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Health Clinician (Advocate)

SALARY:              $53,534.00 - $85,441.62 Annually

OPENING DATE:               11/14/19

CLOSING DATE: 11/22/19 05:00 PM

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is seeking qualified candidates for Behavioral Health Clinician (Advocate) for the Crisis Intervention Division within the Human Services Department.

General Description
Provides counseling, screening, assessment, and intervention to individuals and families.

Works under general supervision, independently developing work methods and sequences.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Requires a Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in social work, gerontology, psychology, counseling or closely related field to area of assignment.

Requires one (1) year in social services casework, counseling or closely related field to area of assignment.

Depending upon area of assignment, six (6) months of clinical case management may also be required.

Special Requirements
*Required to work nights/weekends/holidays and on call hours.

Special Certifications and Licenses Required
Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License for duration of appointment.
Depending upon area of assignment, licensures and/or certifications may be required.

 Experience working sexual violence and child abuse
Certification as LMFT, LCSW, LMHC or Registered Intern
Bilingual English/Spanish, English/Creole and/or English/Portuguese

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.

Conducts clinical screenings, interviews and bio-psychosocial evaluations in hospital district.

Conducts home and community visits as needed to provide substance abuse counseling to participants and their families.

Observes, evaluates, and monitors reports and records program participant status and progress.

Conducts clinical interviews and biopsychosocial evaluations.

Conducts group and individual counseling sessions.

Develops treatment plans with program participants and/or their families.

Maintains associated clinical records manually and/or electronically using computer based applications.

Observes, evaluates, monitors, reports and records client status and progress.

Provides advocacy services to clients (greets family, obtains consent for medical exam, walks client to the exam room, provides emotional support during the examination, provides counseling service referrals and any other referrals family may need).

Assists with physical abuse intakes for Crisis Protection Team.

Acts as an advocate between the families and law enforcement, state attorney's office, or child protective services to ensure that the needs and/or concerns of the client are being addressed.

Links families to different agencies within the community, such as housing assistance, childcare, and food banks, to assist them with various needs.

Coordinates treatment with other community, governmental and service providers.

Prepares accurate and timely written reports on assigned caseload as well as the quality and/or quantity of work completed.

Confers with program participants, their families and/or other caregivers regarding issues of treatment.

Assists with special projects assigned by the supervisor.

Evaluate and provide crisis intervention services to victims of sexual violence, and child abuse and their non-offending family members, in person or by telephone.

Accompany clients during initial and follow up forensic medical examinations, appointments, interviews, trial and sentencing and other necessary appointments or services.

Provide information to clients about available services and resources and coordinate/deliver agency services.

Conduct forensic interviews

Testify at depositions, hearings, and trials as required.

Explain the legal process to clients and family members as it pertains to individual cases; coordinates with local law enforcement agencies and the State Attorney's Office regarding the status of cases.

Complete intakes and triage cases as needed to determine appropriate services.

Assist clients with completing assistance and relocation applications.

Represents the agency in community events, staffing's, and stakeholder meetings.

Answers after hours calls, and 24-hour rape hotline calls as needed.

Participate in staff meetings, multi-disciplinary team meetings and trainings as scheduled and conduct community presentations and educational groups.

Perform emergency service duties in the event of a County emergency or disaster (e.g., staffing a shelter prior, during or after a hurricane).

Performs related work as assigned.

Physical Demands
Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.
Performs sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time or sustained keyboard operations.

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.
Involves routine and frequent exposure to traffic; moving machinery.


Americans with Disabilities Act 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.