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Youth Justice Mental Health Social Worker – Family Services
Location:River Block Building - WR
FT/PT:Full-time 38.75hrs/week - WRS Eligible
Deadline to apply:04/18/2021
Hiring Range:$50,959.35 to $58,253.65/annually
Job Responsibilities:
NOTE: Wage as of 7/1/21 - $52,510.90 to $60,006.70/annually


The Wood County Human Services Department has great passion for helping the members of our community. As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality services is a shared goal across all departments. If you have a background in Social Work and a passion to help the members of our community, please consider joining our team! 

In addition to who we are, Wood County team members are offered competitive salaries, flexible schedules, and excellent benefits including:
*Health Insurance - we offer low premiums and low deductibles, with excellent coverage!
*Dental Insurance
*Vision Insurance
*Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) - This is one of the best-funded public pension plans in the U.S.!
*457 deferred compensation plan
*On-Site Training and Continuing Education Credits
*Vacation and Sick Time - Start accruing for both on your first day!
*Paid Holidays
*Call Time
*Flexible Spending Account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
*Life Insurance
*Short and Long-Term Disability
*Wellness Incentive Plan 
*Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program

The Wood County Human Services Department, Family Services Division, has an immediate opening for an Intensive Youth Justice Mental Health Social Worker Position. This position provides assessment and intensive case management services to youth. Referrals are generated through Child Protective Services, Juvenile Court Services or Behavioral Health providers. The position is a full-time (.97 FTE) position. This position must work to provide support to youth and families in need and further support the Family Services and Behavioral Health Divisions. The work is performed under the immediate direction of the Youth Justice Supervisor.

These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
1. Use Social Work Methods, principles, and interviewing techniques with parents and/or children to develop treatment plans to meet established objectives and goals. The Worker will need to establish rapport and build a trusting relationship with the youth, and placement providers to obtain information adequate to determine the scope of the concerns and to effectively work with the family. The Worker must develop a collaborative working relationship with community partners involved in the treatment of the youth and his/her family. The Worker will assist the family to obtain optimum benefit from the utilized services. 
2. Maintain an understanding of the challenges youth with mental health diagnoses face within their homes and acclimating into the community and incorporate specialized skills and training into the daily, intensive work of youth who struggle with significant mental health and behavioral needs as well as complex trauma histories. 
3. Develop, implement, and coordinate comprehensive community plans to ensure that youth and their families are adequately supported and engaged in necessary treatment services in the community setting.
4. Utilize evidence-informed or evidence-based methods in providing intensive case management services to the youth and family with the goal of maintaining youth in their home environment and local community. 
5. Provide services to children and youth with complex trauma histories, behavioral and mental health concerns. Juvenile Court preparation and testimony is required.
6. Utilize de-escalation techniques when working with youth experiencing crisis situations in the community setting in order to avoid hospitalizations and disrupted placements. 
7. Manage workload to assure adequate compliance with required paperwork and establish accountability procedures.
8. Function as a team member within the Youth Justice team, Behavioral Health treatment providers, Family Resource Coordinators, Youth Mentors, support staff, and outside entities. Provide support to Foster Care and Kinship providers.
9. Participate in a rotating Behavioral Intervention paid on-call system to ensure coverage, consultation, and responses during periods of after hours, weekends, and holidays. 
10. Responsible to know and practice the Safety policies of the County. Perform all job tasks in a safe and prescribed manner. 

1. Attend Department staff meetings, appropriate training and education, and supervisory conferences. Demonstrate the ability to constructively utilize training and education provided and administrative consultation.
2. Any other duties as may be assigned.


Job Qualifications:
Minimum qualifications of a Bachelor’s Degree in a Mental Health, Social Work or a directly related field, and one year to two years’ experience in case management. Master’s Degree preferred. Possession of, or eligibility for, Social Work Certification in accordance with Wisconsin Chapter 457.08. Knowledge of State of Wisconsin statutes in chapters 48, 938, and 51. Basic everyday living skills, the ability to understand and follow directions (agency manuals, etc.), and reading and writing (for reports) is necessary. Ability to communicate orally and in writing with individuals and groups. This position may require travel to and from off-campus sites. Individual may use personal vehicle or other means of reliable transportation.

Basic office equipment used: computer, printing equipment, dictation equipment, telephone, copy machine, FAX machine.