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Initial Assessment Worker

Company: Kenosha Human Development Services
Location: Kenosha
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

KENOSHA HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, INC. 3536 52nd Street Kenosha, WI 53144 Division/Department: Crisis and Stabilization Services Location: Crisis Prevention Center Job Title: Initial Assessment Worker Reports To: Juvenile Crisis Program Manager and Director of Clinical Services Type of Position: Full Time Schedule: 40 hours per week or as demanded by the job For more information, please click on the following link: Initial Assessment Worker 3-31-2021 (/wp-content/uploads/Postings/177.pdf) POSITION SUMMARY This position includes responsibility for the completion of Initial Assessments of Child Abuse/Neglect and Services Reports as assigned by the Division of Children and Families. Those Assessments are to be completed within Wisconsin DCF Child Protective Services Access and Initial Assessment Standards and Safety Standards within 60 days of assignment. RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Primary responsibility is completing Initial Assessments (investigations) and Services Reports regarding allegations of child maltreatment and family difficulties using the Wisconsin Child Protective Services Access and Initial Assessment Standards and Safety Standards. Conduct a comprehensive assessment in order to: a. Assess and analyze present and impending danger threats to child safety b. Take action, when necessary, to control threats to child safety c. Determine whether maltreatment occurred d. Assist families in identifying community resources e. Engage families in providing protection for their children f. Explain the initial assessment process to the family including the purpose of the interview(s) and any needed collaboration with other agencies (e.g., law enforcement, regulatory agency) g. Identify children who may be subject to the Indian Child Welfare Act 2. Fufill program expectations in cases involving: a. Child Abuse and Neglect: b. Follow Child Protective Services Investigation Standards c. Complete required risk and needs and safety assessments of county referred CPS cases d. Make appropriate risk determinations in emergency cases e. Complete a caseload of Initial Assessments per month f. Runaway and Homeless Youth g. Assess risk and needs level of youth h. Assess family dynamics i. Counsel with youth and identified caregivers j. Arrange short-term placement if necessary k. Arrange for follow-up l. Requesting Temporary Physical Custody of Children: m. Follow guidelines established in Chapter 48 and procedure established by Juvenile Intake Services n. Provide documentation immediately o. Provide intake services to child, family and placement provider p. Make assessment of Family Adjustment, Mental Health and cases appropriate for Family Support programs q. Follow up with child and family where indicated r. Provide appropriate release of information and referral information to service provider 3. Interviews alleged victim(s), siblings, parents, and all household members 4. Maintains client and child contact as required by State Standards 5. Assesses child safety including the adult's protective capacities and the physical condition of the home 6. If children are unsafe, determine whether a protective plan, a safety plan, or requesting a detention from Juvenile Court Intake (JCI) is needed to ensure child safety, including placement of children into foster care 7. Works directly with biological families, foster families, alternate care providers, and community agencies in the interest of child safety and improving child and family well-being 8. Makes referrals to community-based service agencies and monitors progress 9. Maintains accurate, meaningful, and current case records, reports, and other documents and correspondence, including all required documentation in the Wisconsin State Automated Child Welfare Information System (WISACWIS) and the Client Tracking System (CTS) 10. Provide backup to Juvenile Crisis with case set up in WISACWIS 11. Maintain professional relationships with all systems: a. Law Enforcement b. Schools c. Hospitals d. Social Services e. Juvenile Intake Services f. Other Community Agencies 12. Respect client confidentiality and follows Code of Ethics established by the National Association of Social Workers 13. Attend and participates in various multi-disciplinary meetings, staffings, in-service trainings, and staff development activities 14. Work as part of a team 15. Follow schedule of hours established by Program Manager 16. Perform other duties as required or assigned 17. May be required to work non-traditional hours QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in human services or related field required 1. Ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbally, in the English language 2. Must have reliable transportation and valid driver?s license with good driving record 3. Must carry own auto insurance with at least 100,000/300,000/100,000 coverage 4. Ability to maintain records and document case notes daily 5. Ability to give and accept feedback as a part of a team 6. Ability to traverse within the workspace and community frequently 7. Be willing to learn and work with the treatment philosophies 8. Bilingual in Spanish a plus

Keywords: Kenosha Human Development Services, Kenosha , Initial Assessment Worker, Other , Kenosha, Wisconsin

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