ASSISTANT COURT INVESTIGATOR II, Probate Court 2 (Exp assessing adults required)

Tarrant County, TX - Tarrant County, TX

Determines whether an alleged incapacitated person meets the criteria for guardianship or if there are less restrictive alternatives to avoid the need for guardianship.
The Assistant Court Investigator II investigates the ability of the alleged incapacitated person ("proposed ward") to function in his or her environment; reviews the proposed ward's medical conditions and records; assesses functional and mental capacity; interviews the proposed ward, family and friends; determines support systems in place for the proposed ward; checks on the proposed wards assets and income; and makes a detailed written report with recommendations to the Court based on the investigation and findings.
May attend guardianship court hearings to testify regarding the investigation, findings, and any recommendations.
Assists with court visitor program including visits and supervising social work contractors.
Speaks with community about guardianship, alternatives, and supports and services as requested.

Salary effective October 1, 2018.

Posting may close at any time.

Tarrant County employees enjoy superior health and insurance benefits.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Assesses capacity of proposed wards.
Prepares and files written reports concerning the need for guardianship.
Investigates and assesses proposed ward including interviewing all relevant parties.
Prepares and files reports for established ward guardianships including problem reports, complaints, successors, modifications to rights, closures, and restorations.
Screens court-initiated referrals.
Reviews proposed care plans for proposed wards.
Recruits, trains, and supervises social work contractors to handle overflow investigations.
Testifies in court as requested.
Interacts with state and local agencies to assist in securing services and resources for proposed wards.
Supervises and trains social work interns as needed.
Trains guardians on their duties upon appointment.
Prepares and gives presentations to the public (community groups and agencies) regarding guardianship, aging and dementia, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements:

TO APPLY, must have a Master Social Work degree or higher and training in assessment of incapacity of adults.

TO APPLY, must have Five (5) full-time years of work experience in assessment of adults.

TO APPLY, must hold current Texas Master Social Work license.

TO APPLY, must possess a valid driver license and current automobile liability insurance.

Verbal skills and interviewing skills required; must be knowledgeable about services available to incapacitated adults including residential, medical, and social services.

Must be experienced in assessing cognitive functioning of adults; must have knowledge of mental illnesses, medical conditions, and medications that affect functioning.

Ability to work independently.

Proficient at prioritizing and assessing risk.

Must be proficient in word processing software.

If hired, must provide proof of educational attainment
at New Hire Processing or during the promotional process.

Tarrant County will conduct background checks on new hires that will include a criminal background check related to convictions and deferred adjudications in the past seven years and may include credit reports, motor vehicle records, employment records and educational attainment. A conviction or deferred adjudication is not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered individually.

Physical Demands and Work Environment & Other Requirements: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is regularly required to bend, carry, climb stairs, drive, keyboard, sit, talk, use his/her hands, walk, work alone and with others, and work overtime. Field work includes conducting interviews in the environment most conducive for the proposed or current ward.