We are seeking a Senior Social Worker who is passionate about harm reduction, integrated care, and health equity. This position will work alongside Hennepin County Pre-Petition Screening to support a pilot program of diversion from chemical dependency civil commitment. This position will be on the Diversion and Recovery Team (DART) in Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health Behavioral Health division.As a Senior Social Worker, you will screen individuals who have been petitioned for chemical dependency commitment with the pre-petition screening team. The screening will explore whether a less restrictive alternative to commitment is available and realistic for the individual. This position will provide voluntary, intensive case management to Hennepin County residents 18+ living with a substance use disorder and experiencing housing instability, with an interest in improving quality of life. The best-qualified applicants will operate from a harm-reduction position with an ability to comfortably serve individuals in a variety of recovery avenues and support their autonomy and dignity by connecting the individual with community resources that match their goals.
Location and hours:
This position will be hybrid and will be performed at the Behavioral Health Center, 1800 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405, and remote as job duties require. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Occasional evenings may be required.While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin.
In this position, you will:
Work alongside Hennepin County Pre-Petition Screening to support a pilot program of diversion from chemical dependency civil commitment.
Screen individuals who have been petitioned for chemical dependency commitment with the pre-petition screening team; explore whether a less restrictive alternative to commitment is available and realistic for the individual.
Provide voluntary case management services rooted in a person-first, trauma-informed, harm-reduction manner on an interdisciplinary team.
Develop rapport and engage diverse clients with substance use disorder, assess the changing needs, engage in creative problem-solving, ability to deploy de-escalation techniques, and have unconditional regard to form long-term relationships.
Advocate for client’s desired recovery path while maintaining positive working relationships with partner agencies through a client’s transitions of care, between and amongst medical facilities, other Mental Health (MH), Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and/or housing programs.
Work with a variety of partner agencies, including but not limited to the Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic, American Indian Community Development Corporation, crisis residences, hospitals, withdrawal management, board and lodges, and substance use treatment agencies.
Maintain and contribute to policies, procedures, and resources for the staff team and case records and correspondence with an interdisciplinary team, including completing assessments (e.g., needs assessments, functional assessments, and harm reduction assessments).
Provide support and consultation to other teammates, including but not limited to case consultation, signing the documentation, facilitating workgroups or meetings, or developing tools and resources.
Need to have:
One of the following:
Master's degree or higher in social work or closely related field with course work emphasis in areas such as social work methods, human growth and behavior, and principles or social welfare.
Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and at least 18 semester (27 quarter) credits of graduate work in the above areas, and three years or more of full-time supervised experience as a social worker.
Licensed as a Graduate Social Worker by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
Dually licensed as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), or:
Current Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LSGW), Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and working towards becoming clinically licensed as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) or Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).
One or more years of experience:
Serving individuals living with substance use disorder.
Employing harm-reduction strategies with individuals.
Serving individuals living with a mental health condition.
Effectively interacting with people from diverse backgrounds including efforts towards disparity reduction.
County and community resources for MH, SUD, social services, and basic needs.
Civil commitment statutes and process.
Harm reduction and trauma-informed care principles.
Social determinants of health.
Function well in unpredictable and challenging situations calling for sensitivity, flexibility, resourcefulness, and independent judgment.
Effectively interact with people from diverse backgrounds.
Work well in a group setting, be accountable to the team.
In addition to English, candidates with fluency in another language such as Spanish, Ojibwe, or Somali are strongly encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates who pass a language assessment may qualify for additional bilingual pay and duties.