Bilingual Caseworker, Community Wraparound Team
The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Caseworker position.
The Bilingual Caseworker engages youth and their families in intensive care coordination, case management and support services. Identified youth are referred by human service agencies, schools or the court system and are at risk of placement outside the home (i.e.: foster care, psychiatric hospital, detention, or residential treatment) or are in congregate care preparing for return to the community. Services are provided in collaboration with youth, their identified family and other professionals. Position is community based and the provision of services is in the community and at the Center for Alexandria's Children. Caseworker embraces System of Care values while working collaboratively with families, team members and stakeholders to prevent out of home placement. Tasks are performed in accordance with established policies and procedures.
What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the philosophy and provisions of State laws and the special treatment methods for juvenile and/or adult offenders, battered women and emotionally and physically abused and neglected children; good knowledge of social, economic, health, and behavioral problem; of the assigned service population; good knowledge of individual and group behavior; some knowledge of major psychotropic medications, their side effects and interactions with other medications; some knowledge of the role of police, courts, and the criminal justice system, commitment procedures, and the constitutional rights of the disabled; ability to identify social problems and needs and to assess clients' and/or their family's ability to utilize available services; ability to interpret laws, policies, and regulations; ability to apply casework and group philosophy; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, co-workers, social agencies, and the general public; ability to guide clients in the constructive use of their own capabilities; ability to provide guidance and assistance to interns and volunteers.
- Receive and triage intake calls and email, and follow up with intake contacts;
- Assist in completing administrative and clinical intakes;
- Facilitate High Fidelity Wraparound model of care coordination;
- Provide other intensive care coordination services for children in and at risk of residential treatment;
- Provide individual and family supportive counseling;
- Provide care during crisis by linking to emergency services, and supporting family during acute assessments
- Provide relevant case information at treatment team meetings and via court testimony;
- Locate and link youth and/or family to identified community services (i.e. medical, residential, financial and recreational);
- Collaborate closely with other agencies and entities including but not limited to Child Welfare, Court Service Unit, School, and the Family Assessment and Planning Team;
- Maintain electronic medical records in accordance with accreditation body, Department policies, licensing and Medicaid regulations;
- Perform related work as required.
About the Department
The Center for Children and Families (CCF) provides programs and services for Behavioral Health, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Child Welfare & Child Protective Services, Early Childhood and Youth Development. CCF provides compassionate, collaborative and effective person and family-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety, recovery and resiliency for Alexandria children and all residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.