We are currently seeking a Case Worker to provide services in the Milwaukee/Waukesha County area for our Conditional Release Program.
Our Conditional Release Case Workers provide ongoing service coordination, monitoring, treatment planning, and advocacy to individuals who are committed under WI Stat 971.17, Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect, and OCRP (Outpatient Competency Restoration Program).
WCS has great benefits!
- Most holidays paid and off
- Insurance benefits package
- Mileage reimbursement
- Generous paid time off (vacation, sick, and personal time)
- WCS is a nonprofit organization that qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
- Coordinate and plan community treatment for individuals in the Outpatient Competency Restoration Program (OCRP), and those individuals who have been found NGI, and have been granted a conditional release by the court (includes direct court releases and institutional releases).
- Responsible for developing and submitting the following court documents when appropriate:Predispositional Investigations, Conditional Release Plan, Alternative CR Plan, Discharge/Transition Plan as well as all status documents for submission to Court.
- Engage and develop a supportive one to one therapeutic relationship with each client.
- Utilize Motivational Interviewing skills as a primary approach to enhance client participation and success.
- Monitor ongoing treatment needs and compliance for all program clients by providing assessment, treatment planning, case management, symptom management, medication monitoring/observation (as outlined in the program protocol), crisis-intervention and coordination of multi-disciplinary team meetings as outlined in the DHS contract
- Coordinate community support services and/or directly provide assistance to clients with activities of daily living to include, but not limited to, coaching and hands on assistance in the area of housing, money management, vocational/educational pursuits, scheduling and transportation to appointments.
- Encourage and develop natural supports for each client including family members, neighbors, friends, community members, etc.
- Respond to crisis situations using agency approved approaches/techniques.
- Create and maintain client service documents including but not limited to: Intake Assessment, TIC assessments, treatment plans/individualized care plans; quarterly reports; suicide risk assessments; crisis plans; client budget, release of information forms.
- Comply with DHS quality standards, format requirements and time frames for all Court submitted plans and communications as well as DHS Contract Deliverables.
- Ensure maximum client financial contribution and third party payment toward cost of service provision by applying for appropriate insurance benefits, using to the fullest extent patient assistance programs, county services and community resources.
- Provide on-going communication and coordination with the court system, treatment providers, DOC, institutional staff, and other service agencies.
- Frequent home visits and transporting of client in the community using personal vehicle.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
- Collect necessary legal and clinical background information for OCRP and NGI clients.
- Rotational crisis line coverage
- Appear and testify at court hearings
- Attend trainings, meetings, and staffings as needed.
- Review and respond to emails and phone messages on a daily basis
- Other job-related duties as may be necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the position.
Bachelor’s Degree in related human service field required. Experience in case management and service coordination. Experience with mentally ill, substance abusing individuals, or other special populations required. Must meet all the WCS employee requirements including references, criminal and caregiver background checks, have a valid driver’s license and insured automobile, as well as an acceptable driving record per the terms of the agency's insurance.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of and experience in mental health and substance abuse services including assessment, treatment plan development, psychotropic medications, side effects and symptom management; knowledge of the legal system and forensic psychiatric issues; risk management; resourcefulness and flexibility responding to changing client needs; knowledge of entitlements such as Medicaid, Medicare, SSI/SSDI, Veterans benefits; above average written and verbal communication skills; positive interpersonal skills; good organizational and time management skills; ability to work independently as well as a team member; familiarity with computers; interest and commitment to social justice.