The Human Services Adult Behavioral Health area is seeking to hire a Senior Social Worker (SSW) to assist in early identification and intervention for individuals with mental health, medical, and substance use needs who have contact with emergency response systems such as law enforcement, fire, or EMS. Individuals in these positions provide community outreach, resources and short term, solution focused case management to those referred.
Location and hours:
This position will be on-site at the St. Louis Park Police Department, 3015 Raleigh Avenue, St Louis Park, Minnesota 55416, and will require travel throughout Hennepin County. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with some limited early morning and evening hours. Based on current requirements hires must live in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin.
In this position you will:
While working on-site at the police department, build collaborative relationships with law enforcement professionals, and department leadership by offering social service-related consults, attending, and actively engaging in department meetings, presenting social service-related information at roll calls and going out on occasional ride along with officers.
Receive clients through law enforcement referrals after officers have interacted with clients and determined that they have a social service-related need.
Assist law enforcement by providing engagement, support, and resources to residents.
Provide outreach to individuals referred either by phone, in-person or by letter.
Develop interventions in collaboration with the resident to create a personalized plan that is culturally informed, including coordination with existing supports, providing resources and referrals for ongoing needs.
Assist with applications for benefits and applications for services.
Coordinate with resident’s existing providers in the community.
Document referrals received and case notes utilizing state and county systems.
Participate in community engagement events.
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 of 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.
A valid driver's license and daily access to reliable transportation to travel primarily within the metro area to meet with persons in their residential settings and/or perform authorized off-site work duties.
Licensed or working towards licensure in any of the following:
Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
Providing case management
Serving individuals living with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, and homeless/housing instability.
Collaborating with law enforcement to address the safety and needs of individuals.
Serving individuals living with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder.
Serving individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system.
Effectively interacting with people from diverse backgrounds including efforts towards disparity reduction.
Diversity of cultural and lifestyle experiences, beliefs and practices relating to spiritual, mental, and physical health, community, family structure and dynamics and disparities.
County and community resources for mental health, substance use disorder, social services, and basic needs.
Safety practices for meeting with clients in the community and in residential settings.
Harm reduction principles.
Trauma-informed care principles.
Social determinants of health.
Social work best practices and ethics.
Function well in fast-paced, unpredictable, and challenging situations calling for sensitivity, flexibility, resourcefulness, and independent judgment.
Work well as a team.
Demonstrate strong interpersonal, organizational and computer skills.
Bilingual candidates who pass a language assessment may qualify for additional bilingual pay and duties.