Data Assistant Associate collects, reviews, verifies, validates, codes and inputs data into a computer processing system; audits output data. Identifies and resolves production related errors. Maintains and revises procedural lists, control records and coding schemes to process source data. Consults and supports DCFS statewide foster care services, including specialized care, adolescent care, and other home based alternatives for children and youth; plans and provides consultation on permanency issues; develops effective, consistent program models and protocols governing consistent intake, step-down, transfer, extension and discharge.
Participates in team and other departmental meetings to share experiences, learn about what other teams are doing and help solve problems.
Identify youth for appropriate treatment intensities in the foster care system. This includes facilitating Regional Matching Meetings with the case management team, residential and specialized foster care providers statewide.
Triage new cases to care per DCFS Policy and Procedure with Child Protection regarding new youth to care with special needs to determine if youth warrants higher service intensity than traditional foster care can provide. This role includes emergency response to Child Protection staff in order to identify appropriate specialized foster care programs and placements for children/youth. This determination includes discussions with psychiatric & medical providers, child protection, intact personnel, clinical staff, and nursing. Act as liaison with the various DCFS department and private agency sectors until placement is secured.
Consults with the Clinical Intervention for Placement Preservation (CIPP) staff, providers and the case management staff, on the Centralized Matching process, including oversight, intervention and data analysis.
Revising program plans for foster care programs, policy & procedure for the division.
Participates in a variety of workgroups aimed at improving the overall DCFS systems.
Receives, collects, reviews, edits, and enters data.
Evaluate trends and areas of improvement regarding stability of youth transitioning from residential placements to specialized foster care.
Provides assistance and works in a variety of data systems (Central Matching, Central E-filing, and IMSA) that support the day to day work within the Division.
Acts as liaison between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations &/or other research &/or educational institutions.
Liaison between the UIC’s Child Adolescent Treatment Unit (CATU) and the Placement Resource Services Unit of DCFS. This includes significant follow up and collaboration in order to ensure thoughtful transition plans for youth.
Liaison to specialized foster care agencies as needed. Performs audits of agencies and provides recommendations for service and file enhancement.
Identifies trends and needed areas of improvement within specialized foster care & specialized agency performance.
Other duties as assigned.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
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