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Social Services Specialist 3
Ref No.: 18-02608
Location: Richmond, Indiana
This is a new position and there is no OT. Schedule has not been determined but it is days (8a-4:30p) with weekends.

Please see attached JD for full details on this role.

Provides advanced social work services to psychiatric patients. Serves as an integral part of patients' treatment team and provides in-depth psychosocial assessment, treatment planning, discharge planning, and liaison services for the patient.
Works w/ gatekeeper, family, Client or representative and external agencies in providing resources that assist patient with recovery. Presents patient cases at treatment team mtgs. Pre-admission evaluations, progress notes, consultations w/ families, daily patient consultations. Prepares discharge in collaboration w/ mental health centers. Assist patients in developing community living skills.

Purpose of Position/Summary:
Provides advanced social work services to psychiatric patients. Employee is an integral part of patients' treatment team and provides in-depth psychosocial assessment, treatment planning, discharge planning, and liaison services for the patient. Employee works with the gatekeeper, family, Client or representative, and external agencies in providing resources that assist patient with recovery.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Serves as social worker and/or case manager as assigned
  • Completes social services assessments with patients in AVATAR
  • Informs/educates patients on their rights (guaranteed & conditional).
  • Completes release of information forms (advanced directives, human rights, and HIPAA release forms) with the patient or other patient representative/Client.
  • Presents patient cases at treatment team meetings or patient staffing identifying problems and treatment approaches and leading meetings to the successful development of treatment plans
  • Maintains a caseload of patients providing pre-admission evaluations, progress notes, consultations with families, and daily patient consultations.
  • Prepares discharge plans in collaboration with mental health centers, family or representative, and other agencies.
  • Accompanies unit-assigned patient on date of discharge to ensure continuity of care in linking them with local mental health center.
  • Needs to be available to serve as another Social Worker's back-up in accompanying a patient upon discharge in linking them with their local CMHC.
  • Assists patients in developing community living skills. Promotes continuing care in communities through comprehensive discharge planning.
  • Consults with and visits various other social service agencies to assist in individual care and to develop and maintain ongoing working relationships.
  • Thorough knowledge of computer use, AVATAR, and ANSA certification required.
  • Completes necessary continuing education training, certifications, and/or licensure requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:
  • Advanced knowledge of principles and practices of social work and recovery.
  • Specialized knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines for the care, treatment, and right of those with mental illness, developmental delay, and other special populations and/or needs.
  • Specialized knowledge of case management, assessment, active treatment, and continuum of care.
  • Practical knowledge of community social service agencies and ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships with them.
  • Working knowledge of other treatment disciplines such as rehabilitation therapy, psychology, dietetics, and nursing. Ability to integrate these disciplines into overall treatment plans for inpatient clients and while discharge planning.
  • Working knowledge of hospital, departmental, the recovery model and integrated dual disorders treatment.
  • Ability to organize and maintain effective social services community programs and to maintain effective working relationships with community service agencies.
  • Ability to formulate and implement individual treatment plans.
  • Ability to counsel and communicate clear, concise communication with patients, families, other team, and other agencies.
  • Assess patient needs, document [movement] progress, and record/update treatment plans as needed.
  • Train professional and Para-professional staff in treatment modalities.
  • Current knowledge of hospital bridge building and CPR techniques.
  • Obtain ANSA certification.
  • Flexible work hours required.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
Employee will provide documented clinical support and instruction to colleagues who are Social Services
Specialists IV. Reports directly reports to the Psych Social Service Specialist II.

Difficulty of Work:
  • Position and effort requires thoughtful and empathetic consideration of individual patient strengths and needs. Interrelationships linking psychological, psychiatric and social health for patients to develop and implement effective plans of recovery are imperative.
  • Incumbent will follow the general guidelines and Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients'. Professional social work standards are to be utilized in developing and implementing treatment plans. The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values.
  • These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession's history, are the foundation of social work's unique purpose and perspective:
  • service
  • social justice
  • dignity and worth of the person
  • importance of human relationships
  • integrity
  • competence.
This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession. Core values, and the principles that flow from them, must be balanced within the context and complexity of the human experience.
  • Employee adapts theoretical concepts to meet the complex and varying needs of patients. Considerable judgment is also used in coordinating social work within the other treatment disciplines.

  • Employee works independently as a social worker on the treatment team following general instructions and guidelines in developing and implementing treatment plans for individual patients. Employee will serve as technical expert on the treatment team regarding social services. Assessments, interventions, and approach to recovery are periodically evaluated.
  • Provides coverage for social work groups and as needed for colleagues when requested.

Personal Work Relationships:
Interactions with staff, patients, families, and members of other disciplines are to be respectful and reflect recovery principles.

Physical Effort:
Position and effort involves working on the computer, making telephone calls, providing individual and/or group therapy, with awareness of and maintenance for safety of self and others. Sitting, bending, vocal language and physical and mental dexterity are to be expected.

Working Conditions:
  • Unit office environment with frequent work on the unit and in group meeting rooms stretched across campus. May accompany patients' off-grounds.
  • Physically dangerous conditions may be present at times due to problems common to the populations.
  • Acute cognitive and emotional awareness of all things present is imperative to ensure health and safety of self, patients, and staff.