The Behavioral Health area within Human Services and Public Health (HSPH) is seeking a Senior Psychiatric Social Worker for the Prepetition Screening program. This position will screen and evaluate individuals for civil commitment, review medical records, interview families, patients and concerned persons, and write court reports summarizing results as defined in the Minnesota Commitment and Treatment Act, MN Statutes 253B. Behavioral Health is an innovative service area continuously seeking ways to improve access to mental health and substance use disorder services for Hennepin County residents.
Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit employee referral program.
Location and hours: This position is hybrid and will work in Hennepin County community locations and remote as job duties require. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin.
New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022, to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment. About the position type: This is a full-time, benefit earning position. This position is internally classified as a Social Worker, Senior Psychiatric. Click here to view the job classification specification.
In this position, you will:
· Conduct clinical interviews with clients and families to determine level of functioning and to diagnose mental and emotional disorders.
· Prepare clinical assessment reports based on a working knowledge of the Minnesota Commitment Act (Statute 253B), which include the presenting problems: psychosocial and medication history, psychiatric diagnosis and treatment plans.
· Participate in multi-disciplinary staff conferences to determine the need for civil commitment.
· Confer and consult with professionals in community social service, mental health, educational and other human services systems.
· Participate in court hearings and provide information regarding client status.
· Receive and process documentation and information that is necessary to initiate the screening process, via phone calls, email communication, fax, and medical information systems.
· Assign screening cases to professional staff, considering workload, staff availability, and specialized skills of staff members.
· Provide information and guidance to business partners and public regarding the civil commitment process.
Need to have:
· Master's degree or higher in social work or a closely related field and two or more years of post-master's degree experience in a psychiatric or mental health setting.
· A valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation to visit community sites throughout Hennepin County.
Nice to have:
o Working in the areas of mental health and chemical dependency.
o Documenting and preparing clinical assessment reports.
o Providing court testimony pertaining to a client's mental health.
o Utilizing word processing applications, data systems, electronic data management, and electronic medical records.
· Knowledge of:
o Systems represented by our business partners, including medical providers, case management services, county attorney offices, and district probate court.
o Minnesota Statute 253B, which governs the civil commitment process.
o Resources available through Hennepin County and the community.
· Ability to:
o Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and foster a team environment.
o Establish effective therapeutic relationships with individuals in crisis.
o Develop and maintain effective working relationships with staff and professional agencies.
About the department:Human Services delivers a variety of services to individuals or families that assist with basic needs or encourage client change around specific objectives. We work with individuals as well as systems and communities in order to develop policy and advocate for the people we serve. The people we serve and our communities are connected. By helping one, we help the other. About Hennepin County:Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (log in as Guest). Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies. This position may have access to systems or other documentation that contains HIPAA data. Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test and/or background check.If you have any questions, please contact: Kristin Checco