We are looking for a Social Service Worker/Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor to support the Salt Lake City Police Department. This role will be responsible for providing immediate crisis intervention and case management services to assist citizens and/or their families, along with assistance to prevent the intersection or further intersection with the criminal justice system. These citizens and/or their families may have the following problems: homelessness, substance abuse/dependence, mental and/or chronic health illnesses, domestic violence, employment issues, poverty, being a victim of crime, and access to other basic necessities.
You will work closely with the entire team of the Salt Lake City Police Department, engage with external service providers on a regular basis and have the ability and skills necessary to work with the general public in a positive, friendly, and professional manner.
This position will remain open until filled and may close anytime without notice.
- Provides direct case management services, including but not limited to the following: crisis intervention, ongoing assessment, goal setting, problem solving, service planning, consultation, support, information, and appropriate referrals to other community agencies.
- Acts as a bridge between the citizen, department, community, community agencies and other helping professionals to coordinate services and the best route of care for the person looking for assistance.
- Monitors and documents any and all care given to the citizen. Routinely assesses the citizen and family responses to the interventions and services, while also measuring treatment plan effectiveness. Prepares and retains timely correspondence, reports, patient progress, and/or other documentation.
- Gives debriefing to responders following traumatic incidents as requested by the department.
- Demonstrates and maintains a high standard of confidentiality and sensitivity to the persons and/or families on cultural, ethnic, racial, socioeconomic issues and diversity.
- Assists, educates, informs, and empowers under-represented populations in the community, including vulnerable communities, refugees and immigrant populations.
- Attends staff/staffing meetings and other meetings as assigned.
- Required to drive a vehicle to and from various locations throughout the community and provide transportation for citizens as needed. May be required to complete home or site visits as required by the department.
- May perform other duties as assigned.
- Current Licensure with the State of Utah as a Social Service Worker, Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor, Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor or Certified Substance Use Disorder Counselor OR five years of directly related work experience in social work.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as take initiative and work collaboratively as a part of a team.
- Possess interpersonal skills, active listening skills, critical analysis, and written and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated independent judgment to assess and meet citizen needs. Ability to have meaningful outcome oriented dialogue with citizens, families, community agencies and professional schools in coordinating care and services for citizens.
- Demonstrated appropriate boundaries with citizens and/ or their families while providing adequate services to meet citizen needs.
- Possession of a valid state driver license or Utah driving privilege card (or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment).
- Ability to successfully pass all appropriate examinations as required by the Salt Lake City Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations.
- Successful completion of a drug screen if incumbent has not completed it as a Salt Lake City employee.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited college/university and three to five years of related work experience, which included assessing the needs of a diverse population.
- Experience working collaboratively with community agencies.
- Experience working in both substance abuse and mental health treatment fields.
- Fluent in oral and written Spanish communication.
- Mental Health Officer Certification.