Unit Director for Dually Diagnosed IDD and MH

Posted by Resources for Human Development on November 14, 2016


The Unit Director for Dually Diagnosed IDD and MH is responsible for ensuring the creation of an environment conducive to the provision of supports for adults supported by the Unit, including providing supervision to ensure adherence to the Pa 6400 Regulations for supporting IDD program participants with clinical needs in a residential setting in the community. The Unit Director is held accountable for ensuring that the program is managed and held to the highest standards. This includes policy development, reporting fiscal spending, personnel safety, consumer service programs, and funder community relations. A commitment to the RHD values should be demonstrated as job duties are performed.

Essential Duties And Functions

  • Create an environment that empowers individuals through the development of skills and coordination of resources and supportive services
  • Conduct an annual evaluation of the overall unit performance and adjust current systems or create new systems as indicated by outcomes
  • Establish a protocol for communication with Unit management team and all staff as well as Division leaders.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the established protocol regularly and adjust as needed
  • Work in collaboration with corporate Quality Clinical Department and other internal and external supports to create and evaluate the efficacy of the unit s services.This is achieved through the collection,measurement and assessment of outcomes driven data
  • Ensure that there is a system in place to support the consistent application of clinical interventions
  • Active participation in all aspect of clinical team plan development, implementation and assessment. Maintain current knowledge of evidence based practices and implementation practices to adhere to and incorporate all corporate initiatives into the operations of the program
  • Oversee day-to-day program operations and ensure compliance with applicable regulations
  • Oversee the implementation of clinical recommendations and follow-up with consultants
  • Collaborate with PA IDD Division leadership which includes Quality and other Units to write and implement all required plans of correction
  • Maintain open communication with individuals, family members, funding sources, community resources and regulatory agencies
  • Build and maintain effective community relations with local community groups and organizations
  • Attend relevant conferences and meetings specific to PA IDD and pertinent topics to Unit
  • Ensure that unit capacity is maintained and respond to potential referrals, developing new sites as indicated
  • Collaborate with other Unit Directors of IDD systems throughout RHD for sharing of best practices and resources
  • Ensure that trainings are provided and support is accessible and acceptable for staff who may experience compassion fatigue
  • Participate in employee orientation and training as needed
  • Provide direct supervision to Assistant Directors
  • Participate in employee progressive discipline for Assistant Directors and Site Supervisors and Unit Clinicians.
  • Participate in first level grievances for direct support professionals in conjunction with HR
  • Maintain open lines of communication with all Unit staff
  • Attend monthly meetings at the sites quarterly at minimum
  • Complete all documentation necessary as related to operations of the program
  • Support quality improvement plans as outlined by Division
  • Develop and update program policies in coordination corporate, funder and PA IDD division leadership
  • Ensure that confidentiality policies and procedures are followed
  • Maintain a fiscally responsible program through ongoing communication and coordination with Assistant Directors and Unit management and Division leaders.
  • Develop and monitor the efficacy and quality of systems related to fiscal accounting, tracking and reporting
  • Review budget with all staff at least semi-annually
  • Participate in fiscal audits
  • Implement RHD values and Best Practices across the unit
  • Maintain an on-call administrative status as part of the management team
  • Complete at least 24 hours of in-service training as required by DPW 6400 regulations
  • Utilize all required technology to complete reporting requirements and submit necessary data within a timely fashion
  • Represent the Unit in a professional manner and model leadership and boundaries at all times
  • All other duties as requested by Division leaders


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