|Date Opened||4/15/2019 12:00:00 AM|
|Salary||$60,849* - $77,596/year (*New State employees start at the minimum)|
|Job Type||Open to the Public|
|Close Date||4/23/2019 11:59:00 PM|
The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Whiting Forensic Hospital is currently accepting applications for a Human Services Advocate, PCN 24767. This is a full-time, forty (40) hour per week position, 9:00AM to 5:30PM, Tuesday Thru Saturday. This position reports directly to the Manager of Advocacy.
Please ensure that your application is complete as you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following: last two (2) performance appraisals (current state employees only) or two (2) professional letters of reference (non-state employees).
Questions regarding this Position should be directed to Julianne Wheeler, DMHAS HR, (860) 262-5868 or Julianne.Wheeler@ct.gov.
Assists in administration of a client rights program with respect to civil, legal and human rights, right to treatment, confidentiality, and other unique rights as specified by state and federal legislation; provides advocacy services, determines available courses of action, and develops advocacy strategies with individuals, families and/or groups; investigates and evaluates complaints and allegations of abuse and/or misrepresentation of authorized client services; implements advocacy strategies through informal and/or formal actions such as meeting with legal and/or agency representatives to ensure provision of proper services; consults with professionals of various disciplines such as attorneys, physicians, educators, and others to identify options and barriers to client rights; develops and interprets policies regarding client rights; assists in researching and interpreting laws pertaining to client rights; maintains confidential client files documenting advocacy services provided and prepares reports summarizing case activities; prepares correspondence and reports; assists in orientation of new employees with regard to agency client rights program; may investigate accident and injury reports to determine cause; may conduct studies to assess quality of care; may conduct inservice training sessions on client rights; may provide technical assistance and training to field staff; may participate on task forces and coalitions formed to effect system changes; may meet with legislators, agency officials, and members of various interest groups on client rights; may participate in agency task groups to develop policies, positions and reports; may make public presentations; performs related duties as required.
BUREAU OF REHABILITATIVE SERVICES: Provides quality assurance through site visits and monitoring of vendor reporting to ensure compliance with terms and conditions of client programs.
OFFICE OF PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY: Represents client at administrative hearings and prepares and presents cases, negotiates settlements or resolutions, and drafts stipulations and agreements to implement settlements; refers cases to agency or contracted attorneys for potential legal action; assists attorneys in organizing and presenting evidence in legal actions; monitors compliance of state, municipal, and federal agencies and/or private organizations with settlements or legal decisions.
OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE: Evaluates delivery of services to children by state agencies; reviews procedures of state agencies providing services to children; visits residential facilities to review procedures, assure safety and assess facilities; may recommend changes in state policies concerning children including changes in system of providing juvenile justice, child care, foster care, and treatment.
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in the provision of advocacy or direct services to persons with disabilities or to children.
NOTE: Advocacy services are defined as speaking and working on behalf of a position, cause, or individual to further interests and ensure the preservation of rights.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.