Adult Protective Services Caseworker

Machias, ME Full-time

Human Services Caseworker
Opening Date: August 9, 2019

Closing Date:  August 23, 2019

Job Class Code: 5069
Grade: 22
Salary: $18.10 - $24.52/hour
Position Number: 02000-1794

 

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 an Adult Protective Caseworker, you will:

  • Perform professional social work for incapacitated and dependent adults, including Adult Protective Services Intake, Investigation, and Public Guardianship and/or conservatorship duties.
  • Investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of incapacitated and dependent adults, Identify and arrange for support services, and petition for public guardianship and conservatorship as appropriate.
  • Communicate with individuals reporting to APS to determine whether APS has authority to become involved and document all relevant information electronically.
  • Act as the Public guardian representative for adults under guardianship/conservatorship. This includes medical, psychiatric, placement, and financial decision-making, and involves regular face to face contact with adults under guardianship/conservatorship and their caregivers, medical professionals, and family members.

 

Your workload will include:

  • Performing the APS investigations process in a timely manner, which includes interviewing clients, alleged perpetrators, and collateral contacts and requesting and reviewing records as necessary.
  • Documenting all investigation and guardian representative activities in the form of case notes.
  • Advocating for and coordinating provision of services.
  • Visiting individuals regularly for ongoing assessment of needs and safety.
  • Maintaining accurate case records of activities; writing summaries, reports, letters, and memos.
  • Exercising discretion in decision making in carrying out investigation and guardian representative activities.
  • Acting as Representative Payee/Conservator for individuals.
  • Serving as Public Guardian agent, making decisions to promote individual self-determination consistent with the best interests, health and well-being of public wards.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

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.)

 

 The background of well-qualified candidates will include at least 1 year of experience working with incapacitated and dependent adults. Please describe that experience in your cover letter.

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

For additional information about this position please contact Susan Lauritano Susan.S.Lauritano@maine.gov  . To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter. To request a paper application, please contact Ashley Vigue at  Ashley.Vigue@maine.gov .

BENEFITS
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.