- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $37,289.00-$58,965.00 Yearly
A Casework Associate I Correctional is the intermediate level of work providing direct services and benefits management to inmates or offenders. Employees in this classification ensure that individuals who are incarcerated will receive appropriate aftercare, prerelease planning and access to entitlement services upon release to the community. Employees in this classification do not supervise.
Employees receive moderate supervision from a licensed social worker. Employees in this class may be required to work evenings and on weekends and may be assigned to provide on-call coverage. Work is performed in correctional institutions, detention facilities and other correctional settings. Employees may be required to deal with potentially hazardous situations.
The Casework Associate Trainee Correctional, Casework Associate I Correctional and Casework Associate II Correctional are differentiated on the basis of the degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over the employees. The Casework Associate Trainee Correctional learns to perform duties under close supervision, the Casework Associate I Correctional performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed and the Casework Associate II Correctional performs the full range of duties under general supervision.
Assists inmates or offenders diagnosed with serious mental or medical illnesses and other social adjustment problems to receive appropriate services or benefits;
Prepares and manages case records and reports concerning benefits management services received by inmates or offenders in correctional institutions and detention facilities;
Interviews inmates or offenders to obtain the information necessary to determine eligibility for social services, mental health services or eligibility for continuation of treatment services previously qualified for in public social services, health or mental health systems;
Assesses case situations and makes recommendations to supervisor regarding individualized plans of service;
Establishes and maintains regular contact with the Mental Hygiene Administration of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, government resources and other helping agencies to share data that identifies and facilitates the provision of entitlement benefits and treatment services to inmates or offenders;
Testifies in legal proceedings as to the facts of a specific inmate or offender service case;
Develops and implements a personalized training plan to maintain and upgrade knowledge and skills related to the delivery of direct services;
Performs other related duties.
Knowledge of human growth and development;
Knowledge of emotional, social, economic and physical needs of adults or juveniles;
Knowledge of individual and group behavior;
Knowledge of the social implications of various diseases or disabilities;
Ability to interview inmates or offenders and record relevant case information;
Ability to assess inmate and offender’s circumstances in order to evaluate their strengths, weaknesses, environmental constraints and eligibility for entitlement programs and resources;
Ability to work effectively with incarcerated adults or juveniles who have social, economic, emotional or behavioral problems;
Ability to enhance and develop problem solving and coping capabilities of inmates or offenders;
Ability to identify social services, medical and mental hygiene resources for individuals with disabilities and aged individuals and to learn to appropriately link inmates or offenders to them;
Ability to make recommendations regarding individualized plans of service;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff members, other agencies and institutions and the general public.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a behavioral science, such as: sociology, social work, psychology, counseling, nursing, criminology, juvenile justice, human growth and development, human services, mental health or human resources management that includes at least 30 credit hours in human services or human development.
Experience: One year of experience providing casework or community organizational services in a public or private social service agency or correctional facility.
Note: Possession of a Social Work Associate license from the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners can be substituted for the required experience.
Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology and Welfare field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.
1. Employees who have not already done so must complete an approved training program and pass a competency test before being granted permanent employment status.
2. Employees of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Department of Juvenile Services are required to qualify for and successfully complete the Entry Level Training Academy approved by the Police and Correctional Training Commission.
3. Employees are required to meet mandatory standards for continuing education as determined by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services or the Department of Juvenile Services. Employees who fail to obtain the required continuing education credits shall be subject to disciplinary action including demotion, suspension and dismissal.
4. Employees in this classification may be required to provide the employer with a telephone number at which they can be reached.