HUMAN SERVICES COUNSELOR III - 64003128
Posted on: May 23, 2023
HUMAN SERVICES COUNSELOR III - 64003128
Date: May 12, 2023
PALATKA, FL, US, 32177
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Requisition No: 795937
Agency: Department of Health
Working Title: HUMAN SERVICES COUNSELOR III - 64003128
Position Number: 64003128
Posting Closing Date: 05/30/2023
Job posting category (Open Competitive)
Your Specific Responsibilities:
The incumbent, an employee of the Florida Department of Health in Putnam County, works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, County, and community efforts. The incumbent Is expected to promote Innovation by searching for creative solutions and managing resources wisely. They are expected to collaborate through teamwork to achieve common goals and solve problems. The incumbent is expected to be accountable and perform with integrity and respect. They are expected to be responsive by serving our customers and engaging our partners. Finally, the incumbent is expected perform with excellence by promoting quality outcomes through learning and continuous performance.
This is a VOCA grant-funded position assigned to the Florida Department of Health in Putnam County, Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (VIPP). This position is designated to work primarily with adult and child victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, physical abuse, and neglect. Services will also be provided to victims of other types of crime, or secondary victims that have witnessed or been affected by violence and crime. The person in this position will provide victim services to the target populations through the following types of activities:
1).Advocate for victims within the law enforcement, criminal justice, medical, social services, child protective, housing and educational systems and inform victims of their rights;
2) Assist victims with crimes compensation;
3) Provide emotional support services including crisis counseling and safety planning;
4) Respond to sexual assault emergencies to refer, support and accompanying victims during forensic examinations; 5) provide support groups;
5) provide information and referral;
6) provide sexual violence hotline services to ensure 24/7 access for victims of sexual violence and abuse; 7) provide follow-up to ensure victims well-being, provide support and assist with needs.
This position is designated as an on-call position. All work will be performed under the direct supervision of the Human Services Program Manager.
Makes face-to-face contacts (office, home, community) to provide crisis intervention, information and resource referral, personal advocacy, assistance with crimes compensation claims, and follow-up contacts with victims of domestic and sexual violence, and other crimes. Provides safety planning for all clients during initial contact and as needed during follow-up contacts. Documents all services in accordance to protocols, policies and procedures. Maintains client confidentiality with regard to verbal and written information in accordance to DOH policy.
Completes telephone contacts to provide crisis counseling, program information, personal advocacy and resource assistance, and crimes compensation information to clients referred to VIPP be other agencies and self-referred. Completes follow-up contacts to provide support, assess needs and monitor progress.
Participates in 24/7 on-call program to provide first response crisis intervention services to victims of sexual assault including child victims. Provides immediate services of crisis counseling; advocacy and accompaniment within the criminal justice, medical and victim services systems; information and resource referrals; and assistance with crimes compensation claims. Accompanies and supports victims during emergency medical treatment and sexual assault examinations. Coordinates transportation to victims as needed to obtain safe shelter and access immediate services. Monitors DOH sexual violence hotline to provide 24/7 support services to victims of sexual violence and abuse. Provides crisis counseling, information and referral, and phone advocacy to victims, and ensures that they receive prompt services. Participates in staffing of hotline calls and reviews of hotline procedures.
Provides advocacy within the medical, social services, civil court, housing and educational systems to assist victims with services and resources needed in the aftermatth of crime. Provides information and referral concerning victim services/resources and rights.
Provides assistance to victims with applications, paperwork and follow up advocacy for a diverse range of benefits needed as a result of crime and victimization. Develops and maintains resource data base of benefits resources, applications, and contacts. Maintains benefits services information in client files.
Provides Criminal Justice Support and Advocacy for victims that includes support, assistance, and advocacy to victims at any stage of the criminal justice process, to include post-sentencing services and support. This requires advocates to provide emotional support and encouragement to victims that will allow them to follow through with filing criminal reports, obtain injunctions for protection, and testify at court hearings.
Provides information and support groups to adult primary and secondary victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other crime or victimization issues. Through partnerships with the SAO, DCF and CPT, Lee Conlee House DV Center, and CDS identifies opportunities to develop materials and program services to respond to the victimization needs of high risk and/or under-served populations. Examples of populations include victims with current abuse cases in the criminal justice or family court/protective services system, families in which child abuse has been disclosed, families residing in emergency domestic violence shelter, children placed in youth shelter due to violence in the home. Examples of materials include adapting program
brochures and informational material for low literacy needs, creating materials geared toward adolescents for use in support groups, creating specialized safety plans for specific victim populations, etc.
Provides Victim Compensation assistance that includes providing information on the Victims of Crimes Compensation Program, assisting victims in completing claim forms, obtaining necessary documentation, and follow-up contact with the victims compensation agency as needed.
Completes time sheets, employee activity records, and other assigned program and agency administrative reports, documents and tasks as requested by agency and/or supervisor with accuracy and in accordance with assigned deadlines.
Completes reports and documentation of services that are necessary for compliance with professional service standards and with contract requirements for the Victims of Crime Act contract, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Coalition Against Sexual Violence and other funding sources.
Represents theFlorida Department of Health in Putnam County and VIPP in local meetings and coalitions that support victim services and coordination of victim services (e.g. training meetings with regional AG Office victim advocate, meeting with State Attorneys Office victim advocates for planning and coordinating victim services, monthly Sexual Assault Response Team meeting).
Performs other duties as required to assure compliance with DOH policies, quality assurance and goals (e.g. preparation for VOCA site visits, complete DOH mandatory security/confidentiality/competence trainings, perform emergency duty assignments in the event of an emergency).
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Utilization of equipment, required for the position: A bachelors degree in a human services discipline from an accredited college or university. A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and employment experience providing counseling and advocacy for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence may be substituted for a college degree. Knowledge of the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence; Knowledge in the areas of crime victimization and trauma; knowledge and skills in crisis response and crisis intervention including hotline work; knowledge of the types of resources needed to assist victims in crisis; skills and ability to work effectively with victims of crime; ability to provide assistance and support to sexual violence victims following assault, including accompanying victims during forensic medical exams. Ability to carry out planned activities with individuals, and plan and deliver support groups. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with local victim service and social service providers. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form. Ability to organize and work independently. Knowledge of basic computer skills including word processing and Windows-based operating systems. Valid Drivers License.
Minimum - A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and employment experience providing counseling and advocacy for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence may be substituted for a college degree
Preferred - A bachelors degree in a human services discipline from an accredited college or university.
Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:
To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.
I nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.
A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.
R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.
E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.
Where You Will Work:
The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The States total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
+ Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
+ Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
+ State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
+ Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
(For more information, please click www.myfrs.com );
+ Flexible Spending Accounts;
+ Tuition waivers;
+ And more!
For a more complete list of benefits, including monthly costs, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com .
Please be advised:
Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.
This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.
Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.
Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. Candidates claiming Veterans Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans Preference documentation requirements are available by clickinghere (http://www.dms.myflorida.com/content/download/97612/566545) . All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.
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