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Case Worker III (OARS - Forensic Specialist)

Company: Wisconsin Community Services
Location: Milwaukee
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Case Worker III (OARS - Forensic Specialist)Job Code: 2021-BHS-020Location: Behavioral Health ServicesDepartment: Opening Avenues Re-entry SuccessFT/PT Status: Full TimeJob Responsibilities: Join a Great Team! We are a growing, innovative program providing release planning and intensive case management services to individuals returning from incarceration to the community. Working in collaboration with DHS and DOC our goal is to enhance community safety, reduce recidivism, and improve participants' quality of life. We are seeking people with the following qualities: Compassionate; self-directed; a team player who also works well independently; detail oriented; open to learning and new experiences; creativity; a sense of humor.Due to ongoing expansion, we are currently hiring. Area of service will be determined collaboratively with the potential to complete paperwork from a home office depending on service location.Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, with occasional flexibility desired to meet client needs.Interested in gaining experience in the mental health field? Looking for a position that is dynamic and challenging that also provides manageable caseloads and an emphasis on work/life balance? Working as a case manager in the OARS program offers many unique opportunities and benefits: Our case managers serve adults who have serious and persistent mental illness. Your work will make a significant impact to those who are often overlooked and underserved. WCS is a qualifying nonprofit agency under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Our culture is team-oriented, and one of support and dedication to each other. Opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in mental health care, case management, and the criminal justice system. Job Responsibilities: Position Summary: Provide ongoing assessment, release planning, service coordination, monitoring, treatment planning and advocacy to residents of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Jefferson, Walworth, Racine, or Kenosha counties who are participating in the OARS Program (Opening Avenues for Re-entry Success). This work is done in a combination of field and office setting in collaboration with DHS and DOC partners. Essential Functions: Coordinate, plan and ensure follow through with community treatment for individuals participating in the OARS Program Engage and develop a supportive one to one therapeutic relationship with each client. Incorporate evidence-based practices into the provision of services including but not limited to Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care and Person-Centered Planning. Utilize Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills as a primary approach to enhance client participation and success. Develop and practice MI skills through training, coaching, and client contact to attain basic fidelity within 12 months/advanced fidelity within 24 months of employment as outlined in the program contract. Maintain safety practices and continually assess potential risk when in the community and when working with clients. Coordinate community support services and/or directly provide assistance to clients with activities of daily living to include, but not limited to, coaching and hands on assistance in the areas of housing, money management, vocational/educational pursuits, scheduling and transportation to appointments. Encourage and develop natural supports for each client including family members, neighbors, friends, the community, etc. Create and maintain client service documents including but not limited to: case notes, assessments, release plans, ISPs, QPNs, service plans, suicide and trauma risk assessments, crisis plans, client budgets, and release of information forms within expected program timeframes. Frequent home visits and transporting of clients in the community using personal vehicle. Other Duties and Responsibilities: Timely collection of necessary medical records and information for OARS clients per program protocol. Rotational crisis line coverage. Attend trainings, meetings, and staffings.Job Qualifications: Job Qualifications: Minimal Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a related human service field is required. Experience in case management and service coordination, particularly with mentally ill, substance abusing individuals, or other special populations is desired. Must have a valid driver's license and insured automobile to meet agency insurance requirements, must meet WCS requirements for criminal and caregiver background checks, references, and driving record, as well as Department of Justice and Department of Corrections background checks. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of and experience in mental health and substance abuse services including assessment, treatment plan development, psychotropic medications, side effects and symptom management; knowledge of the legal system and forensic psychiatric issues; risk management; resourcefulness and flexibility responding to changing client needs; knowledge of entitlements such as Medicaid, Medicare, SSI/SSDI, Veterans benefits; above average written and verbal communication skills; positive interpersonal skills; good organizational and time management skills; ability to work independently as well as a team member; familiarity with computers; interest and commitment to social justice. Other Job Information (if applicable): Other Job Information (if applicable): Working Conditions: The position requires travel to various state prisons throughout WI. Most work is performed in the community, primarily in client's homes. Staff members are expected to transport clients as needed. Job is performed in a combination of field setting and office work in assigned county area Clients may be symptomatic and unstable at times with care decisions made via team consultation Physical Demands: Must be able to go up and down stairs, lift and carry 20 pounds to assist with routine client moves. Office work involves sitting at a desk and conducting computer work. The position requires an ability to drive for periods of time throughout the day. PM21 PI158122917

Keywords: Wisconsin Community Services, Milwaukee , Case Worker III (OARS - Forensic Specialist), Other , Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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