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CHILD WELFARE SENIOR SPECIALIST - Psychiatric Hospital Program Specialist

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Date:  Aug 4, 2022

Joliet, IL, US, 60435-6724

Job Requisition ID:  17284

Agency :  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time: 08/18/2022
Salary:   $6,175-$9,314(Anticipated starting salary range: $6,175-$9,314)  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Will  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC063  


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


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Posting Identification Number  [[158776]]

Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented Individual to serve as Psychiatric Hospital Program Specialist. Under direction, this position will provide professional child welfare services involving psychiatric hospital care programs for children and youth with special needs to ensure programs l are able to meet the individual needs of children. The position monitors and assesses psychiatric hospital care programs to ensure compliance with state regulations and best practice care, as well as compliance with standards regarding appropriate clinical capacity, admission requirements, and overall performance. This position provides a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about children and interested in playing a role in ensuring that children and youth with special needs receive the services they need. DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program. The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills and strong communication skills. We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families of Illinois.  

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as Psychiatric Hospital Program Specialist
  2. Monitors and assesses psychiatric hospital care programs to ensure compliance with state regulations and best practice care, as well as compliance with standards regarding appropriate clinical capacity, admission requirements, and overall performance
  3. Provides input into ongoing quarterly clinical staffings
  4. Reviews management reports regarding psychiatric hospital care program performance and monitors corrective action plans, advising on and directing implementation of appropriate corrective action
  5. Identifies significant developments, patterns of performance problems, or other program issues and submits reports to appropriate Department staff to ensure that DCFS management and agency managers are aware of deficiencies and program weaknesses
  6. Prepares and maintains necessary documentation for evaluating psychiatric hospital
  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or other related human service areas, including, but not limited to, education or special education
  • Requires five years of progressively responsible professional experience, including at least two years of demonstrated experience in interacting and negotiating, primarily on an independent basis, with other systems of services (mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, specialized medical, special education) to ensure that children with special needs gain access to such services, with such experience having been in directing services for children in clinical settings for children OR two years of supervisory experience in providing services to special needs children in a state or private human service agency


Specialized Skills

  1. Of the previously noted years of experience, requires three years of experience in mental health services in an inpatient or outpatient psychiatric setting, two of which include directing services for children and youth in a psychiatric setting.



Conditions of Employment

  • Requires a valid driver's license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance
  • Requires ability to pass a background check
  • Requires physical, visual and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties


Work Hours:  M-F 8:30am- 5:00pm  
Work Location: 1619 W Jefferson St Joliet, IL 60435-6724  
Agency Contact:


Phone #:312-814-3791

Job Family:  Social Services  



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DCFS is deeply committed to the welfare and protection of children.  Our goal is to protect children by strengthening and supporting families.  In every effort, from receiving hotline calls to reaching family reunification or foster care and adoption, children and families are our focus.