Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Clinical Social Worker (40 Hour)

Recruitment #210419-0966FP-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 to help lead a team of professionals in the successful implementation of treatment goals and objectives? If so, this may the opportunity for you! 

The DMHAS, Capitol Region Mental Health Center (CRMHC), seeks qualified individuals for the position of Clinical Social Worker (PCN 105526).  This position is located within the Young Adult Services Division (YAS), Outpatient Services, 500 Vine Street, Hartford, CT.   It is a full-time, 40-hour per week position.  The work schedule is 1st shift, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  This is a Spanish-speaking position. 

Our mission at CRMHC is to partner with persons in recovery to ensure access to high quality and culturally competent person-centered behavioral healthcare services.  We are a community based mental health center, operated by DMHAS, which provides an array of innovative clinical and community support services to individuals with a psychiatric disability, in many cases with co-occurring problems of substance abuse. 


YAS is an intensive, voluntary treatment program that provides specialized, age and developmentally appropriate supports for young people, many of whom are transitioning out of the DCF system of care, and are diagnosed with a major mental illness. It services young adults, ages 18-25, with complex psychiatric histories. The program uses a multidisciplinary team approach that provides age appropriate, culturally sensitive services with the focus of promoting recovery and assisting with the transition to adulthood. 

Discover the opportunity to: 

  • Provide skilled trauma-informed clinical treatment to a caseload of young adults who present with various severe and persistent mental health needs; 
  • Coordinate care for 20-25 varying acuity consumers; 
  • Prepare recovery plans inclusive of mental health, housing, educational, psychiatric, substance-abuse and other needs in collaboration with clients and their families; and 
  • Complete psychosocial evaluations and assessments. 

We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off!  We encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications - as listed on the job opening - will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application. 

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. 

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies. 

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the “Resume Tab” of your application as you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Individuals considered for interview will be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc.  You do not have to attach these documents to your application. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson at Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov or (860) 785-9855.   

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency behavioral health program, as part of a multi-disciplinary team at one or more locations this class is accountable for independently providing clinical social work services.

OFFICE OF HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE, this class is accountable for serving as a case manager and advocate for clients that have received or need to receive behavioral health care services.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

As a member of multi-disciplinary clinical team or within a network of community based behavioral health services develops psychosocial assessments through clinical interviews with assigned clients and families which include consideration of developmental, social and/or cultural, substance abuse, psychological, environmental and medical issues; develops treatment plans including measurable treatment objectives; provides clinical treatment services in form of triage, crisis intervention, individual, group and/or family therapy, screening and planning; advocates and develops networks of social and clinical services to assist clients in meeting identified needs; monitors and evaluates effectiveness of treatment plans, documents treatment in clinical records; completes reports in accordance with agency and accrediting bodies; consults and collaborates with other behavioral health providers to improve delivery of services to clients; provides forensic evaluations and court testimony as required; maintains social work treatment and standards as required; may participate in research projects; performs related duties as required.

OFFICE OF HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE: Manages a caseload of consumer behavioral healthcare insurance complaints concerning coverage and/or payment; reviews and assesses medical records including psychological assessment and treatment plans, concerning but not limited to mental, emotional, behavioral and addictive disorders to determine appropriate treatment plans and eligibility for insurance benefit payment; participates in insurance appeal hearings and serves as clinical expert to defend and demonstrate that the diagnostic assessment and treatment plans are appropriate and required to address client behavioral healthcare needs.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of social work methodology, casework, group work and community mobilization; knowledge of family and interpersonal relationship dynamics; knowledge of values, sanctions, purposes and ethics of professional social work; knowledge of social, cultural, economic, medical, psychological and legal issues which influence attitudes and behaviors of clients and families; knowledge of mental illnesses and approaches to treatment; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to devise and implement a treatment plan with measurable goals that address client needs; ability to independently apply current psychiatric treatment modalities to address client needs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Licensure as a clinical social worker in the State of Connecticut.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Our ideal candidate will possess experience in the following: 

  • Reading, writing and providing treatment in Spanish; 
  • Managing Risk and clients who are at imminent high risk to themselves and/or others; 
  • Writing treatment plans which includes goals related to medication, occupational therapy, vocation, housing and financial needs; 
  • Providing treatment services in a clinical setting which abides by federal, state and Joint Commission standards; 
  • Utilizing electronic health record systems and telehealth treatment methods (Microsoft Teams, Office 365 suite, and voice/video); 
  • Providing trauma-informed, evidenced-based therapeutic service delivery to young adult clients aged 18-26 who present with various behavioral health needs, substance abuse histories, history of trauma and gender identity concerns; and
  • Working in an agency setting within a multi-disciplinary team approach to address medication needs, housing stability, financial assistance, occupational therapy goals and securing employment.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice clinical social work pursuant to Sec. 20-195 (m) through (r) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
  2. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. § 1320a-7b(f).
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to have knowledge of sign language and communication ability with the deaf and hearing impaired in certain designated positions.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to have ability in Spanish oral and written communication in certain designated positions.
  5. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive clients.

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.



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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.