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An Adult Protective Services Caseworker – SAO APS Spec I
An APS Caseworker protects the elderly and adults with disabilities who are unable to protect themselves. An APS caseworker has a very challenging job that can be stressful at times –but there are few occupations that offer more opportunities to learn new things about families, your community and yourself.
- Performs other duties as assigned and required to maintain unit operations.
- Makes presentations and participates in community awareness and related activities to inform the public about the program.
- Develops individualized service plans to meet the needs of the adult protective services client and maintains detailed documentation on each case.
- Promotes and demonstrates appropriate respect for cultural diversity among coworkers and all work-related contacts.
- Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy.
- Provides services after normal working hours and on weekends to maintain 24 hour coverage, including receiving reports of alleged abuse, neglect or exploitation.
- Determines temporary or long-term action to be taken to remove or lessen an immediate threat to the life or health of an adult protective services client to include counseling clients and caregivers, providing information and referral services, testifying in court to seek emergency protective services, finding alternate housing when necessary, and providing on-going services.
- Serves in lead capacity in absence of supervisor.
- Prepares routine, statistical, and special reports for management.
- Investigates reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of elderly or disabled adults to assess the urgency of the problem by interviewing clients, family members and other to gather social, functional, physical and mental-emotional information for evaluation.
- Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques and skills.
- Knowledge of differing cultures/ethnic groups and values.
- Skill in effective verbal and written communication.
- Ability to be on call in order to receive reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
- Knowledge of special problems of the aged and disabled.
- Ability to work effectively with difficult abuse/neglect complaints.
- Knowledge of agency policies, procedures, and standards.
- Knowledge of Texas laws relating to adult protective services.
- Ability to work with violent and dangerous individuals.
- Knowledge of gerontology and the dynamics of the aging process.
- Ability to operate standard office equipment including fax and copy machines.
- Ability to operate a personal computer and various software packages.
- Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
- Ability to empathize and provide encouragement to disabled adults and the elderly and to help them meet particular needs and alleviate problems.
- Ability to make home visits in isolated or high crime areas that may involve exposure to substandard and unsanitary living conditions.
Qualification & Experience:
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
- Employed as an Adult Protective Services Specialist I for 9 months AND have received Adult Protective Services Specialist Certification OR currently employed as an Adult Protective Services Specialist II in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services OR previously employed as an Adult Protective Services Specialist II in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
- Employed as an Adult Protective Services Specialist III for 24 months AND have received Senior Advanced Adult Protective Services Specialist Certification OR currently employed as an Adult Protective Services Specialist IV in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services OR previously employed as an Adult Protective Services Specialist IV in Texas Department of Family and Protective
Company: State Of Texas Jobs
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Corpus Christi, TX, US
Application Deadline: N/A