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Social Worker - (Forensic)
Central State Hospital manages the Payton B. Cook Forensic Hospital in Milledgeville, which serves individuals who are referred by the criminal justice system for pre-trial psychiatric evaluation and/or inpatient treatment; those who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) at the time of commission of a crime or mentally incompetent to stand trial (IST); those who are admitted with hold orders from jails for psychiatric evaluation, treatment and stabilization; and those who are referred from Georgia Department of Corrections prisons for inpatient psychiatric treatment.
The facility is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Social Worker, sometimes referred to as Social Service Providers or Behavior Health Provider. Regardless the name, please see qualifications below.
& Performance Standards:
Acts as client advocate
in order to coordinate required services or to resolve crisis
Interviews patients/family/significant others in a timely manner, to gather
background, determine their perception of problem and precipitating events, and
to involve them in the treatment and discharge process.
2. Consults with other health care professionals within or outside the
organization to obtain necessary background information on patient.
3. Completes a clear and concise Admission Note in the patient's chart within
the time frame specified by hospital policy.
4. Reviews any previous treatment records (which includes contacting other
agencies/inpatient facilities) in order to assess previous treatment services.
5. Compiles information and completes a written assessment or update which is
placed on patient's chart within the time frame specified by hospital policy.
6. Assesses patient's past, current, and future potential psychosocial
functioning in order to provide applicable social services and to determine
community-based discharge needed.
7. Effectively elicits information from the patient about his/her own
knowledge, skill and resources and encourages the patient to participate in the
identification and selection of the needed services.
8. Maintains confidentiality of patient information as specified by hospital
Counsels clients in
individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from
illness, and adjust to life
Contributes ideas based on a thorough understanding of theoretical social
services concepts. Provides a high level of social services expertise in
development of plans, e.g., as assessed by NASW standards.
2. Attends treatment team meetings when scheduled. As member of
interdisciplinary team, participates in the development of treatment plan and
in treatment plan review as required by hospital policy.
3. Participates in treatment plan development with patient and family,
outlining goals, objectives, and who will take what steps, to assure mutual
understanding of sequence of activities to be performed by all involved
4. Writes concise, accurate, clear progress/treatment/transfer notes in the
patient's chart as required by hospital policy.
5. Makes treatment members aware of the psychosocial stressors and level of
global functioning identified in the patient's Assessment and/or Admission
impediments to client of patient progress through interviews and review of
Arranges follow-up appointment at patient's local mental health or mental
retardation center prior to discharge. Coordinates with mental health centers
or mental retardation and other social service resources pertaining to specific
problems and needs.
2. Develops collaborative aftercare plan with community/other hospital-based
staff and resources.
3. Meets with patient's Continuity of Care Representative when scheduled.
4. Coordinates completion of required forms within prescribed timeframe of
discharge according to established guidelines.
5. Advocates on patient's/significant other's behalf regarding information and
referral, continuity of care, and human rights protection according to all
applicable guidelines, such as division and hospital policies, NASW Code of
6. Identifies and links patient and family to appropriate resources, which
includes giving sufficient information to all involved parties; and insures
that discharge packets are ready for community agencies at agreed-upon time.
Monitors, evaluates, and
records client progress according to measurable goals described in treatment
and care plan
Develops and maintains a network of community contacts.
2. Participates in strategy or review sessions, committees, and task force work
to facilitate linkages and communication.
3. Represent the hospital in planned community meetings.
4. Attends meetings pertaining to case management, case collaboration, and
5. Effectively initiates and/or participates in hospital-wide unit staffings
such as ICM, PCM, Focus Reviews to identify deficits and develop therapeutic
plans of intervention.
Organizes support groups
or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and
supporting the client
Defines goals and/or required results at beginning of performance period and
gains acceptance of ideas creating a shared vision.
2. Communicates regularly with staff on progress toward defined goals and/or
required results, providing specific feedback and initiating corrective action
when defined goals and/or required results are met.
3. Confers regularly with staff to review employee relations climate, specific
problem areas and actions necessary for improvement.
4. Evaluates employees as scheduled intervals, obtains and considers all
relevant information in evaluations and supports staff by giving praise and
5. Recognizes contributions and celebrates accomplishments.
6. Motivates staff to improve quantity and quality of work performed and
provides training and development opportunities as appropriate.
assessments of the behavioral health needs of consumers presenting for services
Conducts individual sessions to provide guidance and direction pertaining to
personal and social development.
2. Conducts family sessions that address interpersonal relationships and
3. Conducts group sessions to implement goals addressed in individual treatment
4. Provides social and psychological support to patients and their families.
5. Provides family education to convey information and knowledge for
enhancement of social competence.
6. Performs crisis interventions as required, applicable to the acute needs of
the patient/family, in order to return patient/family to the previous state of
Provides case management
services related to identified treatment needs
Helps to prepare quality improvement report for Social Work Department or other
authority on a regularly scheduled basis.
2. Prepares cross audit for social services records on a regular basis.
3. Prepares continuity of care report on a regularly scheduled basis.
4. Prepares other reports as requested.
Provides training to
direct care staff in implementing behavior modification techniques and
Attends seminars and professional meetings when available.
2. Maintains a continuing education program by attending in-service training
3. Maintains professional knowledge by reading up-to-date articles, books, etc.
4. Participates in on-going professional development related to emerging trends
in social work practice as well as clinical issues, according to NASW standards
and/or other applicable professional standards.
Refers client or family
to community resources to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness
and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid,
housing, job placement or education
Effectively contributes to the family/patient education program of the
2. Provides clinical training to social work students according to established
3. Develops and presents educational programs to hospital employees and the
community on social work topics, as requested.
Performs key role in
assessment, coordination of legal matters, and specialized conditional release
planning for patients who are found by the courts to be Not Guilty by Reason of
Insanity. (Performed by some incumbents)
Completes social services portion of the Comprehensive Review of NGRI clients.
2. Participates in comprehensive review meetings and makes recommendations for
release of NGRI's.
3. Participates in the completion and implementation of conditional release
4. Contacts lawyers and key personnel within the judicial system to coordinate
inpatient care, resolution of legal issues, and outpatient care.
Coordinates the provision
of services for patients who are found by the court to be incompetent to stand
trial and for patients who are in need of pre-trial competency evaluations.
(Performed by some incumbents)
Ensures that the Outpatient Forensic Service Director is aware of the admission
of patients who require evaluations of competency.
2. Provides assessment data to the inpatient forensic medical director as it
relates to patient's progress towards increased competency.
3. Involves hospital and community legal personnel in planning for the
dispositions of patient's legal charges.
- Knowledge of diagnostic
impressions or criteria
- Knowledge of how client
advocacy system operates
- Knowledge of crisis
- Knowledge of individual
and group therapy techniques
- Knowledge of various
therapeutic models and intervention as directly related to area of assignment
We have three (3) Full Time 8 AM - 5 PM Positions Approved
Master's degree and eligibility to be licensed Or Bachelor's degree in a related field and two years of experience in social service delivery.
*Must obtain SAFETY CARE certification by completion of new employee, and must maintain this certification as a term and condition of employment.
SPECIAL NOTE: Applicants must provide an official copy of their educational credentials prior to employment.
Only individuals with an MSW, LMSW, or LCSW will be considered for this position.
MSW, LMSW, LCSW with mental health experience in the area of psychosocial assessments, counseling, group facilitation, crisis intervention, case management and transition planning. Forensic experience desired.
In addition to a competitive salary (Based on Education and Experience - See Statewide Salary Pay at this link: http://dbhddjobs.com/files/StatewideSalaryPlanAnnual2009.pdf), we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.
This position is a pay grade 13 on the statewide salary plan.
This position is located at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Central State Hospital was founded in 1842 and was Georgia's first psychiatric hospital. Its purpose was to provide a safe and humane place for those with mental health challenges.
The medical complex encompasses about 1,000 acres. The hospital, a middle Georgia mental health/developmental disabilities/ substance abuse facility, serves 23 counties in middle Georgia and has specialty programs serving citizens from the entire state of Georgia. Central State Hospital is accredited by JCAHO and certified by Medicare.
Milledgeville is located in historic central Georgia only 95 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
Milledgeville, the 4th capital of Georgia, is one of only two planned capital cities in the United States - the other being Washington, DC.
ADDITIONAL STEP: To be considered for this position, please also click on the link below and provide the information requested:
Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: CSHJobs@dhr.state.ga.us
To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: Social Worker - (Forensic) If you are currently employed by DBHDD, please include "Internal Employee" in the subject line as well.
You may be subject to a Drug Screen. You may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of Criminal History Record Information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You do have the right to challenge the contents of any Criminal History that is located, should you choose to do so.
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides services to ensure the health and welfare of Georgians. As an employee of DBHDD, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.