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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.
The Western Connecticut Mental Health Network (WCMHN) Access Center Team is seeking a qualified individual for a Clinical Social Worker Associate role (PCN 91527). This is a full-time (40 hours per week) second shift position with a work schedule of 3:30 pm to 12:00 am, Sunday through Thursday. This position is located at 249 Winsted Road, Torrington, CT.
The Access Center is an information and referral source for individuals with psychiatric and related substance issues. Access Center staff is available by telephone for support, information, referrals, and mobile outreach. The goal is to provide support and information to reduce symptomatology, and to improve quality of life. Its philosophy is to maintain the individual in the least restrictive environment. Access Center staff is also available to do intake/assessment by referral to determine service needs and treatment options for an individual.
DISCOVER THE OPPORTUNITY TO:
- Be a part of a multi interdisciplinary Mobile Crisis Team that provides crisis evaluations and interventions while clinically assessing risk in the community.
- Formulate immediate interventions, and administration of Emergency Certificates, as clinically indicated.
- Provide services via the Regional Hotline with the skills to access, triage, and activate resources for people who request information, support, or crisis intervention.
- Provide intake services to the 19 towns in the CAC 22 area by completing a psychosocial assessment, risk assessment, and other admission paperwork for admitting clients to the agency.
- Effectively communicate and work collaboratively with contract agencies, community providers, State of CT DMHAS, and community hospitals, as well as local and State police.
- Link community members to appropriate care, provide community resource information, and manage risk for negative outcomes.
- Provide coverage for the Jail Diversion program as assigned by the program supervisor.
As a state employees, you will have access to a competitive benefits package that includes; excellent health care, generous leave policies, a retirement plan, a deferred compensation program, and more! We encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees!
Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
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.
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.
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.
The immediate vacancy is listed above, however applications to this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in the job classification.
Should you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact Michelle Gara at Michelle.Gara@ct.gov.
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 skilled clinical social work treatment and leadership services involving complex case assignments.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Independently provides highly skilled direct clinical social work treatment and/or substance abuse services to clients with complex psychological and social problems through comprehensive clinical assessments and provision of individual, family and group treatment; provides individual field work instruction and/or clinical supervision which includes instruction in use of comprehensive psychosocial assessments and current diagnostic categories, taking into consideration cultural, social, economic, medical, environmental and legal issues; develops comprehensive service plans including measurable treatment objectives; initiates consultation and collaboration with other mental health providers to improve delivery of current services and/or identify unmet needs within current service system; assists in resolution of administrative, personnel and clinical issues in program and/or agency; develops data for statistical and planning systems and/or research and publication; prepares administrative reports and suggests operational policies and procedures; oversees development and/or implementation of individual client treatment and/or service plans; may be assigned administrative oversight of research projects; may provide clinical and/or administrative leadership to program components such as crisis intervention teams, inpatient treatment teams, case management teams, psychoeducational program services, psychosocial rehabilitation and forensic services; may provide forensic evaluations and expert testimony to courts; may represent program or agency during licensing and certification inspections conducted by regulatory bodies; may represent program or agency in liaison relationships with other community agencies and resources; may provide in-service educational presentations concerning available health, mental health and human services resources and means to access them; may chair facility or community based committees that develop policies and plans to serve psychiatrically disabled individuals; may present information on mental illness and mental health services to community groups; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to instruct others about theories of human behavior, current diagnostic categories of mental illness, family dynamics, substance abuse and human sexuality; considerable knowledge of social, cultural, economic, political, religious, medical, psychological and legal issues which influence behavior of clients, families, service programs and society at large; knowledge of statutes, regulations and standards relating to mental health services; knowledge of state law governing licensed clinical social worker practice standards; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable administrative skills; considerable ability to independently apply in practice current psychiatric treatment modalities including but not limited to behavioral, cognitive, object-relations, crisis intervention and psychosocial rehabilitation approaches; ability to integrate theory and case material in assessing and devising comprehensive treatment and/or service plans for difficult and/or complex case assignments; ability to lead task groups including but not limited to treatment teams and agency committees.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
One year of experience as a licensed clinical social worker.
- Experience performing intake (psychosocial) assessments and initial care planning
- Experience completing community-based crisis assessments
- Experience completing risk assessments and developing risk mitigation plans
- Experience providing trauma-informed services to individuals with severe and prolonged mental illness, addiction, and co-morbid medial conditions
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.
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).
Incumbents in this class may be required to have knowledge of sign language and communication ability with the deaf and hearing impaired in designated positions.
Incumbents in this class may be required to have ability in Spanish oral and written communication in designated positions.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be a certified Substance Abuse/HIV Supervisor.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in the class may be exposed to some risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive clients.
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.