Austin State Hospital currently has multiple positions available. Service areas available include multiple adult psychiatric services (APS) units, geriatric unit, long term/deaf unit, and children and adolescent psychiatric services (CAPS).
Positions on the state job listing website include a requisition number. Search for "Social Worker II" to see the four links available. If you are interested in multiple positions, you will need to submit an application for each position.
APS requisition #353223
CAPS requisition #356678
Geriatric unit requisition #353229
Long-term care/Deaf unit #353229.
For questions about any of the positions, please call the Director Of Social Work, Cristyn Cordova, LCSW at (512) 419-2485.
Provides clinical services including assessment in accordance with DSM-IV criteria for mental health diagnoses (reflected in Social Assessments), individual/group therapy as assigned, recovery team collaboration, and development of person centered recovery plans. Identifies individual and family mental health education needs and barriers to learning. Assessment of individuals’ readiness for discharge and coordination of the discharge process. Responsible for continuity of care functions and discharge planning by collaborating with person served, families, MHA and other community agencies. Acts as liaison, coordinator, and treatment team representative for mental health commitment process, by tracking commitment deadlines and providing clinical testimony in hearings as needed. Provides information on commitment process to families and persons served as needed. Liaison for competency hearings, guardianship processes, and Advanced Directives. Supervises interns (as applicable). May perform supervisory duties on occasion, such as providing coverage for Senior Social Workers. Will also be involved in quality assurance activities pertaining to the unit. Works under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of the initiative and independent judgment.
Essential Job Functions include:
Complete social assessments within 168 hours of admission. • Ensure social assessments are in compliance with Medicare, JCAHO, and ASH quality standards. • Complete Progress Notes according to ASH Quality standards. • Perform Continuum of Care functions in accordance with ASH, JCAHO, Medicare, and Texas Administrative Code standards. • Provides appropriate education on mental health issues to families/persons served and identifies barriers to learning. • Provides individual and/or group therapy (if applicable), according to population needs and group availability. • Facilitates commitment process. • Identifies presence of and/or person’s desire for Advanced Directives/Legally Authorized Representative. Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Minimum: Licensed by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners. Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Registered to take Texas licensing exam, temporary license or provisional license accepted (from out-of-state applicants) – must be specified on the application. Preferred: LCSW plus one year of full time paid employment as a social worker in an acute psychiatric setting.
Austin State Hospital was the first state facility of its kind built west of the Mississippi. In 1856, the governor of Texas signed a bill providing for the establishment of the Texas State Lunatic Asylum. Construction started in 1857, and the first patients were admitted in 1861. The facility was renamed the Austin State Hospital (ASH) in 1925.
Today, this original building serves as the adminis...tration building for a modern, innovative facility providing psychiatric care to a 38-county region in Central Texas. ASH admits over 4000 individuals in a fiscal year, with about the same number of discharges, and has an average daily census of 292. The focus of recovery is stabilization for people with acute psychiatric illness and support of their return to the community.
ASH provides care through three large services - Adult Psychiatric Services, Specialty Adult Services, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services. The general adult services program consists of three acute adult admission units and five forensic units. Specialty adult programs include the geriatric/medically compromised unit, IDD unit, and the deaf services and longer-term behaviorally stabilized unit. Child and adolescent programs offer services to children to the age of 12, an adolescent girls unit, and an adolescent boys unit.
Clinical specialties provide assessment, evaluation, and treatment, including psychiatry, nursing, social work, psychology, education/rehabilitation services, nutrition, peer support and spiritual care. Additional clinical support is provided through the medical and dental clinics, x-ray and laboratory services, and other consultative services. The average length of stay at the hospital is about 42 days. Services are paid for through general revenue funds from the State of Texas, private payment, private third party insurance, as well as through Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The facility is Medicare-certified, Medicaid-approved, and has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 1957.