Social Worker II

    Texas Health & Human Services Commission
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    Job Description

    Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.

    Social Worker II provides advanced clinical and Social Work services to patients on an adult and or child/adolescent inpatient units. Provides social services which include formulating Social Assessments, Educational Needs Assessments, case coordination, treatment planning, continuity of care planning, education and training; and individual, group, and family therapy. Works as a member of a multidisciplinary team and serves as a liaison between El Paso Psychiatric Center, the community Mental Health Authority (MHA) or alternate provider, the court system, the patient, the family, and the LAR. Serves as case coordinator for assigned patients and patients with LAR's. Maintains regular contact with MHA's for continuity of care planning. Works under the general supervision of the Social Services Director with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Completion of work requires occasional origination of new methods and or techniques and decisions are based on broad principles and guidelines. May supervise interns.

    Essential Job Functions:
    1. Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
    2. Independently completes Social Assessments on patient admissions or transfer that meet regulatory requirements and reflect an understanding of population specific and age-related social factors affecting patient treatment needs.
    3. Independently provides discharge planning that meets regulatory guidelines and reflects understanding of population specific/age appropriate continuing care needs as well as community resources.
    4. Identifies, recommends, and provides for assigned patient and family education needs including competency training for forensic patients.
    5. Serves as Case Coordinator for assigned patients on all adult units and all patients with an assigned LAR in accordance with standards.
    6. Participates in Treatment planning by providing discipline-specific treatment recommendations and interventions including competency training.
    7. Provides clinical treatment services to include individual, group, and/or family therapy for patients and families.
    8. Functions as an effective team member and serves as liaison between EPPC, the multidisciplinary team, the community MHA or alternate provider, the court system, the patient, the family, and LAR's.
    9. Monitors and assists with coordinating the civil and forensic commitment process for each assigned patient to the treatment team, the EPPC court Liaison office and the appropriate court system.
    10. Seeks and maintains professional knowledge, skills, and competence for the provision of Social Work Services for all patients.
    11. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

    Knowledge Skills Abilities:
    1. Knowledge of the principles, methods, techniques, and practices of social work; of the functioning of social service or treatment facility; of community resources; of mental illness and emotional component of physical illness; of rehabilitation methods; of case work principles; and of the functioning of mental hospitals, out-patient mental health clinics, and/or schools for persons with disabilities.
    2. Experience working with Civil and Criminal Court system.

    Registration or Licensure Requirements:
    Currently licensed by the Texas Professional Social Worker Examiners as a Social Worker or a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPCI)

    Initial Selection Criteria:
    1. Required, Master's degree from an accredited school in the field of Social Work, Psychology, Human Services or related field.
    2. Required Licensed through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors or the State Board of Social Workers.

    Additional Information:
    REQ 451742
    Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

    All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility

    Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.

    Job Requisition # 451742

    MOS Code:
    Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68X, 67D, 73A, HM, 230X, 0149, 42SX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

    HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

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    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

    Posting ID: 556640551Posted: 2020-05-21