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Transitional Care Specialist (Adults)

Date Posted:  Nov 26, 2021
Requisition ID:  268170

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46218


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About NeuroDiagnostic Institute

NeuroDiagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center located on the campus of Community East Hospital in Indianapolis, and operated in partnership with Community Health Network, delivers advanced evaluation and treatment for patients with the most challenging and complex neuropsychiatric illnesses and moves them more efficiently into the most appropriate treatment settings within the community or state mental health system. The NDI is a key component the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s initiative to modernize and reengineer Indiana’s network of state-operated mental health facilities.


This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $25,766.00. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

The Transitional Care Specialist directs assigned mentally ill (MI) clients in daily transitional care programs within a state operated facility. The Specialist assesses client progress and documents program implementation and client behavior while in programs. This role has authority to make changes and modifications as necessary and has active participation in the decision to transition client to appropriate placement outside the institution.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Provides motivational techniques, counsels, teaches and demonstrates daily living skills as prescribed in the individual treatment plan;
  • Teaches clients to plan for leisure time activities;
  • Conducts ongoing assessments of clients’ training needs to meet treatment plan objective for transitional living;
  • Conducts leisure/recreational/vocational and daily living programs;
  • Advises clients regarding appropriate social behavior;
  • Provides a safe environment for client that will be conducive to learning and promotes self-esteem and self-sufficiency;
  • Coordinates client activities under the direction of a professional by adapting prescribed treatment plan to individual client needs;
  • Observes, records and reports the conditions and changes in the behavior of individuals which may affect the health and safety of the individual or others including staff;
  • Develops clients’ community living skills through activities such as daily living skills exercises (grocery shopping, accessing public transportation, locating community providers, etc.);
  • Maintains clients’ money and distributes as appropriate to individual treatment program (e.g. to teach budgeting skills);
  • Assists in carrying out occupational therapy/recreational therapy programs to maximize individual’s capacity for independent living;
  • Performs routine clerical functions to include: scheduling, ordering supplies, filing of progress notes and answering ward/unit telephone;
  • Obtains drugs from pharmacy and administers and charts medicine under the direction of Registered Nurse;
  • Assists in managing aggressive behavior of clients;
  • Performs basic first aid in case of patient injury such as applying antiseptic, bandages or utilizing CPR techniques and Heimlich maneuver as necessary;
  • Transports clients to various activities and appointments (on and off grounds);

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Specialized knowledge of, and ability to follow, various teaching, therapeutic and treatment techniques;
  • Specialized knowledge of the principles and methods needed to ensure therapeutic rehabilitation programs;
  • Specialized knowledge of needs of mentally ill client groups;
  • Practical knowledge of teaching techniques such as motivation, progress assessment, charting and behavior modification procedures with the ability to apply these skills as required;
  • Ability to obtain proper certification for the administration of medications and working knowledge of common reactions of medications and necessary precautions to be taken;
  • Ability to perform CPR, First Aid and aggressive behavior techniques;
  • Ability to operate routine medical equipment;
  • Ability to complete required documentation in a timely and accurate manner;
  • Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle in the State of Indiana;
  • Ability to maintain and distribute client trust accounts;
  • Ability to recognize behaviors in clients or others and take appropriate action;
  • Working knowledge of existing mental health provider systems.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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