The newest program to join the Wellnest trauma-informed, quality set of interventions and practice, the Children Outreach Triage Team (COTT) and the Outreach Triage Team (OTT) provides immediate intervention to assist Children (birth to 16 years old), Transition Aged Youth (TAY) (16 to 21 years old), and their parents/caregivers in de-escalating behaviors that impact life functioning. The purpose of the COTT/OTT teams is to address an urgent crisis and begin to provide services, support and linkage to children and TAY assessed by Psychiatric Mobile Response Team (PMRT) and/or Law Enforcement Team (LET) who have been evaluated for involuntary hospitalization or at risk of placement disruption BUT do not meet criteria and are in need of immediate crisis intervention and support. The COTT/OTT teams will be deployed as referrals come in from PMRT and/or LET requesting services and supports to clients in the home, home-like setting, out in the field, or wherever those services may be needed in the community. Adding Parent Partners (staff with lived experience) as members of each COTT/OTT team creates an additional level of trust for the parents/caregivers and will allow strong relationships to develop between the COTT/OTT staff, clients, and their families/caregivers. If COTT/OTT teams are able to address an urgent crisis and begin to provide services, emergent crises and involuntary hospitalization can be averted, thus realizing decreased trauma for the clients and families. Service planning areas covered are SA (Service Area) 6 and SA 5. At any given time, the COTT/OTT teams will be connecting clients for ongoing linkage and supportive services that would generally last up to ninety (90) days, until a face-to-face connection is made to a mental health services team.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
The Parent/Peer Partner will work as part of a multidisciplinary team supporting the provision of services to children, youth, adults and their families/caregivers. The Parent/Peer Partner works closely with assigned child(ren)’s parent and/or caregiver(s) to represent their best interests and participate as a member in the Child and Family Team (CFT) Meeting, IEPs, and other external meetings as needed. The Parent/Peer Partner provides services in the field and in office as needed. The Parent/Peer Partner demonstrates a strong ability to communicate in a team, mobilize and motivate people.
Provide peer/parent support to children, youth, adults and their families/caregivers to promote stability and improve functioning.
Support and facilitate community linkages for children, youth, adults and their families/caregivers.
Foster support and trust with children, youth, adults and their families/caregivers to create strong relationship through which clients and their families/caregivers receive the services and resources they need.