Clinical Social Worker (D)
Department of Mental Health
 East Boston, MA

The Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center is seeking an experienced and professional Clinical Social Worker D.

The CSW D will performs psychosocial diagnostic assessments by conducting interviews of patients and their families / significant others (if appropriate), contacting outpatients service providers, and investigating histories through contacting prior agencies, schools, court personnel, and other sources of collateral information in order to identify strengths and problems, and develop a treatment plan which maximizes patient functioning in the least restrictive setting.

Please Note: This is a full time, first shift position 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with Saturday and Sunday off.

Duties and Responsibilities: (these are a general summary and not all inclusive)

  • Completes a comprehensive written psychosocial assessment which is maintained in the patient’s electronic medical record within five days of admission of the patient according to established MHIS workflow.
  • When assigned conducts telephone intake with court clinic based Forensic Psychologist / Psychiatrist, assigns newly referred patients to treatment teams and communicates clinical and legal information to designated staff.
  • Coordinates the development of individual treatment plans for patients on caseload. Ensures that the multidisciplinary team has completed a Master Treatment Plan according to established criteria and timelines.
  • Coordinates patient Periodic Reviews. Ensures that Periodic Reviews are conducted according to established timeframe and MHIS Workflows.
  • Provides clinical case management for cases assigned in order to ensure timely and effective delivery and management of services identified on the Master Treatment Plan.
  • Coordinates pre-discharge arrangements and communications, completes oral and written referrals in an accurate and timely manner to aftercare services including DMH eligibility determinations, referrals for psychosocial rehabilitation services, outpatient therapy and medication, residential services, substance abuse services, medical services, and other agencies as determined by patient need.
  • Provides highly skilled clinical social work services to patients and their families, utilizing a wide array of intervention modalities including individual, group, and family therapy for the purposes of: changing maladaptive behavior, enhancing client capacity to cope with symptoms of mental illness and / or substance abuse, and improving communication and interactions between the client and his or her primary support system.
  • Provides highly skilled psychoeducation services to patients, their families, and other service providers in order to increase understanding of mental illness, substance abuse, legal factors, and other issues as determined by patient need in order to enhance patient and family knowledge and utilization of rehabilitation processes and resources.
  • Documents interventions in progress notes, group treatment notes, and patient and family education form according to established standards. Utilizes problem orientated focus for interventions and documentation.
  • Maintains knowledge of current developments in statutes, case law, and departmental / agency regulations in the fields of social work, mental health, and forensic mental health. Utilizes this knowledge in providing direct services and in collaboration with multidisciplinary care providers.
  • Reviews forensic and MIPSP caseload weekly to ensure that all legal and problematic sexual behavior issues are identified and addressed. Distributes regular updates on status of MIPSP patients on caseload to designated senior facility and area staff.
  • Provides social work supervision to assigned graduate student. Assigns, monitors, and evaluates work for assigned social work intern.
  • Provides leadership in social work department and DSCFMHC center wide performance improvement / quality improvement activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Social Work consistent with professional standards, the goals and objectives of the program and with the policies of DSCFMHC and DMH

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of psychiatric and basic social work practices, including but not limited to, substance abuse treatment, outpatient care to people with severe mental illness, physiological, psychotherapies, psychological, and emotional growth and development.
  • Familiarity with the types and applications of emergency medical procedures, such as CPR.
  • Basic uses of diagnostic procedures employed in social work practice.
  • Knowledge of interviewing and problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to follow and give clear and precise oral and written instructions.
  • Capacity to participate in a multi-disciplinary health care team.
  • Skilled in preparing and implementing treatment plans.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with young adults with various physiological or psychological needs.
  • Awareness of various community agencies and the resources they provide and coordinate (either directly or via other service providers) referrals to appropriate resources for clients based on need.
  • Capacity to undertake multiple assignments and adjust priorities as needed.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
  • Ability to provide guidance and consultation to a multidisciplinary team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications such as Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Given the population served bilingual or multilingual fluency.

DMH Mission Statement:

The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid a medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines,

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For assistance please contact Health Human Resources at (617) 626-9255.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE:

At least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a clinical social worker after earning a Master's degree in social work. Based on assignment to second-level supervisory positions, at least one year of experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

- A Doctorate in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education, or human services may be substituted for the required nonsupervisory experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.

- No substitution will be permitted for the required supervisory experience. One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

REQUIRED EDUCATION:

A Master's or higher degree in social work is required.

LICENSES:

- Licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Social Work is required.

- Based on assignment, travel may be required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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