Washington State DSHS Social Service Specialist 2 in Arlington, Washington


The Department of Social and Health Services, Economic Services Administration (ESA), Community Services Division (CSD) is recruiting for one permanent Social Services Specialist 2 position within the Smokey Point CSO located in Arlington.


Conduct a social services professional level assessment to determine client's level of functioning. The initial primary Social Services Specialist duties for the position at Smokey Point, Community Service Office is working with but not limited to the WorkFirst and Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD) population.

Reviews and interprets medical information to determine clients' diagnosis, prognosis, and duration of condition; relates this to the clients' physical and mental ability to perform work similar to that which they have performed in the past; Refers and monitors progress of those referrals to other agencies such as: the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Social Security Administration, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Develops a casework plan with the client and authorizes services.

Duties include, but are not limited to: Screens and refers clients for medical, psychiatric and other tests; reviews and interprets test results to determine eligibility and need for further treatment;

Authorizes additional referrals to medical specialists when indicated by medical evidence; reviews invoices to ensure charges for specific procedures are in accordance with State maximums;

Interviews clients to assess vocational and social history; uses this information as a factor in determining present ability to perform gainful employment;

Conduct social services professional level assessments to determine client's level of functioning including evaluating the education, social history, living situation, and employment history as well as a comprehensive assessment of the client's physical and mental status.

Makes payment for assessments through SSPS.

Determine type of medical/psychological/chemical dependency evaluation(s) required based upon this assessment, locates suitable medical provider(s) and/or chemical dependency resource and sets up evaluations.

Interpret medical reports in order to determine medical eligibility and to develop a case plan. Develop and individualized case plan to provide specific action steps as a result of the assessment findings.

Provide case management services on an on-going basis where appropriate to include periodic reassessment and changes in the case plan.

Assist with assigned Time Limit Extension.

The case plan may include but, is not limited to: 1. Treatment plan, which may include medical and/or mental health treatment and monitoring of participation. 2. SSI facilitation. 3. Establishing linkages to housing, community and medical resources. 4. Protective Payee services. 5. ADATSA, or other treatment for chemical dependency.

Documents Social Services Specialist or social worker and client activity in ICMS, EJAS, DCS Good Cause and Barcode.

Completes appropriate forms and reports.

Attends conferences, meetings and training opportunities as scheduled.

Participates in case staffings and completes home visits as needed.

Cultivates working relationships with Social Security Administration, Division of Disability Determination, WorkFirst Partners and other community providers.

Communicates with clients community partners and colleagues - both written and orally - in a professional manner.

Use effective interview techniques.

Provide crisis intervention services to clients or customers who have immediate needs.

Identify and assess interests, skills, abilities, obstacles, strengths, and need for services.

Acknowledge unique client situations in a nonjudgmental way.

Establish rapport with the client.

Develop a safe environment to discuss sensitive and personal issues.

Establish clear expectations, mutual roles and responsibilities.

Identify and assess interest, skills, abilities, obstacles, strengths, needs for services and personal resources.

Explain eligibility guidelines, program requirements, services, and support services.

Explain Legal issues, including documentation, confidentiality and liability.

Assess the client's understanding of the program.

Conduct comprehensive, culturally competent assessments.

Use appropriate counseling, motivational and de-escalation techniques.

Be aware of and sensitive to cultural differences when engaging clients.

Identify resources offered through other agencies.

Collaborate with other agencies when initiating referrals.

Assist the client to develop realistic goals and refer for individualized services as appropriate.

Develop, review, and re-evaluate the individual service plan.

Appropriately prioritize multiple demands in dealing with serious client issues.

Other duties as assigned.



Eighteen months as a Social Service Specialist 1


A Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and one year as a Social Service Specialist 1 or equivalent paid social service experience.


A Bachelor's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, and two years of paid social service experience performing functions equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 1.

Note: A two year Master's degree in one of the above fields that included a practicum will be substituted for one year of paid social service experience.

Ability to: Ability to build effective working relationships with co-worker, partner agencies, contract providers, and the public, characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect. Ability to defuse a hostile situation. Ability to follow supervisory directives. Ability to multitask in an environment of change. Regular and predictable attendance. Ability to communicate clearly in wording and orally to a diverse range of audiences, individuals, and stakeholders. Interview clients with Limited English Proficiency working with interpreters and translators as necessary or requested. Ability to conduct assessments remotely, including the home (or other location) of the client. Ability to be empathetic and engage with the "hard to serve". Ability to use multiple computer applications simultaneously. Technical skills in the use of automated equipment and software applications for the majority of the work, such as computers and Microsoft Office Suite software products, agency-specific systems such as ICMS, EJAS, DCS, Good Cause, ACES ONLINE, BARCODE, telephones, fax & copy machines, etc. Use crisis, stress & time management strategies for self and clients. Monitor client program activities. Maintain electronic files.

Questions? Please contact Teresa Alseth at 425-339-1754 or email Teresa Alseth.

Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10153 DR35

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 10/23/2016 11:00 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $3,453.00 - $4,532.00 Monthly

Location: Snohomish County – Arlington, WA