HUMAN SERVICES CLINICIAN (ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES)

Location
Virginia
Salary
$68,868.80 - $105,164.80 Annually
Posted
Oct 15, 2021
Closes
Oct 29, 2021
Ref
6614-22D-DHS-EM
Function
Management
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
The Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) is hiring an experienced Human Services Clinician in the Adult Social Services unit to provide care coordination services for vulnerable adults over the age of 18, most whom are over the age of 60. Adult Protective Services is a team of 3 clinicians who investigate reports of alleged abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults and individuals with disabilities living in the community as mandated by the State of Virginia. Adult Social Services is a team of 6 clinicians who deliver intensive community-based case management support.

This hire will benefit from cross training to support both teams, primarily focusing on Adult Protective Services. The Adult Social Services unit operates under the Community Supports and Coordination Bureau which also includes Nursing Case Management, Arlington Adult Day Program, the Aging and Disability Resource Center and Agency on Aging). These collaborative services are offered to enhance the quality of life, independence, and maximize the well-being of the individual. ADSD strives to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation; ensures persons remain safely in their homes when possible; and facilitates linkages to internal and community resources. The population served is culturally and ethnically diverse.

ADSD is part of an integrated social and wellness model, helping older and vulnerable adults and their caregivers maintain the highest level of independence and quality of life in their community of choice. ADSD connects customers to wrap around supportive services including adult protective services, adult social services, home-based nursing case management, in-home services, Medicare counseling, senior adult mental health, and volunteer guardianship.

To learn more about services, please visit ADSD.

Responsibilities include:
  • Conducts investigations concerning allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
  • Performs comprehensive assessments in both the office and/or place of residence to determine need for resources and services and/or validate allegations;
  • Providing crisis stabilization to reduce and/or eliminate the risk of abuse, neglect / self-neglect and/or financial exploitation of older adults and persons with disabilities;
  • Prepares a complete client service plan to remedy contributing problems and stop behavior patterns of abuse/neglect/exploitation and solicits family/caregiver cooperation including offering alternatives to living environment if the client has been deemed incapacitated or incompetent;
  • Monitors the progress of the adult or living environment towards meeting objectives of the service plan, the need to modify the plan, and the eventual closing of the case;
  • May complete and participate in court processes, including but not limited to guardianship/conservatorship hearings; and/or
  • Maintaining electronic case records in compliance with applicable clinical.
Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria
Minimums:
  • Master's Degree in Human Services, Social Work, Counseling, Gerontology, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline;
  • Practicum prior to graduation involving diagnostic, treatment, and case management services with a focus on older adults, gerontology, adult services or a related field; and
  • Two years of post-Master's degree experience providing professional clinical human services, which included the application of diagnostic, treatment, and case management services with an older adult population.
Substitution: A directly related higher level clinical degree may substitute for the Master's degree education requirement and one year of professional clinical social work experience. In the case of such substitution, the remainder of the qualifying work experience must have been gained after the higher-level degree was awarded.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Previous work experience in protective services;
  • Providing services to persons with disabilities, older adults (60+), and their families;
  • Working with individuals from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds;
  • Collaborating with Courts and the legal system when providing services; and/or
  • Virginia licensed or license eligible as a clinical social worker.

Special Requirements
An online application is required.

Applicant must possess or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A background check is required and may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit check and may require signing a release authorizing the County to obtain this information. The position will require travel around Arlington County. Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time the appointment a valid Driver's license from the applicant's place of resident or be willing to use alternative modes of transportation.

A pre-hire background check and State of Virginia Child Welfare and Neglect Central Registry will be required.

The position will require travel primarily in Arlington County.

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