- Job date: Sun, 06 Dec 2020 06:24:40 GMT
- Expected salary: $29344.38 – 34803.12 per year
- Job title: SOCIAL SERVICES COUNSELOR
- Company: State of Florida
- Location: Marianna, FL
Agency: Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Working Title: SOCIAL SERVICES COUNSELOR – 67012013
Position Number: 67012013
Salary: $29,344.38 – $34,803.12 Annually
Posting Closing Date: 12/18/2020
Agency for Persons with Disabilities – Sunland Center – Social Services Counselor
Annual Salary Range: $29,344.38 – $34,803.12
This is a specialized social work position established as a Social Services Counselor. The primary function of this position is to proivde social services to clients with intelectual and/or physical disabilities. An employee in this position works as part of an interdisciplinary team to accomplish assigned responsibilities. The employee is responsible for the following functions that support residents in mutliple residential units: Ensures clients’ residence are in compliance with F.S. 393 and other state/federal standards
Prepare complete initial psychosocial assessment for new admissions. Annually develop and update psychosocial report for each client on caseload for inlcusion as required. Prepare and send an annual interpretative letter to parents/guardians or the responsible judicial circuit and include a copy of the Individaul Program Plan (IPP). Arrange and coordinate interpretative conference with parents/guardians concerning client’s program; communicates by letter, telephone call or meeting regarding client’s needs.
Monitors spending of clients’ monies, counsel with clients and families regarding third party benefits, the ICF/DD program and DCF policies. Compiles and submits applications for social security, medicaid or other benefits. Also, provides oversight monitoring of clients personal possessions to include new purchases, current inventory, discards, etc. Completes all forms as required by policy and procedure.
Actively participate and maintain the role of advocate to support resident’s needs and family/guardian/guardian advocate desires. Assists in legal matters such as guardianship, involuntary admissions, consent issues, etc. Attends competency and other court proceedings involving the client. Ensures consent forms are obtained from appropriate sources (ie, guardian, court).
Visits with each client on caseload at least monthly (both on and off house) and documents observations, progress, and/or major changes/transitions in life situation.
Counsels with clients/parents/guardians or other SAM staff regarding the clients’ programs, adjustment problems, and/or major changes/transitions in life situation.
Promotes and arranges for normalizing therapeutic home visits and documents the quality of home visits. Completes referrals for clients in need of alternate placements and coordinates smooth transitions/placements. This includes the completion of referral packets, counseling with parents/guardians to encourage involvement and participation in the process. Completes discharge process (i.e., transfer of the client record, funds, personal possessions, writes discharge summary, etc.). Conducts aftercare follow-ups on clients placed in community facilities or other institutions.
Assist treatment team to support goal/skill development in social area by participating in shopping trips, outings, and other social events.
Maintains up-to-date input of data into the Allocation, Budget & Contract Control System (ABC). Reviews the ABC printouts regularly to determine the accuracy of information and submits revised information as needed. Updates information for fee maintenance annually or as changes occur.
Notifies supervisors and contact person of significant events within time frames established by policy and procedure.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and 2 years of professional experience in developmental disabilities, special education, mental health, counseling, guidance, social work, health or rehabilitative programs.
A master’s degree can substitute for one year of the required experience.
Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
Knowledge of theories and practices in counseling or social workKnowledge of professional ethics relating to counseling or social work.
Knowledge of interviewing techniques.
Ability to provide counseling or social work services to others.
Knowledge of the criminal justice system and the court process.
Knowledge of Victims’ Assistance Programs.
Knowledge of Florida Statutes of victims’ rights.
Ability to coordinate a team approach to the rehabilitation process.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
Ability to actively listen to others.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT:
It is the policy of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities that applicants for employment undergo Level 2 employment screening in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment or being permitted to serve as a volunteer. No applicant for a designated position will be employed or permitted to volunteer until the Level 2 screening results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Agency.
Level 2 background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for Statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.
THIS POSITION REQUIRES A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION INCLUDING FINGERPRINTING, PURSUANT TO S. 110.1127(1), FLORIDA STATUTES.
WE HIRE ONLY U.S. CITIZENS AND THOSE LAWFULLY AUTHORIZED TO WORK IN THE U.S. APD PARTICIPATES IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-VERIFY). E-VERIFY IS A PROGRAM THAT ELECTRONICALLY CONFIRMS AN EMPLOYEE’S ELIGIBILITY TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER COMPLETION OF THE EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION FORM (I-9).
ALL APPLICANTS SHOULD COMPLETE THE ON-LINE APPLICATION PROCESS. IF ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE CALL THE PEOPLE FIRST SERVICE CENTER AT 1-877-562-7287. RESPONSES TO THE QUALIFYING QUESTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. ANSWERS TO THE QUALIFYING QUESTIONS MUST BE VERIFIABLE BASED ON YOUR SUBMITTED APPLICATION.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking . All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.