PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for providing specialized consultation regarding the social work component of programs in various health care facilities, community social service agencies and school systems.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
This class is not intended for positions providing direct social work services. Incumbents in this class provide consultation to licensed health care facilities and day care agencies to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations as well as to other agencies offering social work services.
Works under the limited supervision of an employee of higher grade.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Provides specialized consultation with regard to social work standards of practice as they relate to mandated state and federal regulations to a variety of health care facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, psychiatric care facilities, day care centers, home health care agencies, etc.; develops standards for social work practice in programs for children with special health care needs; provides consultation to community service agencies to provide for continuing improvement in social work services and programs; reviews all previous inspection documentation and survey information for possible history of deficiencies; coordinates inspection survey schedules with other consultants (e.g. dietary, nursing, pharmacy, recreation, etc.); conducts on site inspections including review and audit of social work policies, social work job descriptions, personnel qualifications, clinical records, quality assurance programs, etc.; participates in inspection team meetings with other consultants to discuss survey findings; conducts exit interviews with facility administrators and directors of social work to review findings and cite deficiencies and violations; prepares written inspection reports for facilities; reviews facility plan of correction and provides technical assistance with regard to interpretation of federal and state regulations; conducts on site follow up inspections to ensure adherence to plan of correction; participates in social work task forces and committees; provides consultation to other department staff with regard to social work practices; establishes guidelines and drafts public health code regulations for social work services in health care facilities and day care centers which promote health psychosocial functioning; consults with social work professionals in state to ensure compliance with guidelines and regulations; organizes and participates in conferences and workshops concerning community health services; may testify in court regarding inspection findings; may speak to professional and lay groups; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of skills, practices and procedures of professional social work with emphasis on medical/social casework; considerable knowledge of various economic, emotional, medical, psychological and social factors influencing behavior; considerable knowledge of social factors relating to disease and methods of eliminating or minimizing adverse social, emotional and/or psychological factors; considerable knowledge of community organizations and resources including social, health and educational services; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Master's degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and two (2) years of professional postgraduate social work experience.
Note: Professional social work experience shall include the use of professional interviewing techniques, provision of skilled therapeutic counseling to an assigned caseload and assessment of basic client needs (nutritional, environmental, financial, medical, protective services, etc.) through continuing personal observation during home visits and intervention.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a hospital, medical or public health program.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in the same Salary Group HC 24 approved effective September 1, 1999. (Revised to change Agency name)