DSHS Social Service Specialist 3
Join us today in Transforming Lives and be part of our hard-working team of professionals that provide social services to vulnerable adult populations.Adult Protective Servicesis seeking Social Service Investigators to join our growing team!
You will investigate reports of abandonment, abuse, exploitation, neglect, and self-neglect. Bring your professional knowledge and skills to advocate for vulnerable adults. Job success is measured by your ability to gather evidence, conduct objective, timely and thorough investigations to determine findings based on the preponderance of evidence standard. Most importantly, you are assisting individuals with services that maintain their safety and dignity.
Some of what you'll do:
Interview clients in their home, residence, and facilities; investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, abandonment and exploitation
Interview alleged perpetrators
Collect and evaluate relevant information to make decisions related to investigations, services, and outcomes
Provide client advocacy, consultation, networking, family support, and crisis intervention
Coordinate with law enforcement, judicial entities, families, facilities, local office staff, other regional offices, community agencies and partners regarding needs of clients served
Interview collateral contacts to gather additional information
Identify situations presenting a risk to vulnerable adults and refer to service groups
Refer to other community resources and internal and external stakeholders
Prepare and provide testimony at administrative hearings, court proceedings, criminal, civil and administrative proceedings
Participate in on-going training, meetings and provide community education on APS programs
What we're looking for:
Experience performing investigations
Knowledge of Medicaid terminology, regulations and policies
Understanding of Long Term Care programs and policy
Time management skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work autonomously making decisions, sometimes in immediate safety situations
One year of paid experienceworking with vulnerable adults or children assessing risk and determining functioningcapabilities
Who should apply?
One year as a Social Service Specialist 2
A Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, criminal law/justice or an allied field and one year of paid social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2
A Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, criminal law/justice or an allied field, and two years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2
NOTE: A two year Master's degree in one of the above fields that included a practicum will be substituted for one year
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