Psychiatric Social Worker II

South Portland, Maine, United States Full-time


 Code: 5032                         Pay Grade: 22 $36,545.60 - $49,524.80

Open for Recruitment:    November 16, 2018  

Close: Once Filled



The Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine has a vacancy for Psychiatric Social Worker II.  This position is open to current Maine DOC employees and all outside candidates.

This is a professional position, performing case management services to assist youth in reducing their criminogenic risk factors so they can reintegrate into the community. Youth typically have a combination of criminogenic and mental health needs. Work is conducted in an institutional setting and is characterized by frequent contacts with psychiatrists, psychologists, correctional staff, treatment teams, families, and community organizations. Work includes developing case plans and working with the team and youth to help the youth attain the treatment goals. Work may involve training lower level social workers and coordinating services with other agencies and the court system. Work is performed under general supervision.


Counsel clients individually to solve problems, provide supportive counseling, prepare discharge plans, and/or provide crisis intervention support.

Arranges and implements group therapy sessions to provide rehabilitation and treatment services.

Refers clients to other hospital or community services to ensure needed services are provided.

Finds homes, places clients in the community, plans for discharge, and assists clients in securing financial aid, vocational training, and follow-up visits at mental health clinics to assist them in adjusting to community life.

Corresponds with clients, their families, other social service agencies and institutions to exchange client information

Develops and completes records and reports on client history, progress, and treatment plan in order to ensure accurate and complete records.

Screens and accepts clients to special programs and changes treatment as necessary to provide required services.

Develops and implements placement programs and discharge procedures to maximize client return to community.

Designs policies and procedures relative to client capacity and rights and coordinates the preparation of guardianship materials to comply with applicable laws.

Knowledge of psychiatric social casework principles and techniques

Knowledge of social aspects of mental disease and mental deficiency and of modern methods of treatment

Knowledge of finding and placement methods and practices

Knowledge of community resources and criminogenic risk factors

Ability to develop and maintain cooperative relationships with co-workers, clients and their families

Ability to prepare clear, timely and comprehensive documentation for Unit Treatment Team and Classification Meetings

Ability to analyze information, reach logical conclusions, and make sound decisions.

Ability to interpret and explain casework programs to community and social agencies. Ability to assist the team in developing behavioral plans


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Entry level knowledge, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience).

A Master's Degree in Social Work including courses in psychiatric social work and one (1) year experience in psychiatric social work -OR- an acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience.


LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)



Value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $444.68 biweekly
  • Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $422.45 biweekly
  • Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $400.21 biweekly
  • Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $377.98 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.


Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 16.9% of pay.


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Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 
We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.