Social Worker - Adult Protective Services

Posted: 06/13/2022

The Portage County Health and Human Services department has a full time Social Worker position opening. This position focuses on Adult Protective Services.

What are the primary job duties?

Provision of Court-Related Adult Protective Services.

  • Identifies persons in need of protective services.
  • Coordinates necessary evaluations and/or gathers background and evaluative data.
  • Coordinates determination of competency with physician/psychologist/psychiatrist.
  • Prepares comprehensive evaluations.
  • Prepares orders of transfer, transportation, and dismissal as appropriate.
  • Provides court testimony as necessary.
  • Completes yearly WATTS reviews on persons for whom protective placements have been completed.

Provision of Community-Based Protective Services.

  • Recruits and trains guardians.
  • Develops corporate guardians as needed.
  • Finds appropriate community or institutional placements for persons placed under protective custody.
  • Coordinates in-home supportive services that prevent early or unnecessary institutionalization.

Conducts Elder Abuse Investigations.

  • Investigates reported incidences of elder abuse.
  • Coordinates elder abuse services with Department on Aging, Family Crisis Center, law enforcement and other community partners.
  • Coordinates services designed to ameliorate elder abuse situations.

What are the minimum qualifications?

  • Bachelor’s degree in social services or related human services field required, Master’s degree in social work or related human services field preferred.
  • Three years’ experience working with a long-term care population (elderly/disabled) strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals with chronic mental illness preferred.
  • Certification or eligible for certification in Wisconsin as a social worker preferred.

Starting pay: $26.62 per hour

Portage County offers an AWESOME benefit package for permanent employees working at least 20 hours/week, which includes the following;

  • Vacation - available on day one!
  • Health insurance- your choice of two health plans- (Health Savings Account associated with a High Deductible Health Plan with a County contribution or a PPO Co-pay plan)
    • Health insurance starting at $19.33 a paycheck!
  • Wellness incentive plan offered with health insurance enrollment! Earn up to $600 per year!
  • Flexible spending account
  • Dental insurance
  • State of Wisconsin Retirement Plan - County contribution of 6.5%!
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid sick leave
  • Life insurance- premium paid by the County (must work a minimum of 30 hrs/wk)
  • Long term disability insurance- premium paid by the County (must work a minimum of 30 hrs/wk)
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Plan) - paid by the County
  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan


Portage County is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer