- Job date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 22:03:02 GMT
- Expected salary: $2309 – 4453 per month
- Job title: SOCIAL SERVICE COUNSELOR
- Company: State of Louisiana
- Location: Harahan, LA
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) is a Local Governing Entity (LGE) created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1989. JPHSA is responsible for the management and operation of behavioral health and developmental disability Services in Jefferson Parish. JPHSA provides fully integrated primary and behavioral healthcare services through its JeffCare program.
The Behavioral Health Community Services (BHCS) Division provides a continuum of community-based behavioral health and supportive programs to assist individuals in their recovery from mental illness and/or addictive disorders. The Social Service Counselor (Recovery Support Specialist) works under the direction of a Mental Health Program Director – A (Living Room Model Program Manager). The incumbent provides crisis respite services to individuals in Jefferson Parish who have a mental illness and/or co-occurring disorder and are at risk for an emergent behavioral health crisis.
75% Provision of Direct Service Time
- Provides crisis intervention services to adults, with the goal of symptom reduction and restoration to a previous level of functioning.
- Collaborates and communicates with all program staff to ensure appropriateness of interventions and safety for each individual.
- Assists staff in maintaining an environment that supports a recovery-focused approach.
- Serves as a liaison between program participants, JeffCare Health Centers, Centralized Care Coordination and external referral sources.
- Assists individuals with formulating personal goals for recovery through the use of crisis intervention strategies.
- Assists individuals with identifying recovery obstacles, developing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), and connecting with ongoing peer support and education in their community.
- Assists individuals in navigating the behavioral health services system and in achieving resiliency and recovery as defined by the individual.
- Provides time-limited follow-up of all program participants as needed.
15% Required Documentation/Indirect Services
- Completes progress notes in the agency electronic health record on the day of service for all services provided including phone calls.
- Completes other documentation as assigned by supervisor.
- Maintains a schedule to provide services within and outside of the traditional 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. work cycle. Program hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Maintains Peer Support Specialist certification.
- Actively participates in regularly scheduled supervisory meetings.
- Completes all mandatory trainings as well as any additional training required for certification.
This position fluctuates between an active and sedentary role, i.e. requires long periods of sitting at times and long periods of standing/walking at other times.
Preferred qualification: Lived experience.
As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a Social Service Counselor 1, 2, or 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). The maximum salary for the Social Service Counselor 3 is $70,117. Please refer to the ‘Job Specifications’ tab located at the top of the LA Careers ‘Current Job Opportunities’ page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.
There are two vacancies.
Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 8100-Professional Level Exam in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy. If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered.
Applicants without current test scores can apply to take the test .
To apply for this vacancy, click on the “Apply” link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.
*Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.*
For further information about this vacancy contact:
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority
3616 S. I-10 Service Road West, Metairie, LA 70001
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority and its programs (JPHSA) participate in E-Verify
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A baccalaureate degree.
Six years of full-time work experience in any field may be substituted for the required baccalaureate degree.
Candidates without a baccalaureate degree may combine work experience and college credit to substitute for the baccalaureate degree as follows:
A maximum of 120 semester hours may be combined with experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
30 to 59 semester hours credit will substitute for one year of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
60 to 89 semester hours credit will substitute for two years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
90 to 119 semester hours credit will substitute for three years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
120 or more semester hours credit will substitute for four years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
College credit earned without obtaining a baccalaureate degree may be substituted for a maximum of four years full-time work experience towards the baccalaureate degree. Candidates with 120 or more semester hours of credit, but without a degree, must also have at least two years of full-time work experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
Positions that provide addictive disorder counseling services require certification or eligibility for certification as a Counselor in Training (CIT), or a current practice credential as a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Registered Addiction Counselor (RAC), or Licensed Addictive Counselor (LAC) issued by the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA), or its successor, pursuant to the Addictive Disorders Practice Act, LA RS. 37.3386-3390.6
Positions that provide addictive disorder prevention services require certification or eligibility for certification as a Prevention Specialist in Training (PSIT), or a current practice credential as a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP), Registered Prevention Professional (RPP), Licensed Prevention Professional (LPP) issued by the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA), or its successor, pursuant to the Addictive Disorders Practice Act, LA RS. 37.3386-3390.6
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Function of Work:
To provide general social services work through direct services and/or general counseling.
Level of Work:
Close from a Social Service Counselor 5, social worker, or other higher-level social services personnel.
Location of Work:
Department of Health and Hospitals; LSU-Health Sciences Centers, Acute Care Hospitals, Medical Schools; Veterans Affairs; Department of Corrections; Department of Social Services.
Differs from the Professional Counselor job series by the absence of a master’s degree and licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Differs from the Social Service Counselor 2 by the supervision received.
Examples of Work
Obtains and prepares social histories of clients for information to be reviewed by treatment teams and for use in referrals to other agencies.
Participates in the decision making process of the treatment team including formulating therapeutic activities and recommending a treatment plan.
Manages a caseload by scheduling appointments, evaluating client progress in counseling sessions, and making recommendations to the treatment team.
Coordinates admissions, discharges, and follow-up services within various programs.
Serves as liaison between the client, family, and the agency/institution.
Assists in the procurement of needs such as institutional placements, transportation, financial assistance, medical equipment, shelter, food, clothing, etc.
Assists in determining eligibility for services provided.
Makes recommendations to the criminal justice system or to employers concerning a client’s progress, including occasional court appearances.
Louisiana State Government represents a wide variety of career options and offers an outstanding opportunity to “make a difference” through public service. With an array of career opportunities in every major metropolitan center and in many rural areas, state employment provides an outstanding option to begin or continue your career. As a state employee, you will earn competitive pay, choose from a variety of benefits and have access to a great professional development program.
Flexible Working Arrangements – The flexibility of our system allows agencies to implement flexible working arrangements through the use of alternative work schedules, telecommuting and other flexibilities. These arrangements vary between hiring agencies.
Professional Development – The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) is the state-funded training program for state employees. Through CPTP, agencies are offered management development and supervisory training, and general application classes on topics as diverse as writing skills and computer software usage.
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Deferred Compensation – As a supplemental retirement savings plan for employees, the State offers a Deferred Compensation Plan for tax deferred savings.
Holidays and Leave – State employees receive the following paid holidays each year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mardi Gras, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Additional holidays may be proclaimed by the Governor. State employees earn sick and annual leave which can be accumulated and saved for future use. Your accrual rate increases as your years of service increase.
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