State of Massachusetts Substance Abuse/Plans of Safe Care Coordinator - Central Office in 600 Washington Street, Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families seeks dedicated child welfare professionals who are committed to upholding the Department’s fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. The Department’s vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning.

_GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES_:



The Substance Abuse Central Office Coordinator is responsible for assisting DCF efforts to address substance misuse within the child welfare system. Their primary role is to act as a consultant to DCF staff to build capacity and expertise in assessing risk related to substance misuse and to create linkages to the substance use service provider community. These linkages can improve collaboration and service delivery for families and increase cooperation on development and integration of Plans of Safe Care. This role will also include having a statewide view to the Substance Abuse unit in drafting and implementing Plans of Safe Care within the child welfare framework and working with Substance Use Disorder service providers on the implementation of Plans of Safe Care with the populations they serve. The daily roles and function of this position will be based at DCF Central Office but will require travel to other regions as needed. The Substance Abuse Unit Director will provide supervision for this position. The Coordinator will also function as part of the DCF Statewide Substance Abuse Unit and will receive clinical and technical support as part of the Unit. There is a common vision and mission for all of the Substance Abuse Regional Coordinators.

_SPECIFIC JOB DUTIES_:* *



  • Provide training, resources, support to increase the capacity and expertise of field staff in assessing risk related to substance misuse as needed to support Regional Coordinators and/or statewide effort.

  • Provide case consultation related to parental and youth substance misuse and integration of an existing Plan of Safe Care into the DCF Action Plan.

  • Support the agency in implementing CAPTA legislation related to Plans of Safe Care by developing partnerships with community-based providers who provide services to pregnant and postpartum women.

  • Provide case consultation to Area Offices as needed with a specific focus on care for substance exposed newborns. Participate in ongoing substance use intervention projects and grants within assigned Region.

  • Participate as needed in Regional\Area clinical team meetings on cases related to parental or youth substance misuse as needed. Participate as part of the Statewide Substance Abuse Unit to assist in shaping policy and providing best practice guidelines to the field.

  • Participate in statewide trainings and interagency efforts as needed. Also participating in the creation and delivery of training sessions to relevant staff and other stakeholders on Plans of Safe Care. This can include internal DCF staff as well as community partners relevant to the creation of and implementation of Plans of safe Care.

  • Work with community-based substance use treatment providers to establish working relationships between the provider and the local DCF Area Office. This includes improving communication with the provider, developing protocols to improve access to services for DCF clients and to streamline service provision.

  • Provide cross training as necessary to substance use treatment providers.

  • Participate in Regional\Area inter agency or community-based substance use or child welfare meetings.

_PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS_:

  • Extensive knowledge in Substance Use Disorders and the substance abuse treatment continuum in Massachusetts.

  • Experience with the child welfare system.

  • Experience with community development and cross-systems collaboration.

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in human services, social work, or a related field.

  • Licensed professionals are encouraged to apply, particularly Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

*Please ensure that you attach a resume with your application submission to this requisition. *

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A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and click on "Information for Job Applicants."

As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

  • Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact the CYF Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: Four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in social work, social casework, health care administration, public health, program administration, hospital administration, or program management.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • A Bachelor's degree in social work, health care administration, hospital administration, public health, health services administration, or vocational rehabilitation may be substituted for two years of the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.

  • A Master's or higher degree in social work, health care administration, hospital administration, public health, health services administration, or vocational rehabilitation may be substituted for an additional year of the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.

  • One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

LICENSES: Based on assignment, travel may be required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Community and Social Services

Organization: *Department of Children & Families

Title: Substance Abuse/Plans of Safe Care Coordinator - Central Office

Location: Massachusetts-600 Washington Street

Requisition ID: 180008G6