Adult Protective Services Caseworker

Bangor, Maine, United States | Human Services | Full-time

Apply by: March 3, 2021
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Human Services Caseworker

Opening Date: February 18, 2021

Closing Date:  March 3, 2021

Job Class Code: 5069
Grade:     22
Salary: $19.58 - $26.27/hour*

*Position receives a $3.00/hour stipend and an additional $1.00/hour with a relevant Masters degree.

Position Number: 03030-4664

Location: Bangor—this position requires travel throughout Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.

 

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.

 

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 Investigations of abuse, neglect and exploitation, guardianship studies and assessing for capacity to make decisions.
  • Assess the need for public guardianship. Complete and file petitions and testify in Court as necessary.
  • Investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of incapacitated and dependent adults, Identify and arrange for support services. 

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 activities in the form of case notes.
  • Advocating for and coordinating provision of services.
  • Maintaining accurate case records of activities; writing summaries, reports, letters, and memos.
  • Exercising discretion in decision making in carrying out investigation activities.

 

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 questions about this position, please contact Janice.Archer@Maine.gov 

 

 To request a paper application, please contact Ashley.Smith@Maine.gov .

BENEFITS

The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 14.11% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($400.34) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in the Health Premium Credit Program can decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%. 

 

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.