Social Worker - Adult / Substance Abuse Services

Posted: 06/09/2022

The Portage County Health and Human Services department has a new, full time Social Worker position opening! This position focuses in the Adult / Substance Abuse Services section.

Starting pay: $26.62 per hour

What are the primary job duties?

Provides Crisis Intervention, Consultation, Investigation, Coordination, and Case Management Services Relative to Possible Mental Health-Related Commitment and Other Proceedings Under Chapter 51.  This includes:

  • Discusses referral with intake worker or other referral source.
  • Conducts interviews with client, family, law enforcement, medical personnel, and others as appropriate to assess the nature of the problem.
  • Investigates behavior and determines appropriateness of referral to Corporation Counsel office for legal action.
  • Screens information and prepares dispositional recommendations to Corporation Counsel office.
  • Provides consultative services to family members before and after hearings, regarding process, options, and results.
  • Provides case management and follow-along services to post-commitment clients who remain in community on an outpatient basis.
  • In conjunction with treatment staff, formulates recommendations for dismissal or recommitment to Corporation Counsel.
  • Provides mental health-related crisis intervention services to transients.
  • Coordinates court-ordered evaluations.
Provision of Adult Protective Services, which includes:
  • Assesses individuals referred for APS.
  • Coordinates required medical/psychological/psychiatric evaluations.
  • Facilitates competency determinations.
  • Completes court reports as required.
  • Provides court testimony as needed.
  • Completes Watts (annual) Reviews for individuals protectively placed.
  • Assists with identification/provision of in-home supportive services as needed.
  • Assists with identification/placement of institutional care as needed.
What are the minimum qualifications of the position?
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or a related human services field required.
  • Three years experience within the last ten years working with mentally ill required.
  • Three years experience within the last ten years working with elderly/disabled required.
  • One year experience within the last ten years providing crisis intervention services to either elderly/disabled or mentally ill populations required.
  • Certified or eligible for certification in Wisconsin as a social worker preferred.

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