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Psychiatric Lead Social Worker (Adults)

Date Posted:  Sep 17, 2021
Requisition ID:  240182

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46218


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At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About NeuroDiagnostic Institute

NeuroDiagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center located on the campus of Community East Hospital in Indianapolis, and operated in partnership with Community Health Network, delivers advanced evaluation and treatment for patients with the most challenging and complex neuropsychiatric illnesses and moves them more efficiently into the most appropriate treatment settings within the community or state mental health system. The NDI is a key component the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s initiative to modernize and reengineer Indiana’s network of state-operated mental health facilities.




This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $35,568.00. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


About the Job:

Under the supervision of the Service Line Manager, the Psychiatric Service Specialist II (Social Worker) functions as a lead psychiatric social worker and provides clinical supervision to the Psychiatric Service Specialist III and social work interns. They also assist in development and implementation of policy and procedure, programming, oversee case management, admissions and discharges, provide in-service trainings, develop and evaluate staff competencies and coordinate legal issues. They are responsible for coordination of social services within NDI and with agencies outside NDI. Employee is an integral part of the patient’s treatment team and has the capacity to provide in depth psychosocial assessment, treatment planning, discharge planning and acts as a liaison for the patient with the gatekeeper, family and any other available resources that would assist the patient with their recovery. Receives clinical programming supervision from Social Work Director.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Serves as social worker and/or case manager as assigned;
  • Completes social services assessments with patients;
  • Maintains a caseload of patients providing pre-admission evaluations, progress notes, consultations with families, and daily patient consultations.
  • Completes release of information forms (advanced directives, human rights, and HIPAA release forms) with the patient or other patient guardian/representative;
  • Presents patient cases at treatment team meetings or patient staffing identifying problems and treatment approaches and leading meetings to the successful development of treatment plans;
  • Prepares discharge plans in collaboration with mental health centers, family or representative;
  • Assists patients in developing community living skills;
  • Promotes continuing care in communities through comprehensive discharge planning;
  • Consults with and visits various other social service agencies to assist in individual care and to develop and maintain ongoing working relationships;
  • May provide administrative support in absence of Social Services Director;

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Completion of necessary continuing education training, certifications and/or licensure requirements;
  • AVATAR software system and Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) certification required;
  • Advanced knowledge of principles and practices of social work and recovery;
  • Specialized knowledge of laws, rules, regulations and guidelines for the care, treatment and rights of those with mental illness and developmental delay;
  • Specialized knowledge of case management, assessment and continuum of care;
  • Practical knowledge of community social services agencies and the ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships with them;
  • Working knowledge of other treatment disciplines such as: rehabilitation therapy, psychology, dietetics and nursing and the ability to integrate these while discharge planning;
  • Working knowledge of causes, symptoms and limitations of various mental disabilities;
  • Ability to evaluate patient needs, document progress and record/update treatment plans;
  • Ability to resolve conflict and work as an integral part of a treatment team;
  • Current knowledge of service line policies and procedures, hospital Bridge Building and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.  (Major in Social Work); PLUS two (2) years of full-time experience in a psychiatric, group, medical, children, family or correctional setting;
  • LSW and/or LCSW


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis