Overview

Requirements And Preferences

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is seeking qualified candidates for Substance Abuse Case Worker in Residential within Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) Division within the Human Services Department.

General Description

Paraprofessional work, providing technical assistance and administrative support and, depending upon area of assignment, patient care assistance, for the professional, clinical, and/or nursing staff within a County addiction/substance abuse treatment program or facility.

May be assigned to a County addiction/substance abuse facility, e.g., a receiving center, admissions office, or inpatient or residential treatment facility, and/or may provide non-clinical casework to consumers within a County addiction/substance abuse program. While actual tasks may vary, depending upon area of assignment, work generally involves assisting professional, clinical, and nursing staff in the treatment and care of program participants in accordance with the established methods and procedures of the County addiction/substance abuse program and state regulations.

Judgment and discretion are used in assisting program participants. Work is performed with some independence in daily operations within approved policies and procedures and is evaluated through reports and observation of results.

Minimum Education And Experience Requirements

Requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in social work, psychology, gerontology, or closely related field.

(Two years of relevant experience may be substituted for each year of required education, depending upon area of assignment.)

Requires two (2) years experience as caseworker or providing direct client services in an addiction/substance abuse treatment or mental health facility or program.

Special Certifications and Licenses

Depending upon assignment, Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) Certification and a valid Florida Driver’s License may be required.

Preferences

Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) Certification or other applicable FL Certification Board Certifications

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in social work, psychology, or closely related field

Bilingual English/Spanish, English/Creole, English/French, and/or English/Portuguese

Duties And Responsibilities

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job as necessary.

Assists professional, clinical, or nursing staff in performing routine tasks associated with their job functions. Attends and participates in staff meetings. Assists with development and implementation of treatment plans.

Assists staff in monitoring visitors and program participants.

Completes the intake process for clients entering the program

Completes the discharge process for clients leaving the program

Enters data into departmental, divisional, agency, and/or ADM mandated software programs for charting, discharge, billing, and other related purposes.

Interacts with and monitors behavior of program participants throughout their daily routine. Prompts or encourages participation in scheduled program activities and may assist with conduct of routine activities.

Interacts with coworkers, program participants, and/or program participants families in a manner that supports the treatment or recovery plan and agency and County policy. Responds to inquiries about agency programs and services or refers inquiries to outside resources as appropriate.

Maintains confidentiality of program participants and program participant records.

May accompany or transport program participants going to receive health care, treatment, social services, etc.

May assist with facilitation or facilitate group education programs. May speak to groups and organizations on the nature and impact of addiction/substance abuse. May present training and educational modules for prevention presentations.

May assist with maintaining the cleanliness of the facility and in providing a safe and protected environment for program participants and staff.

May check and record program participant vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, weight, temperature. May observe and collect urine specimens.

May collect and record receipt of monies for program services. May assist in determining program participants eligibility and application for financial assistance including Medicare.

May conduct community outreach activities and assist consumers in their recovery in accordance with the established methods and procedures of the agency’s addiction/substance abuse treatment program and state regulations.

May conduct non-clinical comprehensive assessments, complete non-clinical recovery plans, and make referrals as needed.

May inspect belongings of program participants upon admission or while in an agency addiction/substance abuse rehabilitation/treatment facility.

May perform supervised case management activities. May discuss general and specific needs and problems relating to chemical dependency with program participants and families.

Participates in educational programs to maintain and increase job knowledge and skills.

Provides general administrative support such as filing, answering telephones, and logging in program participants.

Records pertinent information in program participant charts in keeping with agency charting protocols. Creates and maintains program participant records, which may include shift reports and clinical or case staffing. May use computer based office software applications.

Reports program participant behavior to clinical or nursing staff as needed. Assists in monitoring visitors. May provide supportive services and information based on personal experiences with addiction/substance abuse.

Judgment and discretion should be used when dealing with program participants. Work is performed with some independence in daily operations within approved policies and procedures and is evaluated through reports and observation of results.

Provides self-medication observation and monitoring of clients during client medication schedule.

Records pertinent information in program participant charts in keeping with agency charting protocols. Creates and maintains program participant records, which may include shift reports and clinical or case staffing. May use computer based office software applications.

Reports program participant behavior to clinical or nursing staff as needed. Assists in monitoring visitors. May provide supportive services and information based on personal experiences with addiction/substance abuse.

Performs related work as required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Physical Demands

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs light work that involves walking or standing most of the time and involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis, or skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation of electronic office equipment within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy.

Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

None.

SPECIAL INFORMATION

County Core Competencies

All Broward County employees strive to demonstrate the County’s four core behavioral competencies.

  • Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Customer focus: Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Instills trust: Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Values differences: Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with the Professional Standards/Human Rights Section.

Emergency Management Responsibilities

Note: During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers. County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.

County-wide Employee Responsibilities

All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County’s Employee Code of Ethics, gift, and conflict of interest policies.

All Broward County employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.