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Social Service Specialist 3 (In-Training considered)
Join us today in Transforming Lives and be part of our hard-working social work team of professionals that provide services to vulnerable adult populations.
Adult Protective Services is seeking Social Work Investigators to join our team in Centralia, Washington.
You will investigate reports of abandonment, abuse, exploitation, neglect, and self-neglect. We need you to bring your professional knowledge and skills to advocate for vulnerable adults. Your success will be measured through gathering evidence, conducting objective, timely and thorough investigations in order to determine a finding based on the preponderance of evidence standard as well as assisting individuals with services that maintains their safety and dignity.
Some of what you'll being doing:
Interview clients in their home, residence and in facilities investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, abandonment and/or exploitation
Interview alleged perpetrators
Collect and evaluate relevant information to make decisions related to investigations, services and outcomes
Provide client advocacy, consultation, networking, family support and crisis intervention
Coordinate with law enforcement, judicial entities, families, facilities, local office staff, other regional offices and community agencies/partners regarding needs of clients served
Interview collateral contacts to gather additional information
Identify situations presenting risk to vulnerable adults and refer to service groups
Refer to other community resources and internal and external stakeholders
Authorize services and payments
Prepare and provide testimony at administrative hearings, court proceedings, criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings
Participate in on-going training, meetings and provide community education on APS programs
What we're looking for:
Experience performing investigations
Knowledge of Medicaid terminology, regulations and policies
Understanding of Long Term Care programs and policy
Strong critical thinking skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work autonomously making decisions, sometimes in immediate safety situations
Experience assessing risk and safety to vulnerable adults or children
Who should apply?
Professionals with a bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and at least two years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1.
A master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field and at least one year of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1 or Master's degree with a completed practicum
One year as a Social Service Specialist 1 and completed Agency's Social Service Specialist training program
Starting salary depends on experience and education. We provide job training and opportunities to expand your knowledge, advance your career and increase your salary. Some opportunities include travel to other locations to provide services and meet business needs.
Please include a copy of your degree or transcripts.
Questions? Please contact ___@___(apply_to_show_email) and reference #05401
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.
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