STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION
Salary Group B14
Class No. 5703
HUMAN SERVICES SPECIALIST IV
Performs complex (journey-level) social service or case management work. Work involves collecting, preparing, and reviewing cases to facilitate access to medical, educational, social, and other services; conducting licensing studies of child care facilities; and providing intervention and frequent contact with individuals, facilities, and service providers. May train others. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
Coordinates facility inspections and investigations with investigative staff, and reviews complaints about licensed or unlicensed facilities.
Conducts life needs assessments and participates in developing client support plans.
Conducts licensing studies of child care facilities, and grants or denies licenses as provided by state law.
Provides institution or clinic orientation to clients or their families, and instructs clients in the proper use of services.
Interviews clients, their families and friends, or authorized representatives to collect information necessary to determine program eligibility or to obtain social and developmental history and status.
Certifies service eligibility, computes benefit amounts, and determines certification period lengths.
Explains program benefits, requirements, rights of appeal, and fair hearings to clients and their families.
Prepares clients and their families for furloughs and hospital discharge.
Monitors clients’ case status and communicates status to their families and relevant service providers.
Assists in unit administration and program development.
May consult with licensed child care facilities on policies, practices, records, budgets, and community resources.
May assist psychiatrists, physicians, and other medical professionals in the rehabilitation of patients.
May speak to community groups, attend board meetings, and serve on committees.
May testify in court as a technical authority on human service-related issues.
May train others.
Performs related work as assigned.
GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES
Experience and Education
Experience in human services work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in human services, social science, business, or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of community and government service delivery systems and case management delivery systems; of case guidelines, regulations, and policies; of interviewing techniques; of mental illness and the emotional components of physical illness; of rehabilitation methods; of individual needs associated with disabilities; and of community welfare resources.
Skill in interviewing and in conducting individual needs assessments.
Ability to convey instructions and explanations to clients and interested parties, to negotiate available services, and to train others.
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