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Community Integration Advocate

Career Highlights

  • Help people in unfortunate circumstances
  • Assist individuals in the community
  • Collaborates with other advocates to determine solutions

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Career Summary

Social ServicesSocial services cross a wide variety of careers. For example, work in human and social services includes public administration, social and human service assistants, social workers, counselors and child care workers. The community integration advocate’s primary job is to assist individuals in the community by accessing a variety of local support services that usually includes state funded services and housing. The community integration advocate is responsible for receiving rights violations, complaints, determining eligibility and administering case services.

They exercise independent judgment within an agency and determine client case level services. This may include interviewing clients, reviewing legal records, negotiating settlements, mediating disputes, supervising referrals, and representing clients in administrative hearings. The community integration advocate needs to have a demonstrated working knowledge of the program(s) that they are working in for their clients such as Medicare, Medicaid, HUD Housing or Disability Act services.

The community integration advocate analyzes problems based on client information, collaborates with other advocates to determine solutions and implements problem resolution and will participate in different community and group activities in order to network and present information regarding services and programs. Most community integration advocates will perform outreach duties to program residents, outside facilities and or other institutional settings.

Salary

$30000*

Education

Requires a degree in:

  • Human & Social Services
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Public Health Information

Career Skills

  • Ability to communicate
  • Demonstrated functional knowledge of state and federal rights protection statutes and regulations.
  • Ability to work independently with little direct supervision.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to do legal research
  • Ability to apply research effectively to case work and to utilize information.
  • Development and Grant Writing
  • Fundraising

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