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This position provides 24/7 service coordination and oversight for its consumers. The GS’s main responsibility is to continuously assess and determine whether or not guardianship is the most appropriate and least restrictive alternative necessary to ensure the consumer’s health and safety.
With the support of regional HHS attorneys, this position prepares legal documents for filing with the court, testifies in court hearings related to guardianship, and prepares documents to be used during the referral phase of the guardianship process.
Once appointed as legal guardian via a court with probate authority, this position becomes responsible for all aspects of the consumer’s life in accordance to the limits as described within the guardianship court order.
This includes making placement decisions for the consumer, handling and arranging on-going medical treatment and care, facilitating educational efforts if applicable, and making life and death decisions.
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
- Assesses the need for guardianship; explores and/or identifies least restrictive alternatives; completes assessment timely; assumes care, control and protection of the ward; contacts the ward monthly; arranges for shelter and basic health and safety needs; provides oversight of medical and psychiatric care and arranges for education, training, rehabilitation and social services; monitors facility trust funds; uses Guardianship Emergency Client Services (GECS) funds per policy; assesses continued need for guardianship. (40%)
- Effectively documents monthly status contacts with wards; develops plans of services, various correspondences and other required documentation using the agency data management system; documents all contacts with collaterals and consultations with all agency staff – i.e. GSS, ROM, RA, State Office staff. (30%)
- Maintains professional and effective working relationships with court staff, agency attorneys and all other legal staff; communicates with legal in coordination, completion, and filing of all legal documents required; regularly consults with legal to determine best course of legal action; attends court hearings and provides professional testimony. (20%)
- Manages the estate of the ward when applicable, as ordered by the court, and ensures all legal, financial and ethical laws and policies are followed. (10%)
- Knowledge of federal and state law, regulations, policies, and rules relating to guardianship in the State of Texas;
- Knowledge of Texas Health and Human Services policies and procedures;
- Knowledge of community services and resources for consumers under guardianship;
- Working knowledge of service plan development, specifically related to the aging and/or disabled population;
- Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
- Ability to communicate and work with the aging population and persons with disabilities;
- Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex information to a variety of individuals or groups;
- Ability to develop professional reports and/or presentations utilizing Word, Excel, and/or PowerPoint;
- Ability to prepare legal documents under the direction of the regional attorneys;
- Ability to testify in court on behalf of agency;
- Skilled with operating a computer and other common office equipment, such as a copier, printer, fax machine, etc.
- Ability to type and upload data into an on-line computer database on a daily
Company: State Of Texas Jobs
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Waco, TX, US
Application Deadline: N/A