The incumbent in this position will be working with adults suffering from severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse issues on a 24 hour hotline and in the community. Work includes: individual counseling, crisis counseling and assessments, and monitoring client psychiatric symptoms. The incumbent will consult with an interdisciplinary team, the consumer, consumer partners, and external agencies as necessary to promote person-centered recovery goals. The incumbent is considered essential personnel and must report to work in a state of emergency.
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.
- Interviews patients, clients, family members and/or any other persons deemed necessary to obtain the most complete case history possible.
- Provides information and counseling to client's family to enable them to cope with client's problems and promote positive interactions among family members.
- Provides therapeutic treatment to clients, as well as referral services, contacting appropriate social agencies.
- Prepares narrative, statistical reports and court reports if necessary. May prepare forms of application for services or benefit.
- Assists in evaluation; assessment and diagnosis of client/patient needs in order to effect the most beneficial placement in foster care, day care, nursing home, drug/alcohol rehabilitation or other special care facility to accommodate the physical and emotional well-being of the individual.
- Prepares necessary forms of application for services or benefits.
- Appears at court proceedings as required testifying to the social and environmental issues affecting the client/patient.
- Provides technical guidance to organizations and staff regarding social work findings related to unit patient care, or provides consultation to other caregiving agencies.
- Participates in inter disciplinary team conferences to formulate or evaluate a treatment plan.
- Provides consultative services to state and private agencies; may participate in community projects.
- Advocates for clients and families in the protection of rights; Obtains consent for treatment.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Psychiatric Social Worker II
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
- Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Behavioral or Social Science or related field.
- Six months experience in case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individuals human service needs.
- Six months experience in providing clinical treatment, counseling or determining eligibility for services or benefits as part of a treatment team.
- Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
- Six months experience in narrative report writing.
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
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.
Pre-employment Drug Testing: Upon a conditional offer, you must undergo pre-employment drug testing as part of the hiring 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.
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