PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Developmental Services, this class is accountable for conducting detailed investigations of allegations of abuse and neglect of persons with intellectual disabilities and individuals within the autism spectrum who are receiving services funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) as specified in applicable Conn. Gen. Stat.
Works under the general supervision of the Developmental Services Director of Investigations or other employee of higher grade.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Conducts detailed investigations of allegations of abuse and neglect of persons with intellectual disabilities and individuals within the autism spectrum who are receiving services funded by DSS, both living and deceased, in a variety of settings including but not limited to public and private programs, natural family homes and self-hired staffing arrangements; determines need for emergency and long term protective service needs; initiates provision of and monitors protective services by state and private agencies; interviews alleged victims, perpetrators, service providers, witnesses, etc.; works cooperatively with State and local police, State's Attorneys and other protective services organizations; provides testimony at various legal and Human Resources hearings as required; provides information and referral services; maintains appropriate records and documentation; prepares comprehensive investigative reports; prepares correspondence; may make public information presentations; may provide formal training for state and private service providers; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of statutes, policies and procedures governing care and treatment of persons with intellectual disabilities; knowledge of problems and needs of persons with intellectual disabilities; knowledge of investigation techniques and methods; knowledge of various types of residential placement facilities and community training centers for persons with intellectual disabilities; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; investigative ability; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience in a professional capacity with an organization, agency or educational institution which provides for case management, residential, vocational, educational, advocacy, habilitation or rehabilitation services to persons with intellectual disabilities or individuals within the autism spectrum.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Masters Degree in a human services field may be substituted for an additional year of the General Experience.
3. Up to six years of law enforcement experience may be substituted for an additional year of the General Experience.
4. Any combination of the above substitutions allowed.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(12)-SOCIAL SERV (P-2)
This replaces the existing title of and specification for the class of Protection and Advocacy Investigator in Salary Group SH 21 approved effective January 13, 2014. (Revised to retitle and modify content)