Law Enforcement Embedded Social Worker (Social Services Worker)
Snohomish County Human Services is hiring a qualified individual to help bridge gaps between law enforcement responses and the behavioral health needs of people in the community. Our goal is to eliminate barriers to treatment and recovery, assist individuals to access available support and reduce their contact with law enforcement.
You have a desire to provide outreach and engagement alongside law enforcement and assist individuals who are homeless and have untreated behavioral health issues to access available resources with the goal of ending homelessness and repeated contact with law enforcement.
To provide resources to those struggling with homelessness due to substance use disorders and mental illness. To divert from the legal system by working alongside law enforcement and eliminating barriers to treatment.
To Be Considered:
Applicants must electronically submit an application through Snohomish County’s NeoGov site by 11:50 p.m. on the closing date. A resume and cover letter are required, along with a copy of your license. When your application is complete, verify the information and make sure there is nothing missing. Be sure to verify your education and/or experience comply with the minimum requirements section of this posting. Click on APPLY & SUBMIT and then click on CHECK APPLICATION STATUS. If you have problems with your application, please contact NeoGov Application Support at 855-524-5627.
About Human Services:
The Human Services Department mission is to help all persons meet their basic needs and develop their potential be providing timely, effective human services and building community.
The Human Services Department consists of more than 250 diverse, friendly, and dedicated employees who receive outstanding benefits and competitive wages. Employees are appreciated and have the opportunity to make a real difference in our community. Snohomish County is thriving and is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. We strive to not only provide a meaningful job, but a life-long career with Snohomish County Government.
STATEMENT OF ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
- Accompany law enforcement in Snohomish County to assess the needs of individuals encountered and provide appropriate interventions to those struggling with homelessness due to substance use disorders and mental illness.
- Meet with individuals in various settings in the community including, but not limited to: homeless encampments, shelters, parks, jails, clinics, hospitals, courthouses, and other public venues where homeless individuals congregate.
- Follow-up with referrals from law enforcement of individuals who may benefit from program interventions and services.
- Collaborate with outside service providers to bridge gaps in existing community social services to better serve the unique needs of individuals encountered and help reduce barriers experienced by populations.
- Work as a multi-disciplinary team to assess client needs and create wrap around support services to address Substance Use Disorder treatment, detox services, Medication Assisted Treatment, mental health support, transportation needs, housing, employment, legal obligations, and all other areas related to overall wellbeing.
- Provide local, state, and regional resource information, referrals, and advocacy.
- Cultivate and maintain collaborative working relationships with professionals from various law enforcement agencies, fire departments, courts, community service providers, housing providers, and systems that serve client population.
- Collect and maintain accurate data and case records in accordance with HIPAA (45 CFR Parts 160) and Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records (42 CFR Part 2).
- Continue program development to meet ongoing and changing needs to best serve the homeless population within Snohomish County.
- Perform all job duties on the continuum of care spectrum for those struggling with addiction.
- Willing and able to be a part of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Team as an essential employee in emergencies.
STATEMENT OF OTHER JOB DUTIES
- Performs related duties as required.
A Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling and/or guidance, or related field PLUS two (2) years’ experience in the direct treatment of acutely and severely mentally ill clients OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. Must pass job related tests.
A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required for employment.
Licensure or Associate Licensure in Social Work, Mental Health Counselling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or licensure as a Substance Use Disorder Professional or Substance Use Disorder Professional in Training, or Agency Affiliated Licensure, along with maintenance of this licensure throughout the period of employment.Additional Information
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
- Substance use disorder assessments and mental health assessments
- Crisis intervention and counseling techniques and methods
- Mental health and co-occurring symptomatology and treatment modalities
- Abnormal behavior, symptomatology, and treatment modalities of mental disorders
- Available community resources, including substance use disorder treatment agencies, mental health treatment agencies, community health facilities, and other community resources utilized by the client population
- Judicial procedures, sentencing implications, and the corrections environment
- Importance of natural support systems
- Related state and federal mandates, including those related to privacy and confidentiality
- Respond effectively to crisis situations
- Relate to severely disturbed and/or difficult persons in order to determine appropriate behavioral health services
- Establish and maintain rapport with those experiencing symptoms of substance use and/or mental illness in order to determine appropriate community resources and services
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff or interdisciplinary teams, law enforcement, and other community providers
- Efficiently coordinate, perform, and complete multiple duties and assignments concurrently and in a timely manner, often without access to traditional office technology
- Promote strength-based, client-driven, recovery-focused treatment approaches
- Exercise initiative and judgment and make decisions within the scope of assigned authority
Employee reports to an administrative superior as assigned. The work is performed with considerable independence and is reviewed for quality, adequacy of professional judgment and compliance with established goals and policies through conferences, reports, and appraisal of results obtained.
The majority of the work involves riding alongside law enforcement in the community, doing proactive outreach in homeless encampments and any areas in the community where homeless individuals congregate. Follow protocols from the corresponding law enforcement agency, which includes wearing ballistic vests. Working in environments where biohazards exist. Minimal work is performed in the usual office environment.
Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.
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