Special Medical and Developmental Preventive Services are intended for families with either a child with special medical needs, a child and/or parent with a developmental disability, or a child in need of early permanency planning due to a parent’s illness. Social Workers will strive to reduce all safety and risk issues within the family that, if left unaddressed, would warrant foster care placement. Additionally, the SW assists a terminally ill parent to identify a future permanency resourceand help him/her plan and prepare for the transfer of custody of his/her children.
Work with parents with developmental disabilities, and/or special medical needs while providing casework counseling that reinforces safety for children and reduces or eliminates risk factors.
Provide case work services that continually assess the level of family engagement in services, the extent of behavior change related to the facts and circumstances that led to the preventive referral, and the level of in-home functioning.
Develop a comprehensive service plan that addresses the service needs of all family members.
Adhere to the Children’s Services Interdisciplinary Team Meeting and Family Team Conference model and incorporate the action plan into case practice.
Educate family members on their conditions and how they are impacting the family functioning.
Refer the child/family to appropriate service providers including community based service organizations as well as city and state agencies, to successfully work with the family.
Maintain contact with the service providers on a consistent basis for case planning and collaboration.
Assess the needs of the caretaker/child for permanency planning services and refer families to legal services focusing on future care and custody of minor children.
Collaborate with parents to identify permanent resources who will be responsible for the care of minor children. These resource parents will be trained to work with the family as the planning resource. If the provider is not a foster care provider, the specialized provider, when working with a family in need of early permanency services, will establish a partnership with a licensed foster care provider to recruit a prospective permanent resource for the child.
Maintain weekly face-to-face contact with family, office and/or home visits in accordance with program contract.
Maintain case record of all case management activities and complete accountability reports on time.
Attend and participate in all staff meetings, conferences, and trainings.
Assume responsibility for other tasks as directed by supervisor and as needed to ensure ongoing service to each family.
Additional duties/responsibilities as required to meet the needs of the department/agency.