Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Specialist

Recruitment #012821-MDMA01-370500


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Now offering a $3,000 Sign-On Bonus!

The Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families (DSCYF) is now offering incentives for new hires for Family Service Specialist, Youth Rehabilitation Counselors, or Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Specialists, in accordance with the DSCYF Recruitment and Referral Program.

The program provides recruitment incentives as follows:

•$3,000 signing bonus to Family Service Specialists, Youth Rehabilitation Counselors, or Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Specialists for Merit positions. This bonus will be paid in two installments: $1,500 upon completing all required training and conditions of hire; and $1,500 paid 18 months after the date of initial employment.

•$1,000 referral bonus to Merit DSCYF employees who refer applicants who become full time employees as Family Service Specialists, Youth Rehabilitation Counselors, or Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Specialists. The bonus will be paid in two installments: $500 upon applicant completing all conditions of hire and $500 paid 18 months after the new employee’s initial date of employment.

NOTE: This program is administered by The Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families. This program may be terminated by the State at any time. Casual-seasonal positions are not eligible for this program.

Summary Statement

This is the full performance level of work providing case management services to youth in residential settings.  Work includes coordinating the youth’s treatment plan and monitoring progress and achievement of goals to prepare youth for release and transition back to their home, community and school.  Positions at this level typically report to a technical supervisor.

Career Ladder

Upon satisfactory completion of department promotional standards and job requirements, employees may be eligible to be promoted to the next level.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Provides case management services to youth in a residential setting by coordinating and monitoring the delivery of services and treatment plans for youth committed to a secured facility.
  • Reviews case files including criminal and social history, prepares screening and placement reports and records, assesses youth needs and recommends appropriate rehabilitative programs and services while in the facility to encompass responsibility for discharge planning.
  • Conducts interviews with youth to explain terms and conditions of supervision, commitment or detention, and to explain behavioral modification goals, processes and procedures.
  • Assists in the development, modification or review of Treatment Service Plans, as part of an inter-disciplinary team; participates in treatment team review meetings that identify the youth’s needs, treatment objectives and services, behavior modification goals and release or after-care planning.
  • Outlines youth strengths and areas that need to be addressed, objectives, methods to be used and anticipated results.
  • Obtains and coordinates services and resources needed to ensure rehabilitation plans and objectives are met.
  • Conducts group and individual behavioral modification counseling sessions for youth such as anger management and victim awareness, and provides advice and assistance to youth concerning employment, living conditions, recreation, life-skills and other interests or concerns.
  • Assesses the youth’s progress towards rehabilitation and institutional adjustment; evaluates information and prepares reports describing program participation, institutional adjustment and summary recommendations for or against discharge to aftercare.
  • Prepares and maintains social histories, classification reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and chronological records.
  • Oversees an assigned group of youth during education, recreation and work detail activities.
  • May act as a liaison to community organizations to develop and coordinate after-care plans and services for youth.
  • May prepare and present testimony for court proceedings in the adjudication and disposition of juvenile cases.  

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Specialist
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Behavioral or Social Science or related field.
  2. Knowledge of working with at-risk youth.
  3. Knowledge of case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individual’s human service needs. 
  4. Knowledge of making recommendations as part of a client's service plan such as clinical treatment, counseling, or determining eligibility for health or human services/benefits.
  5. Knowledge of interviewing to obtain facts, explore issues and identify courses of action.
  6. Knowledge of behavior management such as understanding, explaining, describing and predicting behavior, studying the connection between behavior and its causes and identifying appropriate behavior modification strategies for individual situations. 
  7. Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  8. Six months experience in narrative report writing.
  9. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

Incumbents working four or more hours of work between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. the following day will receive 5% shift differential pay.

Conditions of Hire

Pre-employment Drug Testing:  Upon a conditional offer, you must undergo pre-employment drug testing as part of the hiring process.

Criminal background check: A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.

This position is a classification organized under an exclusive bargaining representative (labor organization).  The candidate selected for this position shall be asked to join and pay dues to the labor organization or may, decline joining the labor organization and not pay dues or a fee.  The labor organization has been elected by employees as their representative for collective bargaining and other work related purposes.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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