Social Worker II
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 101 reviews - Austin, TX

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Provides clinical services including assessment in accordance with DSM-IV criteria for mental health diagnoses (reflected in Social Assessments), individual/group therapy as assigned, treatment team collaboration, and development of treatment plans. Identifies patient and family mental health education needs and barriers to learning. Assessment of patients’ readiness for discharge and coordination of the discharge process. Responsible for continuity of care functions and discharge planning by collaborating with patient, families, MHA and other community agencies. Acts as liaison, coordinator, and treatment team representative for mental health commitment process, by tracking commitment deadlines and providing clinical testimony in hearings as needed. Provides information on commitment process to families and patients as needed. Liaison for competency hearings, guardianship processes, and Advanced Directives. Supervises interns (as applicable). May perform supervisory duties on occasion, such as providing coverage for Senior Social Workers. Will also be involved in quality assurance activities pertaining to the unit. Works under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of the initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:
Complete Social Assessments within 96 hours of admission.
• Ensure Social Assessments are in compliance with Medicare, JCAHO, and ASH quality standards.
• Complete Progress Notes according to ASH Quality standards
• Perform Continuum of Care functions in accordance with ASH, JCAHO, Medicare, and Texas Administrative Code standards.
• Provides appropriate education on mental health issues to families/patients and identifies barriers to learning.
• Provides individual and/or group therapy (if applicable), according to population needs and group availability.
• Facilitates commitment process.
• Identifies presence of and/or patient’s desire for Advanced Directives/Legally Authorized Representative
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
• Treatment of the seriously mentally ill
• JCAHO, QSO, Medicare and ASH Standards
• TXMHMR and ASH mission and policies and procedures
• Ethical principles and code of conduct
• Texas Mental Health Code for civil and criminal commitments
• Psychiatric Disorders – DSM-IV
• Community resources/agencies
• Medical Issues
• Aggressive/assaultive behavior in psychiatric patients
• Crisis intervention/suicide issues
• Treatment Milieu
• Behavior Therapy
• Treatment planning process – Computer software
• Infection control issues and procedures
• Safety program, including disaster protocol SKILLS IN:
• Patient and family education regarding serious mental illness
• Social assessment formulation
• Treatment and continuity of care planning
• Effective communication
• Problem solving
• Crisis intervention
• Working effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team
• Managing rapidly changing priorities and dealing with a diverse case load ABILITY TO:
• Function effectively as treatment team coordinator
• Serve as liaison between ASH, community resources, court system, patients and families
• Identify patient/family needs and activate appropriate system
• Organize and coordinate treatment issues
• Skills and sensitivity in working with a diverse population
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Minimum: Licensed by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners. Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Temporary license or provisional license accepted (from out-of-state applicants). Preferred: LCSW plus one year of full time paid employment as a social worker in an acute psychiatric setting.

Initial Selection Criteria:
1.) LMSW/LCSW licensure, 2.) documented social work experience in inpatient psychiatric setting, 3.)experience with related community agencies

Additional Information:
Requisition ID# 210651 Prefered qualifications: LCSW licensure and TSBSWE recognition as Board Approved LCSW Supervisor, with prior social work experience in an acute inpatient psychiatric setting which includes patients with co-occuring psychiatric and substance disorders; completion of comprehensive assessments; work with family members of the severely mentally ill; treatment team collaboration; evidence of discharge planning with indigent mentally ill patients with no support; familiarity with the DSM-IV; prior experience filing and tracking mental health commitments; testifying in Court; demonstrated skill in written and oral communication. Attention: This position is identical to another SW II position recently posted for hire. Interviews for both will be held simultaneously, however applicants must apply to each posting to be hired for that position. Therefore it is strongly recommended that interested applicants apply for both. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individual s with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the AccessHR 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.