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State of Montana APS Social Services Worker (37483) in Missoula, Montana

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has an exciting opportunity within the Senior and Long-Term Care Division. Our mission at DPHHS is to improve and protect the health, well-being, and self-reliance of all Montanans throughout every stage of their life. By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to perform meaningful work in public service to our state and its residents. Whether you are joining the workforce or have several years of experience, DPHHS has the opportunity for you! The purpose of the Adult Protective Services (APS) Social Worker position is to follow up with and protect the elderly as well as adults with disabilities who are at-risk for adult maltreatment: abuse, neglect or exploitation. This position will provide person-centered services within a trauma-informed system to assure safety, protection, and well-being for adults who are at risk of or have been subjected to adult maltreatment. Responsibilities include: assessing individuals safety; determining appropriate interventions to control for safety threats; developing service plans for individuals to build protective capacities and autonomy and independence; implementing emergency petitions for guardianship, follow up service plans for at-risk adult regarding adult maltreatment, identifying and making referrals for services for at-risk adults in their community that ensure stability and meet requirements of established laws; and tracking progress of programs, assuring positive outcomes with regards to the adult’s well-being, including physical and mental health concerns. What We Can Offer You The State of Montana's comprehensive benefits package includes healthcare coverage, retirement plans, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, work/life balance, and eligibility to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Visit the Health Care and Benefits Division for more information at In addition to employee benefits, there are a wide range of advancement opportunities within the largest state agency in Montana. What You Can Offer Us Required for the first day of work: * Knowledge of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation. * Knowledge of the family systems, principles, and practices of social work and social services delivery. * Excellent oral and written communication skills. * Skill in dealing with individuals from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. * Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. * Ability to conduct in-depth investigations, research findings and document results. * Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, maintaining them over time. * Ability to maintain a calm and objective demeanor during periods of stress and pressure, defusing possible volatile situations. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): * Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or psychology, or directly-related degree. * Two years of social services work experience, or directly-related work experience, working with elderly, disabled adults, or intellectually disabled adults in difficult and sometimes volatile situations. * Other combinations of directly related education and experience maybe considered on a case-by-case basis; however, a bachelor’s degree is required. * Preferred Adult Protective Services work experience and NAPSA Core Competency certificate. If no certificate, must complete within 2 years of hire date. * Experience working with tribal government entities and/or other organizations of native peoples is highly preferred. For a copy of the full job description or if you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, contactColleen This is a 100% telework position with a focus on specific assigned counties; therefore an applicant does not need to reside in the city listed in this requisition. This position is funded by a grant through September 30, 2022, with a possible extension through September 30, 2023. How to Apply To be considered for any DPHHS position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, and upload any required documents. Successful applicants are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position. DPHHS is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Job: Community/Social Services* *Title: *APS Social Services Worker (37483) Location: Missoula Requisition ID: 22142272