PUBLIC HEALTH SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT
The work involves responsibility for assessment and management of the needs of families whose children have special educational and/or health care needs. An employee in this class performs assignments designed to assist families in understanding and meeting the needs of their child. The employee exercises independent judgement in making referrals for services and exploring resources for the families. Employees in this class do not typically exercise supervision. General supervision and review of work is received from program supervisors. Certain assignments made to employees in this class will require reasonable access to transportation to meet field work requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner. Does related work as required.
Provides education, support, social casework and coordination of services to families.
Interview clients to determine and assess personal and social issues as they relate to their child’s development and disability.
Assists clients in managing their personal and social problems through the use of coordination and referrals to community resources including public and private agencies.
Records progress notes relating to services rendered to clients and prepares paperwork as required by New York State regulation.
Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.
Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities.
Good knowledge of the principles and techniques of social casework.
Good knowledge of interviewing techniques.
Working knowledge of the problems of educationally or physically handicapped children and available treatment and support programs.
Working knowledge of the social, medical, public health, educational and human service agencies and resources available in the community.
Ability to understand and interpret written material and to prepare reports.
Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a health* or human services** field; or,
B. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate's degree in a health* or human services** field, and one (1) year of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in service coordination; or,
C. Two (2) years of full-time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in service coordination; or,
D. One (1) year of full-time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in service coordination and one (1) year of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in a service setting with both infants and toddlers with developmental delays and/or disabilities.
*NOTE: Examples of a health-related field include public health, health promotion, nursing and epidemiology.
**NOTE: Human Services comprise those career fields in which practitioners help others to solve their physical or emotional problems or to meet their physical, emotional or mental needs, or to enhance their cultural, social, spiritual or physical conditions. Practitioners in this class are typically characterized by working with people on an individual or group basis. Responsibility for the custody or detention of individuals or for determining program eligibility is not considered qualifying experience.
Minimum qualifications derived from 10 New York Code, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) 69-4.5