at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Portland, Maine, United States
Adult Protective Services CaseworkerPortland, Maine | Human Services | Full-time Apply by: Dec. 15, 2021 Apply with Linkedin Apply
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)Opening Date: December 2, 2021 Closing Date: December 15, 2021Job Class Code: 5069
Salary: $19.97 – $26.80/hour**Position receives a $3.00/hour stipend and an additional $1.00/hour with a relevant Master’s degree.Position Number: 03030-4731Location: South Portland -this position requires travel throughout Cumberland and York counties.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State’s population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.
The Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) within DHHS is responsible for ensuring the safety, support and well-being of Maine’s older citizens, vulnerable adults and adults with disabilities
As an Adult Protective Caseworker, you will:
+ Perform professional social work for incapacitated and dependent adults, including Adult Protective Services Investigations of abuse, neglect and exploitation, guardianship studies and assessing for capacity to make decisions.
+ Assess the need for public guardianship. Complete and file petitions and testify in Court as necessary.
+ Investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of incapacitated and dependent adults, Identify and arrange for support services.
Your workload will include:
+ Performing the APS investigations process in a timely manner, which includes interviewing clients, alleged perpetrators, and collateral contacts and requesting and reviewing records as necessary.
+ Documenting all investigation activities in the form of case notes.
+ Advocating for and coordinating provision of services.
+ Maintaining accurate case records of activities; writing summaries, reports, letters, and memos.
+ Exercising discretion in decision making in carrying out investigation activities.
Minimum Qualifications:In order to qualify, you must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational
institution in Social Work/Social Welfare; OR a Bachelor’s Degree in a related social
service/social welfare/social work area which includes at least 12 courses in behavioral
science, social science, or social work; AND must have or be eligible for conditional or full
licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) as determined by the Maine State Board of
Social Worker Licensure.
Necessary Special Requirement:Applicants must have or be eligible for conditional or full licensure at the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) level as issued by the Maine State Board of Social Worker Licensure. (An LSW requires an earned BA/BS in social work. An LSW-Conditional requires an earned BA/BS in a field related to social work.)
The background of well-qualified candidates will include at least 1 year of experience working with incapacitated and dependent adults. Please describe that experience in your cover letter.
Application Information:Please submit all documents or files in a PDF or Word format. For questions about this position, please contact Joanne.Cookson@maine.gov To request a paper application, please contact Ashley.Smith@Maine.gov (Ashley.Vigue@Maine.gov) .
Benefits are vital to your health and well-being. We get it. Here’s what the State of Maine offers:
+ growth – build your career
+ health, dental, and vision insurance – take care of yourself
+ retirement savings – financially independent, even after you stop working
+ flexible spending accounts – manage out-of-pocket healthcare and/or daycare costs
+ Living Resources(employee assistance program) – overcome difficult situations with support
+ paid holidays – twelve each year
+ federal public loan forgiveness program- for qualifying loans and payments
+ statewide locations – from Kittery to Madawaska
+ training – develop knowledge, skills, and understanding
The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 13.16% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($412.23) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in theHealth Premium Credit Programcan decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%.
Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.