessary.
  • Ability to provide collaborative oversight for a work shift.
  • Knowledge and ability to facilitate groups.
  • Ability to teach basic living skills and provide support, assistance and care for residents. Ability to serve as an appropriate role model for residents.
  • Knowledge of and ability to intervene appropriately in crisis prevention and de-escalation when necessary.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform medication-related tasks.
  • Commitment to understanding others by genuinely seeking to know people as individuals, understand different points of view by gaining the insights of others, and cultivate cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated ethics, sound professional practice, social accountability and community stewardship. Ability to act openly and honestly and promote organizational integrity.
  • Ability to act confidently within one’s role and own abilities and to take on challenging assignments.
  • Awareness of one’s own strengths and development needs, and ability to seek feedback routinely on performance.
  • Ability to understand a situation by breaking it into smaller pieces, identifying barriers or obstacles to address current or future problems or opportunities.
  • Ability to speak and write in a clear, logical and grammatical manner in formal and informal situations.
  • Ability to be flexible in meeting scheduling needs.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of resident information.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite.

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