Developmental Services Caseworker

Portland, Maine, United States Full-time

Application closes: Sept. 20, 2019

Human Services Caseworker

Opening Date: September 6, 2019 

Closing Date:  September 20, 2019

Job Class Code: 5069
Grade: 22
Salary: $18.64 - $25.26/hour*
*Most caseworkers start at $20.32 per hour
Position Number: 03030-4488
This position requires travel throughout Cumberland and York Counties


Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, protective, public health and intervention services that safeguard the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.


The Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) within DHHS is responsible for ensuring the safety, support and well-being of Maine’s older citizens, vulnerable adults and adults with disabilities.

Job duties:

 As a Developmental Services Caseworker for the Office of Aging and Disability Services, you will:  

  • Perform professional social work for eligible adults with developmental disabilities, including case management and public guardianship and/or conservatorship.
  • Coordinate the provision of services including housing, employment, direct supports, and the promotion of community inclusion.
  • Participate in care planning which includes plan writing and extensive documentation. Provide case management activities for adults under guardianship/conservatorship including medical, psychiatric, placement, and financial decision-making. 


Your workload will include:


  • Advocating for and coordinating provision of services including reviewing, analyzing, and documenting person-centered plans, care plans and behavior plans.
  • Visiting clients regularly for ongoing assessment of needs and safety including assessing living arrangements and support systems.
  • Maintaining accurate case records of assessments, activities, and plans; writing summaries, reports, letters, and memos.
  • Discussing and documenting progress with the individual and the treatment team.
  • Evaluating impact of services and exercising discretion in decision making in order to determine the continued need for, modification or in some cases, termination of services.
  • Monitoring community based Medicaid Waiver programs and documenting progress and outcomes.
  • Participating in crisis resolution using crisis intervention techniques and skills.
  • Collaborating with Adult Protective Services and Crisis Prevention/Intervention Services when necessary to stabilize and secure emergency needs.
  • Acting as Representative Payee/Conservator for individuals and also serves as Public Guardian agent and makes decisions consistent with the best interests, health and well-being of public wards.


The background of well-qualified candidates will include at least 1 year of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Please describe that experience in your cover letter.



 In order to qualify, you must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational institution in Social Work/Social Welfare; OR a Bachelor’s Degree in a related social service/social welfare/social work area which includes at least 12 courses in behavioral science, social science, or social work; AND must have or be eligible for conditional or full licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) as determined by the Maine State Board of Social Worker Licensure.

Necessary Special Requirement: Applicants must have or be eligible for conditional or full licensure at the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) level as issued by the Maine State Board of Social Worker Licensure. (An LSW requires an earned BA/BS in social work. An LSW-Conditional requires an earned BA/BS in a field related to social work.)


For additional information about this position please contact Bethany Mulkern at .To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter. To request a paper application, please contact Ashley Smith at .

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.47% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2019.


The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.