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Grape Street Associates - Educational Advocate Resume Example

Wyatt Scott
XX XXXXXXXXX XX, Methuen, MA 02148
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Professional Summary

Seasoned Advocate with more than 30 years of experience in working with complex  children and adolescents with mental illnesses and other disabilities. with more than 30 years of experience in field of Social Work. Excellent  knowledge base of  federal and state special education regulations and state agency responsibilities and Wrap Around Strength Based model skills. Track record of achieving exceptional results in obtaining appropriate educational programs for students and program development providing services to prevent out of home placements, keeping children and adolescents at home.

Skills
  • Wrap-Around Strengths Based Services
  • Educational Advocacy
  • Adoption related issues
  • Bullying and Cyber bullying 
  • Mental Illnesses
  • Human Trafficking
  • Inter-Agency Coordination 
  • Education and Training
  • Develop Orphanage Based Programs in Romania
Experience
Educational Advocate Jul 1991Present Grape Street Associates Methuen, MA
  • Provide special education advocacy for children with special needs, obtaining individualized services to meet students educational learning style. 
  • Represent students requiring additional support through the Merrimack Valley Offices of the Department of Mental Health on a limited basis.
  • Provide consultation to parents regarding the difference between services provided by Early Intervention and School Districts.
  • Review and interpret testing, interview collaterals of students.
  • Interview students 14 and above to ensure their goals are included in all educational environments.
  • Represent student at IEP (Individual Education Plan) Meetings, 504 Meetings, Mediation, BSEA Hearings, Manifestation Determination and Expulsion Hearings.
  • Review IEP to ensure it is written as per the Team Meeting.
  • Assist family in writing Parent/Student Goals
  • Assist parents in filing non compliance complaints with Program Quality Assurance at DESE
  • Provide trainings geared toward parents and professionals on MA State and Federal Special Education Regulations,    Ch 504 Plans vs IEP's, Bullying and Cyber-Bullying, Executive Functioning, Accessing an IEP for social emotional needs, Functional Behavioral Assessments, Extended Year Services, Human Trafficking, Transition Age Services for students turning 18-22. 
  • Assist parents in obtaining SSI for their children
  • Assist parents in preparing for appealing state agency denial of services.
Consultant, Educational Surrogate Parent Jul 1991Present EDCO Collaborative Westborough, MA
  • Assigned, represent and act as Educational Guardian for Complex Children in the Care of the Department of Children and Families.
  • Interpret educational needs of assigned students through Prior IEP's, testing and other documentation.
  • Represent student at all educational meetings
  • Consultation and collaborate with collateral individuals; Social Worker, Attorney, School Staff and student 10-18 years of age.
  • Ensure student input into educational services whenever possible.
  • Sign or reject proposed IEP
  • Represent student at Mediation, Hearings, Manifestation Determination Meetings, Expulsion Hearings.
  • File complaints with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Program Quality Assurance if needed.
  • Complete and file request for Assignment of appropriate school district for programming.
  • Assist student's at age 17 to begin transition to sign IEP at age of Majority.
Wrap Around Director for Department of Mental Health Dec 1996Dec 2012 Family Continuity Lowell, MA
    • Established  Lowell Wrap Around Program for the Greater Lowell Area
    • Organized, maintained and facilitated the Wrap Around Team comprised of State Agency and Community Representatives.
    • Reviewed referrals for appropriateness for Wrap Around Team.
    • Facilitated bi-weekly Wrap Around Meetings
    • Approved all costs and submit billing for processing
    • Meet with family prior to meeting to discuss the wrap around strengths model.
    • Responsible for a yearly budget of $200,000 for services for identified child and their families.
    • Develop yearly budget for Wrap Around Program
    • Assist writing RFR's for Family Continuity
    • Organized Family Activities
    • Created specialized programs for children and adolescents.
    • Provided Special Education Advocacy saving the Department of Mental Health over $200,000 a year in diversion from residential placements or cost share school placements.
    • Created Transitional Youth Group for DMH young adults over the age of eighteen.
    • Provided trainings to parents and professionals on Special Education, Bullying and Cyber Bullying
    • Established Transitional age Parent Support Group
    • Brokered services for youth and families
    • Provided consultation  on special education services for students in other Family Continuity Program

Child Advocate Nov 1984Jun 1991 Office for Children Haverhill, MA
  • Interview clients individually, in families, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems, to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
  • Serve as liaisons between students, homes, schools, family services, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts, to help children who face problems such as mental illness, autism, developmental delays, medical illnesses, abuse, or poverty.
  • Maintain case history records and prepare reports.
  • Refer clients to community resources for services such as job placement, debt counseling, legal aid, housing, medical treatment, or financial assistance, and provide concrete information, such as where to go and how to apply.
  • Develop and review service plans in consultation with clients, and perform follow-ups assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
  • Facilitate Local Area Team of state agency representatives to address needs of identified child in inter-agency dispute.
  • Refer all stuck cases to Regional Inter-Departmental Team if not resolved at local level.
  • Review all documentation and prepare presentation to the Regional and Central Teams.
  • If case was appealed from Regional Team represent child at Central Inter-Departmental Team
  • Serve on Council for Children  policymaking committees, assist in community development, and assist client groups by lobbying for solutions to problems.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals.
  • Plan or conduct programs to prevent substance abuse, combat social problems, or improve health or counseling services in community.
  • Chair Help for Children Committee for the Council for Children.
Education
Master Social Work May 1993 Salem State College Salem, MA
Bachelor Social Work May 1982 Eastern Nazarene College Quincy, MA
Community Service

Volunteer, Wilmington United Methodist Church Social Concerns, 2013 - Current

Co-Director, Operation Snowflake, 2009 - current
Volunteer, Veritas Romania, 1993 - current

Volunteer, Eastern Nazarene College Romania Studies Program 1993-1997

Volunteer, Tri City Council for Children 1980-1984

Awards
YWCA of Haverhill, Woman of the Year Nominee 1989
Manuel Carballo Pride and Performance Nominee Region 3 Office for Children Child Advocate Group 1987
Office for Children June Austin Award  Excellance of Service 1991
Manuel Carballo Pride and Performance Office for Children Recipient, Honorable Mention 1991
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Previous Companies:

  • Grape Street Associates
  • EDCO Collaborative
  • Family Continuity

Previous Job Positions:

  • Educational Advocate
  • Consultant
  • Educational Surrogate Parent
  • Wrap Around Director for Department of Mental Health
  • Child Advocate

Schools:

  • Salem State College
  • Eastern Nazarene College

Level of Education:

  • Master Social Work
  • Bachelor Social Work

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