County of Alameda

Medical Social Worker I (#6405)

$34.96-$38.26 Hourly / $2,622.00-$2,869.50 BiWeekly /
$5,681.00-$6,217.25 Monthly / $68,172.00-$74,607.00 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
Under close supervision at the I level, to provide social casework services for clients in County public health programs; to assist staff in evaluating the social implications of illness; to assist clients in adjusting to hospitalization and to aid them in discharge planning; and to do related work as needed.

Under general supervision at the II level, to provide medical social casework, discharge and planning and goals for clients in public health programs; participates in client care planning in cooperation with other members of multi-disciplinary health care teams; and perform other related duties as needed.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Medical Social Worker I:

This is the entrance level in the medical social work series into which persons with the appropriate academic and/or experience are recruited. Incumbents hired at the I level will be expected to gain experience and demonstrate proficiency which qualifies them to promote to the II level after the equivalent of one year full time service. Incumbents of positions in this class receive careful supervision while learning departmental procedures and policies and in developing casework skills. As experience is gained, the Medical Social Worker I performs casework under close supervision and is allowed to exercise independence of action and judgment only in routine matters. All of the work of incumbents of positions in the class receive regular supervisorial review.

Incumbents in the I/II levels report to a Health Care Program Administrator I or Senior Program Specialist.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Receives referrals on an assigned medical service; reviews medical and social information; makes assessment and documents findings in client’s case record.
2. Interviews clients and their families for social study; analyzes background data to determine the factors involved in the clients’ emotional problems; develops a plan of treatment and sets treatment goals; obtains psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis where necessary.
3. Conducts needs assessment with clients and their families; analyzes assessment findings to determine the factors involved in clients’ health problems; develops treatment plan; and obtains relevant health information including, but not limited to psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis and general medical records where necessary.
4. Meets with selected clients individually or in groups for regular interviews; guides the client in understanding the nature of his illness; confers with clients and their families to prepare for the client’s discharge and/or transition; encourages clients to develop realistic plans and advises on community resources and facilities; makes referrals and other arrangements for housing and general medical after-care; acts as liaison between the department and public and private agencies.
5. Interprets the social factors affecting clients; consults with individual medical persons to discuss specific clients.
6. In public health programs, reviews past health and medical records; assesses client's needs including social, physical status and medical care, living arrangements and vocational assessments; identifies individuals who meet program eligibility criteria at various points of entry, such as clinics, hospitals, treatment centers, etc.
7. Develops individual care plans; encourages participation in health care system through education; assesses and helps remove barriers to client's utilization of health services; refers client to community resources; monitors and tracks client status; represents the client's needs and rights to providers and community in a variety of settings; maintains written client record.
8. Attends team meetings to provide case consultation; provides outreach to individual clients and the community which serves the target population.
9. Prepares case reports; documents treatment plan, progress notes and treatment summary related information as required by Medicare, Medi-cal, Title 22 and other mandated regulations according to Department standards; prepares correspondence regarding social evaluation of client, client follow up and related matters; keeps required statistics.
10. Confers with clients to prepare them for discharge or other follow-up treatment plan; advises clients of community resources available and assists them in using such resources; discusses alternative plans with clients and assists them in arriving at decisions; meets with families/friends to advise them of client’s social, mental health and medical needs.
11. Assists in discharge arrangements for clients and in the arrangement for medical follow-up care; calls nursing homes and institutions to arrange for admission and care of clients; acts as liaison between the department, public and/or private social agencies.
12. Works with other program staff as required to assure that client has the necessary equipment, etc., at discharge.
13. Confers with supervisor regarding problem cases; receives guidance and direction in working with clients, in discharge planning, and in writing entries in medical charts.
14. Keeps informed of trends and new developments in the field.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Medical Social Worker I
Education:

Possession of a Master's degree in Social Work or Social Behavioral Science, from an accredited college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


License:
Certain positions may require possession of California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Theory, principles, and techniques of medical social work.
• Trends, standards and terminology of medical social work.
• Social, emotional, behavioral, and economic implications of disease.
• Normal and abnormal behavior, emotional and social adjustment, and the principles and dynamics of motivation.
• Modern health care organizations and functions.
• General laws relating to health and welfare.

Ability to:

• Apply casework principles and concepts.
• Secure accurate social and personal data and record such data systematically.
• Utilize community resources in a medical care program.
• Establish and maintain effective and professional casework relationships.
• Work effectively with others.
• Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
RS:bw 1/81
Retyped: 1/85
TMZ:pb Revised: 3/88
Old doc: 0630h
New doc: 6415.doc
ys/8/01
CSC Date: 9/28/90
TE:pf Revised 4/21/04
New Doc #: 6405-6415.doc
CSC Date: 3/29/2006

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.