Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Social Services Liaison Officer

Recruitment #200729-7789SH-001

Introduction


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

Are you looking for a rewarding work that will directly impact lives? If so, we encourage you to apply today! Capitol Region Mental Health Center (CRMHC) seeks qualified individuals for the position of Social Services Liaison Officer in the Young Adult Services (YAS) Outpatient Services Division (PCN#122386). We are located at 500 Vine Street, Hartford, CT 06112. This position is 1st shift (8:00 am to 4:30pm), full time. This is a 40 hour per week position working a schedule of Monday through Friday. The YAS clinic is the largest state-operated YAS clinic in the DMHAS service system, with a standing census of 120 - 140 clients. 

Discover the opportunity to: 
  • Work with clients and educate them on the multiple options and choices (state and federal) available regarding entitlements; 
  • Collect client-specific information and assist, in coordination with the client, in selecting the best set of entitlement options; 
  • Work with clients regarding eligibility requirements and responsibilities so that the best decision can be made.

We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, as well as paid time off!

Selection Plan

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. You do not have to attach these documents to your application submission.

Should you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact Andrew Pebley, Andrew.Pebley@ct.gov, (860) 262-6946.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Social Services and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, this class is accountable for dispensing program information to clients and the public which may include resolving complaints concerning departmental programs and policies.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES: Responds to complaints and questions from recipients, applicants and the general public and attempts to resolve problems which have gone beyond district office level; researches and provides requested information to government officials, agency representatives, attorneys and others; contacts staff and field program personnel to obtain information in order to make proper referrals of citizens; verifies eligibility of recipients for providers of medical services; assists in training new personnel of section; oversees activities of section in absence of supervisor; performs related duties as required.
DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES: Interviews clients and obtains client information relating to the eligibility criteria of various programs; identifies additional information and documentation which will be needed by social service agencies to determine eligibility for various benefits; assists clients with applying for federal, state and municipal social service benefits by completing application forms and ensuring that required documentation is provided to meet eligibility requirements; provides information on public assistance programs to clients, social services agencies, attorneys and the public; enters case eligibility information into a database; reviews eligibility re-determinations to ensure clients receive the correct benefits; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of social service programs, policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of programmatic eligibility requirements; considerable knowledge of available financial assistance and social services resources; interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; some interviewing ability; some supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Five (5) years of experience in a social services agency involving direct client contact, investigative or eligibility determination activities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. For State employees, two (2) years of experience as a Social Services Trainee with the target class of a Social Services Liaison Officer may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Our preferred candidate will:

  • Have experience assisting behavioral health service recipients with establishing basic household budgets and advising on basic financial principals related to entitlement funds received; 
  • Have knowledge of related forms required to apply for various state and federal benefits (i.e. SNAP/WIC, Husky, Social Security, Care for Kids); 
  • Have strong organizational skills for the tracking of a client’s progress through the application process for various benefits; 
  • Have experience scheduling re-determinations with clients; 
  • Have the ability to consult and assist clients on issues related to state, federal and private health insurance.

Conclusion

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.