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Social Services Director

Date Posted:  Oct 29, 2020
Requisition ID:  145262

Madison, IN, US, 47250

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About Madison State Hospital:

Madison State Hospital has served the citizens of Indiana for over a century. In 2005, the Joint Commission accredited hospital moved into its state-of-the-art treatment facility created from an extraordinary blend of historic restoration, renovation and new construction. It was certified as one of the first Leadership in Environmental Energy Design (LEED) psychiatric facilities in the nation. The innovative hospital structure parallels the overall mission to establish exemplary standards of psychiatric care.


Salary Information:

Starting annual salary $47,476.00.

About the Job:

The Mental Health Administrator works at a state mental health institution and serves as the director within a large 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week interdisciplinary treatment environment with administrative and managerial duties with primary oversite of Social Services/Co-Occurring Disorders Program & Admissions.  Coordinates and monitors the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the several clinical areas.  Supervises lower level mental health administrators, clinical staff, and is responsible for all professionals, para-professionals, technicians and support staff interfacing with clinical services.  Works highly independently in managing Social Services and receives general work guidelines or objectives from institution’s administrative staff.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Plans, organizes, monitors, and reviews the activities of lower level mental health administrators and responsible for work of all subordinates assigned to module;
  • Distributes and interprets policy memoranda to subordinate supervisors and ensures compliance with policies on day-to-day basis;
  • Establishes and enforces standards for an effective, efficient operation of treatment service area;
  • Assesses staffing needs and physical facilities to effectively meet patients’/residents’ needs and to comply with regulatory standards;
  • Prepares annual budget recommendation for module including program justification; receives input from subordinate supervisors;
  • Allocates space among treatment teams and coordinates use of facilities;
  • Sets long and short-term goals for treatment teams, establishes time frames to meet these goals and determines priorities in implementing programs;
  • Consults with and coordinates overall services among other module directors and department heads throughout institution;
  • Makes periodic inspections of module to identify and correct physical deficiencies and/or problems in treatment in compliance with institution’s guidelines and various certifying agency’s standards;
  • Coordinates support services such as housekeeping, laundry, dietary and maintenance to ensure smoothness and effectiveness of operations;
  • Ensures compliance with all health, safety and sanitary regulations and legal rights of patients/residents’ through continuous monitoring, ensures effectiveness and success of treatment methods;
  • Counsels, disciplines, interviews, and evaluates performance of lower level mental health administrators;
  • Makes recommendations to institution’s administrative staff regarding institution-wide policies and programs, and services on management committees to evaluate changing needs or institution.

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 We're Looking For:

Advanced clinical expertise in evidence-based practice (EBP) and chemial addiction including Indiana Licensure as Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and/orChemical Addiction Counselor (LCAC).

What You'll Need for Success:
  • Broad knowledge of the causes, nature and treatment of all areas of mental illness and/or mental retardation, therapeutic techniques, conceptual framework, and techniques and principles of behavioral sciences employed in therapeutic patient services;
  • Extensive knowledge of biochemical and/or behavioral research and current developments in the field of mental illness and mental retardation;
  • Extensive knowledge of administrative, supervisory and management principles and practices;
  • Extensive knowledge of interdisciplinary concept of organization, Division of Mental Health rules, regulations, and policies; and establishment of patient/resident treatment programs;
  • Extensive knowledge of community service agencies and the ability to coordinate and maintain effective working relationships;
  • Extensive knowledge of all therapeutic services within institution and ability to evaluate overall effects of changes in procedures;
  • Extensive knowledge of all health, safety and sanitary regulations, treatment standards and legal rights of patients;
  • Ability to analyze new developments and research results in order to incorporate them into treatment programs or to modify treatment in unusual cases;
  • Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate patient/resident therapeutic programs for diverse treatment units within module;
  • Ability to interpret and enforce applicable rules and regulations to employees and patients/residents;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other module and department directors, subordinate employees, patients, and community agencies;
  • Ability to initiate and modify comprehensive therapy programs for mentally ill and mentally retarded.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.


What You Will Get in Return:

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

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted 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


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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