This job is located in Santa Cruz but will be relocating to Watsonville the end of Dec.  Social Worker is responsible for direct social casework services to the participants of the ADHC program using person-centered care practices; provides such social service support as intakes and case management, including regular assessment and referral; participates actively in an interdisciplinary team environment; supervises social work assistants and social work interns; performs related work as required.


-Provides individual and family counseling, as appropriate; develops and leads group counseling and support activities for participants and their families.

-Monitors participants’ engagement in the program; provides guidance and support to staff and volunteers in responding to participants’ psycho-social needs; responds appropriately to observed changes in participant behavior and affect.

-Screens, conducts intakes and enrollments with new program participants; meets with family members and referring agency representatives, and completes required forms.

-Maintains current written case management records, including initial comprehensive assessments, initial home visits, person-centered care plans, periodic reassessments, and progress notes on program participants; participates in the interdisciplinary assessment team.

–Tracks referrals and oversees procedures to ensure an appropriate orientation of new participants, and their smooth transition into the program.-Ensures that participants’ rights are honored and protected; takes appropriate action when these rights are or may have been abridged.

-Refers participants and their families to appropriate community agencies and resources; acts as liaison with such organizations.

-Communicates participant and family needs to Transportation Coordinator; follows up on participant absenteeism

-Advocates for participants’ health and safety in the program and in the community.

-Helps to identify training needs of staff and volunteers; assists in planning and implementing in-service training programs.

-Supervises all functions and staff of the Social Work Department.

-Meets all the administrative, legal, and regulatory requirements of the Social Work Department, including reporting, maintaining statistical records, attending staff meetings, etc.

-Stays current on issues and practices relating to geriatric social work, dementia care, and working with adults with disabilities.

-Assists Program Director as needed.

-Maintains confidentiality and treats participants and staff with dignity and respect at all times.

-Communicates effectively and respectfully with people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural groups and from different backgrounds and lifestyles; demonstrates a knowledge and sensitivity to their needs. Understands and provides service from a person-centered perspective.



-Must pass a criminal background check and maintain a clean record;

-Must have a valid CA Driver’s License for work-related tasks as needed, have access to drive a motor vehicle incidental to the performance of the work and be insured

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