Provide assistance to abuse survivors of clergy sexual abuse:
a. Receive intake reports from abuse survivors and provide appropriate follow up, both immediate and long-term, extending a compassionate response to them.
b. Work with abuse survivors in crisis. Provide information about available resources.
c. Distribute all intake reports internally and direct those where the accused is still alive to be sent to the proper civil authorities.
d. Assure that all mandatory reporting laws are observed and provide periodic training for mandatory reporters in collaboration with the Safe Environment Manager.
e. Serve as a case manager to provide ongoing contact with abuse survivors and offer resources and assistance.
f. Make referrals for clinical care and coordinate the process for consultation on treatment plans and payment for clinicial services.
g. Arrange for back-up coverage for intake reports and referrals during times of absence.
Provide outreach services:
a. Provide long-term, ongoing contact with abuse survivors through various means of communication.
b. Develop and implement outreach services for families of abuse survivors.
c. Serve as a contact and communications link for abuse survivor support groups in the larger community.
d. Collaborate with the Safe Environment Manager on healing and prayer services at parishes and other locations throughout the archdiocese, including the annual Mass of Atonement.
e. Coordinate on-site visits to parishes and schools when notice of sexual abuse, current or historical, is reported at that site.
f. Arrange for appropriate support and assistance for parishes and schools utilizing the services of agencies such as Catholic Charities.
g. Maintain contact and exchange resources with those involved in sexual trauma in the larger community.
h. Consult with abuse survivors in the development of outreach programs.
i. Serve as part of crisis intervention team when issues involving sexual abuse arise at a parish or school.
First Response for Parishes and Schools:
- Develop protocols to support the adults in a parish or school community in the event that a significant disruptive event occurs.
- Provide training and coaching to parish and school leaders in the areas of prevention, response, mitigation, and recovery.
- Focus on support for the employee and volunteers who have direct responsibilities for children.
- Collaborate, as appropriate, with other departments of the archdiocese in providing these services.
- Assist in providing for the Continuity of Operations (COOP) for parishes and schools in the event of a significant disruptive event.
Manage the administration of the office:
a. Manage and coordinate files, ensuring that contact information is updated regularly and that abuse survivor databases are complete and accurate.
b. Maintain confidentiality of records and files.
c. Collaborate with other offices and agencies, diocesan and community- based, to ensure that the most updated information and research to assist abuse survivors is available.
d. Prepare and monitor a budget
e. Manage therapy assistance for abuse survivors. Send Therapy Packet to new therapists; forward Treatment Plans to outside reviewer; process payment of outside reviewer. Requisition and process checks for payment of therapy bills; maintain file of paid bills.