• Senior Manager, Mental Health/Disability

    Job Locations US-KS-Wichita
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Salary Range
    to USD $41,977.35/Hr.
    Hours Per Week
    Weeks Per Year
  • Overview

    Establishes rapport with classroom staff and contract agencies to assure appropriate screenings and services for children with disabilities and/or mental health issues and pregnant women/teens with mental health needs. Ensures appropriate referrals are made and services are received, documented in Child Plus and monitored in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards. Compiles and distributes resources for staff working with children/parents with mental health and/or disabilities needs. Assists in creating Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) activities based on the observed needs of children and staff. Supervision of the Early Childhood Specialists.


    • Coordinates referrals to and follow-up with appropriate local education agency for children with special needs and documents the referrals in Child Plus.
    • Arranges and tracks mental health referrals using Child Plus for children as needed.
    • Obtains and reviews reports from contract agencies.
    • Monitors progress of disability and mental health referrals using Child Plus.
    • Serves as communication liaison between centers and local education agencies.
    • Ensures HIPPA regulations are observed.
    • Composes disabilities and mental health component of the work plan.
    • Responsible for data entry of mental health and disabilities records and mental health and disabilities portions of PIR.
    • Maintains Memorandum of Understanding with agencies that are providing Disabilities or Mental Health Services to children in the Head Start 0-5 Program.
    • Ensures that appropriate accommodation services are provided in the interim period while children are in the disabilities and/or mental health referral process.
    • Reviews with Early Childhood Specialists child enrolling files for completion of releases and to identify children with potential special needs.
    • Assists parents in discussions regarding needs of children with special needs with local education agency representatives.
    • Provides mental health and/or disabilities resources to parents.
    • Maintains screening instruments to be used for assessing depression, drug and/or alcohol use.
    • Coordinates special needs and child abuse/neglect training with the Quality Assurance Assistant Director.
    • Serves as a mentor and support person for Early Childhood Managers.
    • Works cooperatively with the contract agency representative assigned to Head Start 0-5 Program to ensure children are progressing in the evaluation system after a referral has been made.
    • Works with the community consultants to obtain mental health services for children.
    • Works with mental health agencies to identify community resources.
    • Serves as a Child Start 0-5 Program representative on assigned state and local committees.



    Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in early childhood education, early childhood special education, social work or related degree.

    Three plus years, up to and including five years of related experience.

    Experience supervising staff.

    Knowledge of specialized practices, equipment, and procedures.

    The employee must regularly lift and/or move objects or materials up to 30 pounds.


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