Youth Services Caseworker - Fall River District Office

State Of Massachusetts Fall River , MA 02722

Posted 1 month ago

The Department of Youth Services (DYS) is the juvenile justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We work with young people who are detained or committed and provide detention, custody, diagnosis, education and support to young people ages 12-21. Most of the youth served are between the ages 14 and 18. The Department promotes positive change for the youth committed to our care, and has been on the forefront of de-institutionalization, in part, by providing adolescent-focused rehabilitation to youth in residential treatment.

The Department of Youth Services employs staff in various professions and backgrounds in order to engage young people in strategies that support positive youth development. As a key member of the residential team, direct-care staff must monitor and provide on-site and immediate intervention of DYS youth in our residential facilities.

For additional information about the Department of Youth Services and its programs please watch: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gyP0kCJ181nBakh9Cc0pNNEyPw7kAoI6/view

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Complete diagnostic assessments on youth committed to the agency by conducting home visits and assessments. Interview family members and caregivers with a focus on such areas as developmental and behavioral history, family and educational history and peer relationships, delinquency behavior and substance abuse; review medication and medical history to provide appropriate services to the youth based on assessment and to determine the youth's risk and/or needs.

  • Develop a service delivery plan and monitor implementation by reviewing and updating plan goals; participate in meetings on the client's short and long term treatment needs in order to provide structure and to encourage and support positive change. Participate in the coordination and delivery of individual core and pro-social services and activities in areas such as education, employment, civic engagement, physical and behavioral health, interpersonal relationships and pro-social skills.

  • Monitor client accountability through specific supervision regimes including electronic monitoring, daily school and home checks, regular program visits, drug testing and self-reporting to determine progress in particular programs, to determine reasons for identified negative behavior and to make determinations concerning the need for changes in program or facility assignments, service plans or referrals.

  • Request authorization to issue warrants and assists in coordination of youth apprehension with local, state police and other agency law enforcement including Department of Youth Services (DYS) personnel to ensure both youth and public safety. Initiate the issuance and/or cancellation of parole violation and escape warrants and detainers.

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships and open communication with juvenile justice system stakeholders including courts, police departments, district attorneys' offices, parents, schools, government agencies and community resources to facilitate continuum of care for youth, to resolve problem situations and to determine availability of resources.

  • Provide and/or coordinate the transportation of youth to courts, job interviews, medical appointments, schools, programs and other locations to ensure youth receive appropriate services. Transports parents/caretakers of youth to activities related to the youth's service plan.

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive case file including monthly records, case histories, clinical evaluations, police reports and revocation packages for dissemination and sharing of information to relevant stakeholders. Enters data into the agency's client management database.

  • Coordinate DNA testing and special status notifications in compliance with agency policy in order to ensure required timelines and standards are met.

  • Provide intensive case management for high risk youths (ie: gang involved and sex offenders) and youth with mental health and serious trauma histories to lower risk to the community and promote positive change.

  • Ensure comprehensive and individualized discharge planning for all youth. Offers and coordinates voluntary post-discharge services (e.g. Assent of Ward) to all youth in advance of their discharge from commitment.

  • Represent the agency at court sessions by communicating information on department regulations regarding committed and detained or pre-adjudicated youth; assist in implementing alternative placement options to divert youths from the detention system by identifying less restrictive, community based settings or home based supports.

  • Participate in the process necessary to establish targeted case management rates.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal skills.

  • Considerable knowledge of casework principles and methods.

  • Considerable knowledge of the cases, rehabilitative methods and prevention of juvenile delinquency.

  • Considerable knowledge of State laws pertaining to juvenile laws and juvenile rights.

  • Considerable knowledge of community agencies' capacity to provide resources to youth with special needs and role of community agencies on youth behavior.

  • Working knowledge of the principle of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

  • Knowledge of and experience in community corrections.

  • Knowledge of pathways to delinquency.

  • Knowledge of adolescent development.

  • Knowledge of Mental Health/Trauma issues in adolescents.

  • Ability/Desire to work with juvenile offenders using a team approach.

  • Knowledge of gender-responsive principles as it pertains to adolescent.

  • Certified in Restraint, CPR and Crisis Intervention

This is a Civil Service position. If there is no Civil Service list for this title, employees appointed must take and pass the next Civil Service examination when administered.

Transportation requirement: Incumbents are required to possess a current and valid motor vehicle driver's license at a class level specific to assignment.

Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years.

This position will be located at the Department of Youth Services Southeast Region/Fall River District Office, 45 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02721.

Schedule:

Candidate must be flexible.

Schedule: Friday through Tuesday 8:45 am

  • 5:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10:45 am

  • 7:00 pm with Saturday and Sunday off; some flexibility is required

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Candidates must pass a pre-employment screening which includes:

  • Drug Screening

  • Psychological Screening

  • Medical Examination

  • Physical Abilities Test (PAT) for direct care positions.

If you would like more information, please logon to the DYS website www.mass.gov/dys to access detailed information on the Pre-Employment process.

Pre-Offer Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and click on "Information for Job Applicants".

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please the contact the Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days

Applicants must have (A) a high school diploma or equivalent and (B) at least three (3) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or paraprofessional experience in work that involves overseeing and providing for the care and custody of youth and/or adult offenders, counseling and/or coordinating the delivery of services to youth and/or adult offenders or in a related law enforcement capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Upon hire, incumbents shall be required to complete and maintain a valid certification in crisis intervention, suicide prevention, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and first aid.

Incumbents are required to possess a current and valid motor vehicle driver's license at a class level specific to assignment.

Substitutions:

I. An Associate's degree or higher with a major in Counseling, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the (B) required experience.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Youth Services Caseworker - Fall River District Office

State Of Massachusetts