The Elder Protective Services Worker is responsible for investigating and evaluating allegations of abuse or neglect, performing protective interventions, recommending protective program placements, and providing casework services for elderly clients facing abuse, neglect by a caretaker, financial exploitation or self-neglect.
- Receive and investigate reports of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation in a timely manner as defined under the regulations governing the protective services program.
- Provide case work services to protective service client population.
- Refer situations involving serious abuse to the appropriate District Attorney In consultation with Protective Services Supervisor.
- Work closely with community agencies and organizations including first responders, community safety personnel and medical professionals to identify needs, locate resources, and set up service network to meet needs.
- Maintain case records; collect information for program monitoring and evaluation.
- Assume 24-hours on-call responsibility as determined by Protective Services Supervisor.
QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL HAVE
- A Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology or related field and 2 years’ crisis intervention, domestic violence or witness advocate experience.
- Either a Masters’ Degree in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology or related field and 1 year of crisis intervention experience
- Experience working in an Aging Services agency is preferred.
- Must have experience in crisis intervention.
- Knowledge of the dynamics of abuse.
- Experience working in victim/witness advocacy, child protective services, District Attorney’s office, domestic violence shelter, abuse investigation, group home or other related position preferred.
- Experience in working with isolated, frail elders is helpful.
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues related to the aging process.