Overview

Position Overview
The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated, detailed orientated individual to travel to conduct surveys, investigations, inspections of Care (IOC) and monitoring visits of facilities for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities to determine compliance with State Licensure regulations and/or Federal Medicaid certification requirements. This individual will serve as technical expert and independently perform difficult and complex surveys and will serve as preceptor for lower-level surveyors and as the subject matter expert on issues of active treatment.

Job Responsibilities
1.  Surveys long term care facilities to determine compliance with state licensure requirements, federal certification mandates, and Department directives, program policies and procedures.

Travels to conduct difficult, highly complex and sensitive on-site surveys involving persons with developmental disabilities to determine the level of compliance with state and federal requirements.
Provides leadership in matters concerning compliance with regulations associated with psychiatric disorders and related areas.
Interviews facility residents, staff, administrators, health care providers and other individuals.Collaborates with team members.
Prepares reports of survey findings.
Evaluates plans of correction relating to health and safety aspects of long-term care facilities.
Appears and testifies at Department and non-Department legal proceedings and administrative hearings.

2.  Serves as a preceptor.

Guides and leads new hires and existing surveying staff.
Provides trainings and orientation.
Identifies new and continuing training needs.
Provides instruction to new surveyors while conducting surveys at long term care facilities.

3.  Provides technical support.

Reviews and evaluates survey and investigation reports for technical accuracy to ensure compliance with regulations associated with environmental health sanitation.
Provides technical assistance on matters related to developmental disabilities.
Explains and interprets State laws, Department rules, regulations, policies and procedures, related to developmental disabilities.

4.  Completes necessary training.

Attends and completes basic surveyor courses as directed by a supervisor.
Attends and completes trainings to maintain expertise in state and federal regulations and licensure/certification requirements.
Attends and completes mandatory federal trainings as designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

5.  Attends meetings and workshops.

Participates in staff meetings and assist with orientation of newly employed staff as directed.
Attend professional meetings and workshops as a means of maintaining expertise in health and safety and in concepts applicable to health care facilities.
6.  Performs other duties as required or assigned within the scope of the responsibilities enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications
Requires successful completion of both state and federal Basic Surveyor Orientation courses and, for positions engaged in long term care surveys, requires certification of having successfully completed the federal Surveyor Minimum Qualifications Training.
Requires three years of experience as a health facilities surveyor.
Requires a bachelor’s degree in a human services professional field such as sociology, special education, rehabilitation counseling or psychology, supplemented by one year of experience working directly with persons with intellectual or other developmental disabilities and an additional three years of professional experience in which the problems and needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or those with related conditions are addressed; or a master’s degree in a human services professional field supplemented by one year of experience working directly with persons with intellectual or other developmental disabilities and an additional one year of professional experience in which the problems and needs of mentally retarded individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or those with related conditions are addressed.

Preferred Qualifications
Three years experience as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional.
Extensive knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations governing licensure and certification of health care providers.
Three years experience with investigation and interrogation techniques.
Three years experience conducting the survey process effectively and efficiently, including the evaluation of the environment, records, and care and service delivered by the health care provider, identifying areas of non-compliance, problems and discrepancies, and determining possible resolution or action.
One year experience preparing complex written and oral reports.
Ability to exercise judgment, discretion, and maintain confidentiality during the conduct of the survey process.
Three years experience gathering, collating and classifying information about data, people or things and to interpret an extensive variety of technical materials in books, journals and manuals.
Thorough knowledge of the principles of documentation.

About Illinois Department of Public Health

In Illinois, if you have eaten at a restaurant ... required hospital or nursing home care ... vacationed at a campground or swam at a public beach or pool ... drank a glass of milk ... got married or divorced ... had a baby, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has touched your life in some important way.

Assuring the quality of our food, setting the standards for hospital and nursing home care, checking the safety of recreation areas, overseeing the inspection of milk producing farms and processing plants, maintaining the state's vital records and screening newborns for genetic diseases are just some of the duties of IDPH.

In fact, IDPH has 200 different programs that benefit each state resident and visitor, although its daily activities of maintaining the public's health are rarely noticed unless a breakdown in the system occurs. With the assistance of local public health agencies, these essential programs and services make up Illinois' public health system, a system that forms a frontline defense against disease through preventive measures and education. Public health has provided the foundation for remarkable gains in saving lives and reducing suffering. Today, life expectancy is 80 years for women and 74 years for men compared with fewer than 50 years at the at the beginning of the 20th century.

In the past, IDPH directed state efforts to control smallpox, cholera and typhoid, virtually eliminated polio, reduced dental decay through fluoridation of community water supplies, and corrected sanitary conditions that threatened water and food supplies.

Today, IDPH has programs to deal with persistent problems that require continued vigilance – infectious diseases, such as AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and meningococcal disease; foodborne and communicable diseases, such as E. coli 0157: H7, monkeypox, salmonella and West Nile virus; vaccine preventable diseases; lead poisoning; lack of health care in rural areas; health disparities among racial groups, breast, cervical and prostate cancer; Alzheimer's disease; and other health threats -- sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco use, violence, and other conditions associated with high-risk behaviors. In addition, IDPH has been charged with handling the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of bioterrorism.

IDPH, which is one of the state's oldest agencies, was first organized in 1877 with a staff of three and a two-year budget of $5,000. IDPH, now has an annual budget of $2.9 billion in state and federal funds, headquarters in Springfield and Chicago, seven regional offices located around the state, three laboratories, and 1,200 employees.

IDPH is organized into 12 offices, each of which addresses a distinct area of public health. Each office operates and supports numerous ongoing programs and is prepared to respond to extraordinary situations as they arise.