FIT(Family Involvement Team) Caseworker ~ Social Service Specialist 1

State of Oregon - Portland, OR3.9

30+ days agoFull-time

A career with Children, Adults and Families, within the Department of Human Services is a chance to change at a time. Do you want the ability to impact families in a positive way? Bring your professional knowledge, excellent communications skills and emotional intelligence to work with the Department of Human Services

We are currently seeking proactive learners and resilient contributors to join our Children, Adults and Family team of professionals. There is one permanent full-time opening in Portland. This position is represented by a union.

DHS is guided by our core values of Integrity, Innovation, Respect, Service Equity, Responsibility, Stewardship and Professionalism.

What you will be doing:
This position is part of DHS protective services and permanency programs. The Family Involvement Team (FIT) is a collaborative effort that includes the Department of Human Services, Multnomah County's Department of Community Justice, and the Multnomah County Family Courts along with six community based residential and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs. FIT provides screening and referral for all Multnomah County child welfare clients who need treatment services and volunteer to participate. FIT strives to engage the substance abusing parent in addiction treatment as soon as possible with the goal of the client completing treatment and resuming their parental role.

At Juvenile Court, FIT can connect parents with alcohol and drug abuse screenings. The CADC refers the client, if necessary to a drug abuse and alcohol assessment and treatment. This contact happens immediately following the preliminary court hearings. At four DHS CW branches, parents can also enroll in FIT and initiate substance abuse treatment. The FIT workers provide the DHS CW clients with support and the opportunity to engage clients in treatment at one of the FIT contracted treatment agencies.

DHS FIT caseworker provides support, coordination, consultation and liaison services between case carrying staff and alcohol and drug services. This position works with the caseworker to achieve optimum utilization and integration of alcohol and drug services within the child welfare service plan. The FIT caseworker will participate in specialized training to provide consultation in all areas of casework related to working with families and individuals affected by substance abuse. This position will collaborate in a team with District Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Alcohol and Drug Outreach Workers and Case managers in the A&D treatment centers to enhance the delivery of coordinated drug and alcohol and child welfare services to work within the FIT mission to: " Expedite access to treatment for parents impacted by substance abuse disorders by collaboratively removing barriers to treatment, and providing services that support sustained recovery and accelerate family reunification." Duties include, but are not limited to, encouraging communication between DHS and FIT contacted providers within the DHS branches to ensure referrals, supportive services, transition planning, DHS plans and court orders are communicated effectively between treatment programs and child welfare; responding with child protective service staff in urgent situations related to substance abuse; and participation in case staffing; court hearings and other case related meetings; identification of appropriate treatment resources; facilitation of treatment referrals as needed and completion of case related reports and necessary paperwork as needed.
Other duties as assigned.

Travel to branches throughout the assigned geographic area. Occasional overtime and /or evening work. Occasional travel to other geographic areas and to Central Office in Salem to attend meetings and training. You must have a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
Position will be located at Juvenile Court and will work primarily in this setting
DHS Caseworker FIT Team Liaison -District 2 Branch Position
Position will rotate between the four DHS branches in Multnomah County and will work primarily in the branches.

This is what you need to qualify:
Bachelor's or higher level degree in Social Work/Human Services or a closely related field; OR

A Bachelor's degree in a field not closely related (to Social Work/Human Services) and one year of human services related experience (i.e., work providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economically disadvantaged, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, inadequate housing).

We are looking for candidates with a work history that demonstrates skill with the following:
Experience working with families and individuals affected by substance abuse.
Experience communicating effectively with people over the telephone, in writing and in person and by facilitating meetings and coordinating teams.
Experience with case management related duties/tasks in a human or social service setting.
Experience with case planning and treatment integration.
Child Welfare program experience.
Experience collaborating with community partners and building teams.
Experience documenting individual client cases.
Experience screening and assessing clients for appropriate community referral or eligibility for programs relate to human services.

Only candidates who meet the qualifications for this position and with work experience most closely meeting the requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.


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If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the DHS, Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

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Core benefitsMedical, vision and dental insurance Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members $5,000 in employee basic life insuranceRetirement benefits
Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.
Paid leaves and other benefits
Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year Ten paid holidays a yearThe state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits
Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents Long-term and short-term disability Accidental Death and Dismemberment Long-term care (self and eligible family members) Flexible spending accounts Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.
The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.