Case Worker III (OARS - Forensic Specialist) For Kenosha & Walworth Counties
Company: Wisconsin Community Services
Posted on: January 22, 2023
Case Worker III (OARS - Forensic Specialist) For Kenosha &
Walworth CountiesJob Code: 2022-BHS-018Location: Behavioral Health
ServicesDepartment: Opening Avenues Re-entry SuccessFT/PT Status:
Full TimeJob Responsibilities: Join a Great Team! We are an
innovative program providing release planning and intensive case
management services to individuals returning from incarceration to
the community. Working in collaboration with DHS and DOC our goal
is to enhance community safety, reduce recidivism, and improve
participants' quality of life. We are seeking people with the
following qualities: Compassionate; self-directed; a team player
who also works well independently; detail oriented; open to
learning and new experiences; creativity; a sense of humor. Our
hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, with occasional
flexibility desired to meet client needs. Interested in gaining
experience in the mental health field? Looking for a position that
is dynamic and challenging that also provides manageable caseloads
and an emphasis on work/life balance? Working as a case manager in
the OARS program offers many unique opportunities and benefits:
Our case managers serve adults who have serious and persistent
mental illness. Your work will make a significant impact to those
who are often overlooked and underserved.
WCS is a qualifying nonprofit agency under the Public Service Loan
Our culture is team-oriented, and one of support and dedication to
Opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in mental health care,
case management, and the criminal justice system.
Job Responsibilities: Position Summary: Provide ongoing service
coordination, monitoring, treatment planning and advocacy to
residents of Kenosha and Walworth Counties who are participating in
the OARS Program (Opening Avenues for Re-entry Success) and
Outpatient Competency Restoration program (OCRP). Essential
Coordinate, plan and ensure follow through with community treatment
for individuals participating in the OARS and/or OCRP Programs.
Engage and develop a supportive one to one therapeutic relationship
with each client.
Incorporate evidence based practices into the provision of services
including but not limited to Motivational Interviewing, Trauma
Informed Care and Person Centered Planning.
Utilize Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills as a primary approach
to enhance client participation and success.
Develop and practice MI skills through training, coaching, and
client contact to attain basic fidelity within 12 months/advanced
fidelity within 24 months of employment as outlined in the program
Participate in MI coaching sessions and complete required surveys
(MI Self-Assessment and the Evaluation of MI Coaching Session)
Complete MI audio recording and written Test of Knowledge,
reviewing both with MI coach on a quarterly basis.
Monitor ongoing treatment needs and compliance with treatment for
all program clients by providing assessment, treatment planning,
assertive case management, symptom management, medication
monitoring, crisis-intervention and coordination of
multi-disciplinary team meetings as per program protocols and the
Maintain safety practices and continually assess potential risk
when in the community and when working with clients.
Coordinate community support services and/or directly provide
assistance to clients with activities of daily living to include,
but not limited to, coaching and hands on assistance in the areas
of housing, money management, vocational/educational pursuits,
scheduling and transportation to appointments .
Encourage and develop natural supports for each client including
family members, neighbors, friends, the community, etc.
Create and maintain client service documents including but not
limited to: case notes, assessments, release plans, ISPs, QPNs,
service plans, suicide and trauma risk assessments, crisis plans,
client budgets, and release of information forms within expected
Comply with program and DHS quality standards, format requirements
and time frames for all documents and communications.
Ensure maximum client financial contribution and third party
payment toward cost of service provision by applying for
appropriate insurance benefits, using to the fullest extent patient
assistance programs, county services and community resources .
Provide on-going communication and coordination with treatment
providers, DOC, prison staff, and other service agencies, reviewing
and responding to emails and phone messages on a daily basis .
Frequent home visits and transporting of clients in the community
using personal vehicle.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
Timely collection of necessary medical records, lab results and
information for OARS clients per program protocol.
Rotational crisis line coverage.
Attend trainings, meetings, and staffings.
Other job-related duties as may be necessary to carry out the
responsibilities of the position.
Job Qualifications: Minimal Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in a
related human service field; experience in case management and
service coordination; experience serving people with a mental
illness, substance use disorder or other special populations
required; must have a valid driver's license and an insured, safe,
operable automobile; must be able to pass a criminal background
check. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of and experience
in mental health and substance use services including assessment,
treatment plan development, psychotropic medications, side effects
and symptom management; knowledge of the legal system and forensic
psychiatric issues; risk management; resourcefulness and
flexibility responding to changing client needs; knowledge of
entitlements such as Medicaid, Medicare, SSI/SSDI, Veterans
benefits; above average written and verbal communication skills;
positive interpersonal skills; good organizational and time
management skills; ability to work independently as well as a team
member; familiarity with computers; interest and commitment to
social justice. Physical Demands: There is frequent driving
throughout a six county region, and various prisons throughout WI.
The position requires an ability to drive for periods of time
throughout the day. Must be able to go up and down stairs, lift and
carry 20 pounds to assist with routine client moves. Staff is
expected to assist clients with light household chores as
necessary. Office work involves sitting at a desk and conducting
computer work. pm21 Other Job Information (if applicable): Work
Relationship and Scope: Reports to the Supervisor of the OARS
Program. Has contact with a wide variety of individuals including
clients, staff, DHS, DOC, prison staff, psychiatrists, treatment
providers, family members and the general public. Personal
Attributes: Follow agency Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics;
adhere to established policies and procedures of the agency and of
all funding sources; conduct self in an ethical manner; maintain
professional and respectful relationships with program staff, other
WCS staff, clients and all external persons and agencies involved
with service provision; sensitivity toward cultural, ethnic and
disability issues; demonstrate commitment to agency values and
mission. Working Conditions: Job is performed in a combination of
office setting and field work throughout a six county region with
individuals who are participating in the OARS program; some of whom
may be unstable and symptomatic at times. The position requires
travel to various state prisons throughout WI. Most work is
performed in the community, primarily in client's homes. Staff
members are expected to transport clients as needed. Typical
workweek: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30, although some flexibility is
necessary to accommodate client needs (to include possible extended
work day hours, weekends, and holiday coverage). Also involves
rotational 24 hr crisis line coverage.PI201797383
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