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Social Work / Counselor III

at State of Colorado

Posted: 2/25/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2345412

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP)

As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.

In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and Dental Health Plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • 10 Paid Holidays per year

Description of Job

     This work unit exists to provide inpatient psychiatric evaluations and treatment for severely emotionally disturbed and/or cognitively impaired older adults who cannot be safely or adequately treated in the community.  The treatment program is designed to eliminate symptoms and behaviors of patients such as  suicidality, assaultiveness, psychosis depression and agitation which make them a danger to themselves or others, or gravely disabled, although the majority of patients are hospitalized with a forensic legal status. The purpose is to increase their mental health capacity in order to return them to their community to live safe, productive lives.   Direct treatment utilizing individual, family, group work and psycho-educational treatment is provided.
     This position exists to provide therapeutic interventions including psychosocial therapies, individual, family and group treatment to severely emotionally disturbed/cognitively impaired patients and their families.  This position does assessments and disposition planning, interagency communication with residential care facilities, social services, community mental centers, etc.,  to ensure continued appropriate level services following discharge.  Individualizes psychosocial therapy approaches to meet the specific needs of the patient population.  Provide training and consultation to other professional staff.

Job Duties: 

  • Complete a comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessment of patients being admitted for inpatient psychiatric treatment. 
  • Interview the patient assuring that assessment data is as reliable as possible, that the patient is engaged in a supportive and educative manner, that confidentiality is maximized, and that symptoms and behaviors are thoroughly evaluated and handled in a sensitive and safe manner. 
  • Contact/ engage parents/ family members, significant others, guardians, and referring agency personnel to interview and obtain relevant collateral and supporting information to enhance the understanding and dynamics of the patient's situation. 
  • Complete the Colorado Client Assessment Record (CCAR) and the bio-psychosocial component of the hospital's Integrated Initial Assessment document.  (This includes the development of a clinical formulation which identifies risk-issues, relevant factors in the patient's history and current situation, strengths and potentials, and then interprets and integrates the information to provide direction to the staff regarding treatment interventions, goals and objectives, and the identification of options and recommendations regarding the patient's plan for discharge and aftercare services.) 
  • Additionally complete re-assessments of the patient's situation and response to treatment as frequently as daily and documents patient progress in progress notes, weekly progress notes, and treatment plan reviews. 
  • Collaborate with and inform team members of relevant assessment information.
  • This position puts specific emphasis upon collaboration with and direction of treatment team staff regarding assessment information to address unique cases and cases that necessitates a reduction of risk issues related to hospital objectives including the use of seclusion and restraint, patient assault, and elopement.
  • Social Worker coordinates discharge planning, through evaluation and assessment of patient's needs as they relate to available community resources and exploring and mobilizing those resources.
  • Is the liaison between hospital and community agencies.
  • Identifies and chooses appropriate community placements and treatment programs.
  • Provides case management by making appropriate referrals to community agencies, networking and directing reciprocal relationships with community agencies, Social Security, Social Services, Court system, jails,  DOC, probation, parole, DYC, attorneys, CMHC, CCB,  nursing, boarding, and group homes, individuals and families.
  • Attend meetings with the above mentioned agencies.
  • Provide necessary and required  documentation relating to this duty.
  • Participates in the direction and formulation of treatment plans and reviews. 
  • Collaborates with multidisciplinary treatment team by recommending and designing treatment interventions, which will meet patient and family education and therapeutic needs. 
  • Provide required documentation relating to this duty.   
  • Document the plan and any issues related to the plan and revise/modify the plan according to the ongoing reassessment of the patient's progress and continuing need for treatment.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned or required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  
  • Knowledge of casework methods, techniques, and their applications to work problems
  • Knowledge of the principles of human growth and behavior, basic sociological and psychological treatment and therapy practices
  • Knowledge of interviewing skills and techniques
  • Ability to express ideas effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to use interviewing skills and techniques effectively
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions 
Work Environment:  
  • This position requires working with and managing emotionally disturbed youth and adult psychiatric patients, and patients with alcohol and substance abuse addictions.
  • This position requires working in unlocked and locked units with potentially dangerous patients.  
  • This position requires you work with assaultive behaviors and the ability to manage patients who display these types of behaviors.   All candidates must successfully complete the physical, written, and oral components of mandatory orientation.
  • This position(s) require that work in various divisions to include Institute of Forensic Psychiatry (IFP), Geriatric Adult and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (GAAPS). 

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications

In order to be qualified for this position, all applicants must possess the following:
Current and valid licensure as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


At least one (1) year of professional experience as a LCSW. Part-time experience will be prorated

None - all requirements outlined above must be met in order to qualify for this position

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Clinical experience in an inpatient setting and/or working with patients with mental illness and physical and/or sexually aggressive behavior 
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Recovery related treatment
  • Experience working with the Care and Treatment for Persons with Mental Illness rules and regulations CRS 27-65 et seq.
 Conditions of Employment:
  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges.  Additionally, you will be required take a drug screen. 
  • A Tuberculosis Test (TB) will be required upon hire.
  • This position requires some travel, taking patients to discharge destinations around the state and country
  • Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. 

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. 

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

"ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date."

Supplemental Information

Selection Process

The selection process will consist primarily of a review of applications against the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Applications will be reviewed in comparison to all others in the applicant pool in order to identify a top group of candidates who may be invited for a final interview. Depending on the size of the applicant pool, additional selection processes may be utilized to identify a top group of candidates. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.

Please be aware the application review is a passive exam and based solely upon the information provided in your application packet, especially the Work Experience and Supplemental Questions sections of your application. To be most successful in this process, it is imperative that you provide sufficient detail in these sections. 

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process. Current staff who have previously applied for the position under different announcements must reapply.  

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.