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Adult Protective Services Social Services Worker (37482)(37483)(37484)

Company: State of Montana
Location: Missoula
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Who We Are:/The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)/ seeks to improve and protect the health, well-being and self-reliance of all Montanans./Senior and Long Term Care Divisions/mission is to advocate and promote dignity and independence for older Montanans and Montanans with disabilities by//providing information, education, and assistance; planning, developing and providing for quality long-term care services; and operating within a costeffective service delivery system.The/Adult Protective Services Bureau/helps to protect vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation by matching the needs of the person with community partners in their area such as mental health, public health, law enforcement, the courts, the aging network, community groups and the public. If you are interested in being part of a helping organization, this position may be of interest to you.Job Overview:The purpose of the Adult Protective Services (APS) Social Worker position is to follow up with and protect the elderly as well as adults with disabilities who are at-risk for adult maltreatment: abuse, neglect or exploitation. This position will provide person-centered services within a trauma-informed system to assure safety, protection, and well-being for adults who are at risk of or have been subjected to adult maltreatment. Responsibilities include: assessing individuals safety; determining appropriate interventions to control for safety threats; developing service plans for individuals to build protective capacities and autonomy and independence; implementing emergency petitions for guardianship, follow up service plans for at-risk adult regarding adult maltreatment, identifying and making referrals for services for at-risk adults in their community that ensure stability and meet requirements of established laws; and tracking progress of programs, assuring positive outcomes with regards to the adults well-being, including physical and mental health concerns.Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities):_Adult Safety_Conducts home visits, completes risk assessments of the at-risk adult, in accordance with requirements of state, NAPSA/ACL guidelines statutes and agency policy, using standardized safety assessment tools and decision-making guides.Documents and communicates safety threats to all involved, including preparation of affidavits for District Court when necessary. Provides appropriate level of intervention to assure safety of at-risk adults in need of adult Protective Services (APS). Conducts home visits to learn if the person needs help. Talks to clients about their situation, asking personal questions to gather information about all aspects of their life including money, sex, health, relationships, and even terminal illness or death.Assists APS Investigators in locating out-of-home care, when necessary, and ensures that the placement is safe and complies with statutory and policy preferences and is in the best interests of the adult. Identifies available resources and connects families and adults to these resources.Documents all relevant information and completes all required forms. Works under deadlines and pressure created by the nature and volume of the cases, prioritizing efforts and working flexible work hours. _Service Plans for Adults_Engages at-risk adults and families in the establishment of a service plan when needed through Supportive Decision Making, and assures service plan follows order of court and meets the needs and wishes of the at-risk adult as set forth in statute and policy.Provides ongoing reasonable efforts to implement the service plan in a timely manner consistent with the best interests of the at-risk adult.Prepares timely, clear, factually specific and accurate affidavits for the District Court to allow the District Court to take steps necessary to timely implement involuntary interventions regarding at-risk adults. Stays current and up-to-date on all service plans and in person contact, according to APS policy.Stays informed about the at-risk adults placement activities and issues, and works to ensure stability by providing referrals to services and interventions in the community.Attends regular meetings with APS Investigators, community providers, and educates at-risk adults and family members about what they can do to avoid abuse, neglect, or exploitation.Documents contacts and records services to assure prompt payment for services. Updates records as needed. _Adult Well Being_Assures at-risk adult is evaluated and assessed to determine medical and psychological needs throughout the case.Tracks and shares outcomes of evaluations success or failures of community interventions with the at-risk adult.Determines if additional services are needed to achieve autonomy and independence.Makes recommendations for medical, psychological, and other services.Provides services to courts for guardianship cases when a court visitor is required, according to APS policy and procedure.Documents all relevant information and completes all required forms.Physical and Environmental Demands:The work of an APS Social Services Worker is extremely difficult and involves extensive field work in the homes of families. This position is a telework position where the employee will work from home. Employee will be required to travel throughout their assigned regions, counties and tribal communities during work time, on a routine basis in changing weather conditions, including occasional overnight stays for investigations and training (60%). The ability to engage and work with angry and violent individuals, make critical decisions, assess situations, travel when needed, and remain flexible while working under demanding timelines with strict documentation requirements is required. Office time is limited due to the field work demands of this position.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Required for the first day of work:Knowledge of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation.Knowledge of the family systems, principles, and practices of social work and social services delivery.Excellent oral and written communication skills.Skill in dealing with individuals from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.Ability to conduct in-depth investigations, research findings and document results.Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, maintaining them over time.Ability to maintain a calm and objective demeanor during periods of stress and pressure, defusing possible volatile situations.Ability to operate a personal computer and general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, including using spreadsheets, word processing, database, email, internet and other computer programs. Preferred:Knowledge of child development, adult maltreatment prevention and treatment, and person centered social work practice.Knowledge of the methods and procedures for Adult Protective Services.Knowledge of the laws and rules pertaining to Adult Protective Services such as emergency protective order, guardianship/conservatorship process.Minimum Education and Experience:Bachelors degree in social work, human services or psychology, or directly-related degree.Two years of social services work experience, or directly-related work experience, working with elderly, disabled adults, or intellectually disabled adults in difficult and sometimes volatile situations.Other combinations of directly related education and experience maybe considered on a case-by-case basis; however, a bachelors degree is required.Preferred Adult Protective Services work experience and NAPSA Core Competency certificate. If no certificate, must complete within 2 years of hire date.Experience working with tribal government entities and/or other organizations of native peoples is highly preferred./Women (and/or) minorities may be under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply/Special Information: This is a telework position with a focus on specific counties as assigned; therefore, an applicant does not have to reside in the major towns listed on this requisition (Missoula, Billings, Bozeman). The position is funded by a grant through August 31, 2022.This requisition is open until filled, with a first review of applications 1 week from date of posting.Job:Community/Social ServicesTitle:Adult Protective Services Social Services Worker (37482)(37483)(37484)Location:MissoulaRequisition ID:21140601Other Locations:Bozeman, Billings

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