Full Job Description
Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.
This position is based on Specialty Services (SS) geriatric unit, with an expectation of being cross-trained on the other Specialty Services units.
The Social Worker II position provides clinical services including assessment in accordance with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V (DSM-V) criteria for mental health diagnoses (reflected in Social Assessments), individual/group therapy as assigned, recovery team collaboration, and development of person centered recovery plans. Identifies individual and family mental health education needs and barriers to learning. Assessment of individuals’ readiness for discharge and coordination of the discharge process. Responsible for continuity of care functions and discharge planning by collaborating with person served, families, Mental Health Authority (MHA) and other community agencies. Acts as liaison, coordinator, and recovery team representative for mental health commitment process, by tracking commitment deadlines and providing clinical testimony in hearings as needed. Provides information on commitment process to families and persons served as needed. Liaison for competency hearings, guardianship processes, and Advanced Directives. Supervises interns (as applicable). May perform supervisory duties on occasion, such as providing coverage for Senior Social Worker. Will also be involved in quality assurance activities pertaining to the unit. Works under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of the initiative and independent judgment.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
1. Complete social assessments within 168 hours of admission.
2. Ensure social assessments are in compliance with Medicare, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and Austin State Hospital (ASH) quality standards.
3. Complete Progress Notes according to ASH Quality standards.
4. Perform Continuum of Care functions in accordance with ASH, JCAHO, Medicare, and Texas Administrative Code standards.
5. Provides appropriate education on mental health issues to families/persons served and identifies barriers to learning.
6. Provides individual and/or group therapy (if applicable), according to population needs and group availability.
7. Facilitates commitment process.
8. Identifies presence of and/or person’s desire for Advanced Directives/Legally Authorized Representative.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:KNOWLEDGE OF:
1. Treatment of the seriously mentally ill
2. JCAHO, Medicare and ASH Standards
3. ASH mission and policies and procedures
4. Ethical principles and code of conduct
5. Texas Mental Health Code for civil and criminal commitments
6. Psychiatric Disorders – DSM-V
7. Community resources/agencies
8. Medical Issues
9. Aggressive/assaultive behavior in psychiatric population
10. Crisis intervention/suicide issues
11. Treatment Milieu
12. Behavior Therapy
13. Person centered recovery planning process – computer software
14. Infection control issues and procedures
15. Safety program, including disaster protocol
1. Individual and family education regarding serious mental illness
2. Social assessment formulation
3. Person centered recovery and continuity of care planning
4. Effective communication
5. Problem solving
6. Crisis intervention
7. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
8. Treatment, Intervention, and Protection Strategies (TIPS)
9. Working effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team
10. Managing rapidly changing priorities and dealing with a diverse case load
1. Function effectively as treatment team coordinator
2. Serve as liaison between ASH, community resources, court system, individuals and families
3. Identify individual/family needs and activate appropriate system
4. Organize and coordinate treatment issues
5. Skills and sensitivity in working with a diverse population
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (TSBSWE). Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or registered to take Texas licensing exam with test date specified in the License/Certification section of application.
Initial Selection Criteria:
1. You have Texas LBSW/LMSW/LCSW licensure or are registered to take Texas exam
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68X, 67D, 73A, HM, 230X, 0149, 42SX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.