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Social Service Specialist 3 - Adult Protective Services Investigator
Do you believe in opening doors and transforming lives? Join us today and be part of our hard-working team of professionals at the Bellingham Adult Protective Services Office.
In this role, you will investigate reports of abandonment, abuse, financial exploitation, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults, and provides protective services and legal remedies to protect vulnerable adults. You will conduct objective, timely and thorough investigations; assist vulnerable adults to access appropriate services as provided by rules and regulations, policy guidelines and client consent; networking and coordinating with others to serve vulnerable adults and educating vulnerable adults and the community about abuse, neglect, self-neglect, abandonment, exploitation and protective services.
Some of what you'lldo:
Investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and/or abandonment of vulnerable adults
Conduct face to face interviews with alleged victims, alleged perpetrators, and other collateral contacts
Collect and analyze financial documents and relevant information to make decisions related to investigation, services and outcomes
Assess vulnerable adult's cognition, physical, mental and functional abilities.
Coordinate and collaborate with appropriate law enforcement agencies, legal entities, contractors/providers, Physicians, numerous community agencies, and other Company divisions in order to provide services to vulnerable adults
Promote and provide community education and awareness regarding the Adult Protective Services program and other services available to vulnerable adults which we serve
What we're looking for:
Strong investigation and assessment skills
Knowledge of Medicaid terminology, regulations, and policies
Ability to engage individuals under difficult circumstances, to gather information to make accurate and precise decisions
Analyze and review evidence and effectively communicate investigative findings
Awareness and sensitivity to cultural differences when engaging customers
Maintain confidentiality of all client information
Communicate information both orally and in writing
Ability to develop and partner with outside agencies
Professionals with one of the following should apply:
One year of experience as a Social Service Specialist 2.
A Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, criminal justice/law, or a related field and two years of paid social service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2. A Master's degree in one of the above fields that included a practicum may substitute for one year of paid social service experience.
A Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, criminal justice/law, or a related field and three years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2
Experience must include one year of paid experience assessing risk and safety to vulnerable adults, children or disabled population.
To be considered for this opportunity please include the following:
Cover Letter - describing your interest and why you would be a good APS Investigator
College transcripts - degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution
Questions? Please contact ___@___(apply_to_show_email) and reference #05373
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.
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