Job Description

Job Title: Life Sharing Specialist (Specialized Foster Care)
Job ID: 725586
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Mon Yough
Department: CYF-Family Living
Location: 500 Walnut Street, Mckeesport PA 15132


The Lifesharing Specialist/Program Specialist is responsible for assisting the Lifesharing Mentor and the Lifesharing Supervisor in managing the Family Living through the Lifesharing program of Mon Yough Community Services (MYCS) and Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Foster Care Specialized Program. This position, at the direction of the Lifesharing Supervisor, ensures that MYCS overall philosophy is carried out and that the Lifesharing family member is receiving the supports necessary to live the life he or she has chosen. The Lifesharing Specialist must be comfortable working with a variety of individuals of all ages and socio-economic levels and an array of agencies within the social service system. This support should include consideration of the well-being of the entire family. The Lifesharing Specialist is responsible for maintaining HIPAA and Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 42 Public Health confidentiality standards. This position requires regular travel. 

  • Accompany Lifesharing Providers and Lifesharing partners to appointments as assigned. On-Call responsibilities for Lifesharing and designee for supervisor as needed. Attend trainings as required with a minimum of 24 hours required.
  • Aid Lifesharing Supervisor in maintaining consumer records.
  • Assist Lifesharing Supervisor in writing support plans for individuals selecting Lifesharing services. Attend Individual Support Plan (ISP) meetings as assigned. Assist in writing plans to support individual selecting Lifesharing services.
  • Assist with transportation for family visits and supervision of visits. Coordinate services and supports and assist with appointments as needed.
  • Assure children have Early Periodic Screening Treatment (EPST) appointments, dental appointments and annual physicals.
  • Attend court hearings and be available to testify. Visit and monitor foster child in the home twice monthly; if infant visit and monitor weekly. Attend meetings at schools, CYF, and therapies
  • Attend training as required with 26 hours of training per year and 20 hours of supervision relevant to CYF.
  • Complete all documentation in the KIDS system.
  • Complete an ISP and monthly updates Complete education evaluations and Child and Adolescents Needs and Strengths (CANS).
  • Coordinate securing supports and generic services for the individual and the family such as; medical, therapists, respite, etc., for assigned case load. This may include helping with appointments, attending consultant visits and transportation.
  • Develop relationships with individuals interested in pursuing our help in finding a living situation. Support relationships in the family through 24 hour phone support and home visits.
  • Ensure the implementation of Individual Support Plans (ISP) for assigned case load.
  • Follow and be knowledgeable of the 3680 and 3700 regulations of CYF. Complete intake packet for admission to program. Update State-Wide Adoption Network (SWAN) with any change in foster home.
  • Function as the Qualified Intellectual Disabled Professional (QIDP) for individuals. See attached addendum for QIDP functions as per licensing regulations. Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) Foster Care Program responsibilities:
  • Make regular contact with people involved in supporting the individual. This may include the Supports Supervisor, friends, family, neighbors, medical personnel, employers, day program, etc.
  • Participate in interviews with Lifesharing Supervisor and recommend prospective families to the Manager, companions, and respite providers.
  • Plan and present pre-service and annual training to Lifesharing/Family Living providers.
  • Prepare and support families in meeting the requirements set forth by the state, county and agency, including Chapter 3680 and 3700 regulations.
  • Represent Agency at State/County initiative meetings.
  • Utilize agency KIDS system for Specialized program. 


  • Bachelor's Degree in social science/ human services field. 
  • Six months related experience preferred, will consider a combination of education and experience.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 31 Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Driver's License

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $14.45 to $23.02

Union Position: No

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