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Date:  Mar 21, 2023


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Requisition No: 791289 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: HUMAN SERVICES COUNSELOR III - 60004808

Position Number: 60004808 

Salary:  $35,000.16-$44,000.06 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 04/03/2023 

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state of Florida’s social services agency. The agency oversees services for child safety, fostering, adoption, domestic violence, adult protective services, refugees, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, childcare providers, human trafficking and public assistance. The agency’s mission is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.

Within DCF, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program office is recognized as the single state authority for substance abuse and mental health services. The Office of SAMH is statutorily responsible for the planning, evaluation, and implementation of a comprehensive statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance use disorders.

Florida State Hospital (FSH) is a mental health treatment facility owned and operated by the State of Florida and is part of the Department of Children and Families. The department’s mission is to “work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.”





This is a highly responsible and professional position that will serve as Human Services Counselor III within the Clinical Services Unit. This position will collaborate with each section within the state facilities and be required to use independent judgement, take initiative in carrying out duties and responsibilities and should be extraordinarily detail oriented. 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • This is a professional position responsible for providing social services, counseling guidance, and discharge planning (i.e., identifying alternative living environments, securing financial benefits, identifying barriers to discharge, making referrals to less restrictive environments and community resources, etc.) with individuals with acute or chronic mental disabilities, who are emotionally disturbed, indigent, or assigned a legal status of civil and forensic step-down. 
  • Maintains monthly contact with case management and interacts with Community Case Managers and Forensic Specialists during case management visits to maintain effective working relationships, and to develop Discharge Plans and Conditional Release Plans.     
  • Completes all necessary social services progress notes and assessments to include Comprehensive Psychosocial summaries, Baker Act Summaries, Advance Directive documents, and other documents associated with discharge planning in a timely manner, ensuring that Quality Assurance requirements are met, and Continuity of Care plans for residents being discharged are arranged. 
  • Represents the unit and social services department at legal hearings (as applicable). 
  • Maintains assessments in compliance with Department of Children and Families, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities, Quality Improvement and Planning, and Florida State Hospital Operating Procedures and Manuals. (This measure is met while maintaining a level of sensitivity towards cultural diversity issues and maintains effective, professional therapeutic relationships with individuals with acute and/or chronic mental deficiencies).  
  • Participates in assessment, planning and treatment regarding psychosocial stressors which affect mental illness and mental health. 
  • Provides counseling and therapeutic sessions in accordance with individuals recovery plan objectives and needs. 
  • Consistently attends and represents clinical needs of individuals during Recovery Team meetings, and while interacting with external statewide systems on behalf of the individual.  (This will often times include counseling and guidance services to residents and families experiencing adjustment problems.)   
  • Provides ongoing information for residents and their representatives regarding resident's rights (i.e., right to dignity, right to vote in public elections, the right to confidentiality, the right to participate in recovery team and discharge planning); quality treatment and rehabilitation by means of telephone, written correspondence, direct information exchange; and to review possible discharge environments.  
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for the position:

  • Knowledge of theories and practices in counseling or social work.
  • Knowledge of professional ethics relating to counseling or social work.
  • Knowledge of interviewing techniques.
  • Ability to provide counseling or social work services to others.
  • Ability to coordinate a team approach to the rehabilitation process.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to actively listen to others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's of Social Work or related degree from an accredited college or university and two years of professional experience in developmental disabilities, special education, mental health, counseling, guidance, social work, health or rehabilitative programs.

Salary commensurate with experience.


Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance; $25,000 policy is free plus option to purchase additional life insurance
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Tuition waiver for public college courses

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US CITIZEN REQUIREMENT Only US citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM REGISTRATION All selected male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized position unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS).  Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:

RETIREE NOTICE If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be suspended or voided, and you required to repay all benefits received depending upon the date of your retirement.

BACKGROUND SCREENING It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and, if applicable, also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S.  No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency.  Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee