Characteristics of Work
This is the entry-level in the DHS-Child/Family Protection Specialist series. The work involves professional social services, which encompasses the provision of case management services designed to strengthen, rehabilitate, and preserve families; and provide protection and care for children and vulnerable adults in need of supplementary, substitute care, or provide full-time intake services. The incumbents implement the agency's practice model as a foundation to keep children safe primarily in his/her home. Incumbents evaluate the social needs of adults and children; develop a plan directed toward the solution of individual and family problems; and provide protective and placement services for homeless, dependent, or neglected children. Work includes developing and utilizing all agency and community resources to carry out the above objectives with the goal of maintaining children and families safely in his/her home or homelike settings. Incumbents remain on call on a 24-hour basis and may be expected to intervene and/or assist law enforcement in volatile situations involving removing at-risk children/vulnerable adults from abusive parents or guardians. The incumbents receive training related to job content, and must pass a comprehensive test prior to continued employment and/or advancement. Work is performed under the supervision of an administrative superior; and close supervision is received in the form of review of casework plans, recorded narratives, and frequent casework conferences.
Examples of Work
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:
Provides and/or arranges for services such as housing, day care, mental and physical health care, and employment of clients.
Places and supervises children requiring foster home placement.
Addresses legal issues, such as child abuse and neglect, assists with hearings, and provides testimony to inform custody arrangements.
Appears and testifies in Youth Court, Chancery Court, and Circuit Court when subpoenaed to do so.
Documents activities and time spent with clients in the case files, case management systems, and/or agency time studies.
Interviews clients to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
Maintains case history records and prepares reports.
Keeps records of assigned cases.
Participates in case conferences and/or staff meetings.
Consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior.
Develops and reviews service plans in consultation with clients and community partners.
Confers with clients to develop plans for post-treatment activities.
Coordinates services with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and/or social workers.
Conducts preliminary intake interviews.
Assists in the investigative process of reports of neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children and/or vulnerable adults.
Implements administrative procedures and the agency's practice model to meet objectives set by senior management.
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in social work, social services, psychology, educational psychology, sociology, nursing, criminal justice, counseling, marriage and family therapy, family studies, or a related field.
Incumbent must possess a valid driver's license and proof of vehicle insurance, which will be verified by the hiring agency.
Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develops and assists in the development of placement service plans for homeless, dependent, and/or neglected children.
Implements the agency's practice model for the provision of case management services.
Completes special assignments, investigations and pre-service and ongoing training requirements.
Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.
Eligible employees have the opportunity to participate in the state?s health and prescription insurance program. Employees may select either single or family coverage with affordable co-payments. More detail can be found at Know Your Benefits.
Employees are eligible for a wellness and health promotion program.This plan provides annual benefits for certain services with first-dollar coverage with no deductible.
All eligible employees receive an actual term life insurance policy upon employment. The policy coverage is two times the employee?s annual salary to a maximum of $100,000. More detail can be found at Life Insurance Choices.
Many agencies offer discounted premiums for dental, vision, and cancer insurance.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Many state agencies provide opportunity for employees to participate in pre-tax spending accounts.These accounts allow employees to withhold childcare expenses and unreimbursed medical expenses prior to application of state and federal taxes.
Paid Personal Leave and Sick Leave
Full-time employees receive paid time off for personal needs and for sick leave.Leave begins accruing after one month of employment and may be used as it is accrued.Employees earn approximately 18 days of personal leave annually and 12 days of sick leave annually.
In accordance with federal law, all employees serving in the armed forces or the military reserves are entitled to 15 days per year for military training.
Employees receive up to 10 paid holidays to enjoy many of our nation?s celebrations with family and friends.
The State of Mississippi provides all its employees a Defined Benefit/Defined Contribution Retirement Program.Employees become vested in the State?s retirement system after 8 years of employment.Both you and your employing agency contribute toward your retirement. More detailed information regarding the State?s retirement program can be found at http://www.pers.state.ms.us
State agencies offer several opportunities for their employees to participate in a deferred compensation voluntary retirement savings plan.More information can be found at Deferred Compensation.
State Credit Union
All state employees are eligible to participate in the Mississippi Public Employees? Credit Union.This organization offers state employees special savings and borrowing plans.For more information about this program, call 601.948.8191.
Many state agencies provide opportunities for their employees to achieve higher education through tuition reimbursement.Common programs include medical and nursing fields, accounting, and business/administrative fields.
Career Development and Training
The Mississippi State Personnel Board offers several management and administrative certification programs, as well as professional development courses to enhance employee value to the agency.Individual agencies also offer technical training and allow membership in professional organizations to employees in their specific fields of employment.
Employees who have completed 6 or more months of service are eligible for promotional opportunities within state government employment.Minimum qualifications must be met.
Many job classifications provide career-ladder opportunities based upon attainment of competencies.These career ladders can increase an individual?s salary, provided funds are available within the agency.