cares Assessor

State of Florida Fort Lauderdale, FL
Requisition No: 37986

Agency: Elder Affairs

Working Title: CARES ASSESSOR - 65000442

Position Number: 65000442

Salary: $2,582.39-$3,000.00 MONTHLY

Posting Closing Date: 06/25/2018












$30,988.62-$36,000.00 ANNUALLY

($2,582.39-$3,000.00 MONTHLY)



MONDAY- FRIDAY; 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.


Department of Elder Affairs

4040 Esplanade Way

Tallahassee, FL 32399-7000

(850) 414-2108



Mission Statement: To help Florida’s elders remain healthy, safe, and independent.

Vision Statement: All Floridians aging with dignity, purpose, and independence.


This is a highly comprehensive position that provides assessments of applicants for nursing facility placement and home and community-based services; evaluates the level of care and recommends the most appropriate placement; as a subsection, as assigned, this position deals with Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR), the process mandated by federal regulations and Florida administrative code to ensure all individuals, regardless of payer source, are screened for potential serious mental illness (SMI) and/or intellectual disability (ID) prior to being admitted to a Medicaid certified nursing facility.

Duties to include but not limited to:

Coordinates and conducts comprehensive assessments of applicants for nursing facility placement and home and community-based services. Inputs assessment data into Client Information & Registration Tracking System (CIRTS). Evaluates the level of care and recommends the most appropriate placement; participates as a member of an interdisciplinary staffing team for Level of Care determination.

Maintains accurate and up-to-date medical information on clients through regular documentation of activities; ensures timely and accurate data collection, reporting and follow-up with individuals in accordance with established CARES policies, procedures and regulations, as directed in the CARES Handbook.

Receives Level I screens from qualified entities/persons in accordance with state and federal regulations, for adults requesting admission to a Medicaid certified nursing facility, regardless of payer source, reviewing all Level I screens for correctness/completion. Returns incorrect/incomplete Level I screens and conducts remediation with delegated entities.

Tracks appropriate timeframes/limits for completion of a Level II evaluation and determination, if applicable, when an individual is admitted to a nursing facility under a provisional admission or hospital discharge exemption.

In those instances, where the Level I screen identifies that the individual has a diagnosis or there is a suspicion of SMI or ID, conducts a comprehensive face-to-face assessment, to be utilized by the Level II screener (APD or APS) in the Level II evaluation. This includes contacting the individual, scheduling the assessment, gathering all necessary documents, entering all data into the Client Information Registration Tracking System (CIRTS) and submitting the comprehensive assessment to the Level II screening entity.

Receives Resident Reviews of individuals in nursing facilities that have had a significant change and coordinate referral for the Level II evaluation and determination.

Receives the Level II determination indicating whether or not the individual is appropriate for nursing facility placement, and if any specialized services are necessary. For cases where specialized services are required, follows the case to ensure that specialized services are being provided, notifying the Agency for Health Care Administration if there are any issues.

Provides technical assistance to delegated Level I screeners (hospitals and nursing facilities) regarding PASRR activities that are the Department’s responsibilities.

Participates in monitoring of placement decisions on cases assigned through an annual recertification process; communicates with community health care providers to ensure appropriate service utilization; maintains updated data in CIRTS on cases assigned in accordance with established CARES policies, procedures and regulations, as directed in the CARES Handbook.

Completes routine travel within the assigned unit's planning and service area (Operation of private motor vehicle is required to perform travel. All applicable State licensing and insurance regulations must be strictly adhered to in the operation of the private vehicle while performing State business.)

Maintains and improves professional knowledge, skills and abilities through continuing education courses, seminars, workshops, review of policies and procedures, etc.

Participates in pilot/special projects, which involves collaborative efforts to improve assessment and delivery of services.

Participates in disaster recovery efforts throughout the State of Florida.

Performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Knowledge of level of care rules and regulations;

Knowledge of CARES policies and procedures;

Knowledge of the aging process and the effects of chronic illness

Knowledge of interviewing techniques

Knowledge of community resources, as they relate to elders and disabled adults;

Knowledge of methods of compiling, organizing and analyzing client information, especially as it relates to computer systems proficiency;

Ability to work with patients with a variety of physical and emotional problems;

Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments,

Ability to evaluate service delivery;

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;

Ability to carry a laptop and associated documents (up to ten pounds); and

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Windows Operating environments.


Preference will be given to applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major in social work, psychology, or sociology, etc. or a combination of education & professional experience with at least one (1) year completing needs assessments totaling (4) or more years.

Ability to travel as needed.

Ability to work additional hours and weekends in the event of emergency situations or workload requirements.


Preference will be given to the Department of Elder Affairs employees.

* Information contained in responses to Qualifying Questions concerning education, experience, knowledge, skills and/or abilities must also be disclosed on the State of Florida Employment Application.*

Applicants that meet the minimum requirements for this position will be directed to complete a behavioral assessment in order to be considered for this position. The behavioral assessment will be conducted through Infor Talent Science, after applying to the position. Failure to complete the behavioral assessment within three (3) days of the requisition closing date will result in the candidate being removed from consideration for the current requisition. When accessing the behavioral assessment, you MUST utilize the same email address used to create your People First account in order to ensure a proper name match.


A Successful completion of a Level 2 Criminal History Background Check is required for all applicants selected for this position.


Applicants should apply on-line via the People First Website by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of the position vacancy advertisement but are strongly encouraged to apply by 6:00 p.m. on the closing date to avoid any system down times or any other complications that may arise.

If you have problems applying on-line, call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287. Paper applications will not be accepted by the agency.

The Department of Elder Affairs is an E-Verify employer and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each New Employee’s I-9 Form to confirm work eligibility.

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 here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Lauderdale

Nearest Secondary Market: Miami