Opening Avenues to Re-entry Success (OARS) Program
As a Forensic Specialist (Case Worker III) with the OARS program, you would be part of an intensive program providing wraparound case management services to high risk/high need individuals with mental illness who are releasing from the Wisconsin state prison system.
Due to expansion of the OARS program, our current openings are for Case Workers to serve Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties. Applicants who live in or near these areas are desired.
Some of the unique benefits of working with us include:
*Supervision for clinical hours toward licensure is available.
*Many licensing/certification fees and CEUs are paid by the agency.
*WCS is a qualifying nonprofit agency under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
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1. Coordinate, plan and ensure follow through with community treatment for individuals participating in the OARS Program.
2. Engage and develop a supportive one to one therapeutic relationship with each client
3. Utilize Motivational Interviewing skills as a primary skill/tool to enhance client participation and success.
4. Monitor ongoing treatment needs and compliance with treatment for all program clients by providing assessment, treatment planning, assertive case management, symptom management, medication monitoring, crisis-intervention and coordination of multi-disciplinary team meetings as per program protocols and the DHS contract.
5. 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 areas of housing, money management, vocational/educational pursuits, scheduling and transportation to appointments.
6. Encourage and develop natural supports for each client including family members, neighbors, friends, the community, etc.
7. Create and maintain client service documents including but not limited to:Assessments; ISP’s; service plans; suicide risk assessments; crisis plans; client budgets, release of information forms.
8. Comply with DHS quality standards, format requirements and time frames for all documents and communications.
9. 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.
10. Provide ongoing communication and coordination with treatment providers,DOC, prison staff, and other service agencies.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Timely collection of necessary medical records, lab results and information for OARS clients per program protocol.
2. Rotating crisis line coverage
3. Enter update data into program database as needed.
4. Attend trainings, meetings, and staffings as needed.
5. Other job-related duties as may be necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the position.
Bachelor's degree in a related human service field is required.
Experience in case management and service coordination, particularly with mentally ill, substance abusing individuals, or other special populations is required.
Must have a valid driver’s license and insured automobile to meet agency insurance requirements, must meet WCS requirements for criminal and caregiver background checks, references, and driving record, as well as Department of Justice and Department of Corrections background checks.
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.