STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B14

Class No. 5002

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES SPECIALIST I

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs entry-level adult protective services work. Work involves obtaining information and investigating complaints of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults with disabilities and the elderly; and participating in taking corrective action. Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Obtains information and investigates complaints of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the elderly or adults with disabilities; investigates emergency situations; and takes corrective action.

Assesses client needs for degree and priority of services and develops service plans.

Advises, counsels, and interviews clients, family members, and others to gather social, functional, physical, and mental information for evaluation.

Removes persons in dangerous situations from homes and admits them to emergency shelters until other services can be found.

Arranges for medical and psychiatric examinations or treatments.

Monitors service plans to ensure that the needs of the elderly or adults with disabilities are being met.

Prepares documentation and seeks court orders for emergency protective services actions.

Prepares and maintains case documentation.

May participate in community awareness activities.

May prepare routine reports.

May testify in court.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in social work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in social work, counseling, psychology, criminal justice, or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the laws and regulations related to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly or adults with disabilities; of community social services resources; of the laws and regulations related to adult protective services; of gerontology; and of crisis intervention techniques.

Skill in interviewing.

Ability to obtain information and conduct investigations, to develop client programs, to evaluate living conditions, to prepare reports, to testify in court, and to communicate effectively.


State Auditor’s Office

Reviewed 9-1-17