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 Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System
(SWCMHS), with three locations throughout Fairfield County, promotes and administers comprehensive recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment. These services include inpatient treatment programs and outpatient clinical services, as well as a wide range of additional supportive treatment services.
Are you driven and motivated by to making a positive impact with those you work with? If so, we encourage you to apply now! We seek qualified individuals for the positions of six (6) Clinical Social Worker (PCN 127860; 127861; 106974; 027720; 028186; 075817) for the SWCMHS location at 1635 Central Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610. These are full-time (35 hour), 1st Shift, Monday – Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm positions.
The following are the units:
SWCMHS Clinical Services 1, (127860; 127861; 028186)
SWCMHS Diagnostic & Evaluation Center, (106974)
SWCMHS Care Management 1, (027720; 075817)
Discover the opportunity to:
Be responsible for working with clients on evaluation, treatment and disposition planning and individual therapeutic contact;
Regularly document in an electronic medical record;
Meet agency and other regulatory body requirements.
The immediate vacancy is listed above, however applications
to this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in this job class.
All state employees shall
follow Executive Order 13G
(as amended by Executive Order 14C
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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
Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may
be required to submit additional documentation which support their
qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter,
resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records,
supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring
agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply
for this position.
The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by
the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
Effective October 1, 2021 and in order to comply with Public Act
21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the
initial application process.
You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your
application for this posting to the JobAps system.
Should you have questions regarding this recruitment please
contact Andrew Pebley at Andrew.Pebley@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 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.
Licensure as a clinical social worker in the State of Connecticut.
Our preferred candidate will:
- Have experience identifying risk factors, stressors and other variables that influence behaviors and treatment;
- Have experience performing crisis and risk assessments;
- Have knowledge of clinical services options, service delivery methods and techniques;
- Have experience facilitating transition for consumers with Acquired/Traumatic Brain Injury;
- Have experience gathering programmatic and statistical data.
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 certain designated positions.
Incumbents in this class may be required to have ability in Spanish oral and written communication in certain designated positions.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this 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.