Adult Protective Services Caseworker

Maine, ME USA | Community & Social Services | Full-time

Apply by: May 28, 2024

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Human Services Caseworker
Opening Date: May 14, 2024 

Closing Date: May 28, 2024

Job Class Code: 5069
Grade:  22 (P&T)  
Salary: $25.02/hour - $32.54/hour*
*Pay includes a $3.00/hour stipend. An additional $1.00/hour stipend is available with a relevant Masters degree.
Position Number:  02023-2728
Location: This position can be based in Rockland, Augusta or Lewiston—this position requires travel throughout Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties. 
This position allows for partial telework with management approval.


As an Adult Protective Caseworker, you will: 
•    Perform professional social work for incapacitated and dependent adults, including Adult Protective Services Investigations of abuse, neglect and exploitation, guardianship studies and assessing for capacity to make decisions.
•    Assess the need for public guardianship. Complete and file petitions and testify in Court as necessary.
•    Investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of incapacitated and dependent adults, Identify and arrange for support services. 

Your workload will include: 
•    Performing the APS investigations process in a timely manner, which includes interviewing clients, alleged perpetrators, and collateral contacts and requesting and reviewing records as necessary.
•    Documenting all investigation activities in the form of case notes.
•    Advocating for and coordinating provision of services. 
•    Maintaining accurate case records of activities; writing summaries, reports, letters, and memos.
•    Exercising discretion in decision making in carrying out investigation activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

In order to qualify, you must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational

institution in Social Work/Social Welfare; OR a Bachelor’s Degree in a related social

service/social welfare/social work area which includes at least 12 courses in behavioral

science, social science, or social work; AND must have or be eligible for conditional or full

licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) as determined by the Maine State Board of

Social Worker Licensure.


Necessary Special Requirement: Applicants must have or be eligible for conditional or full licensure at the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) level as issued by the Maine State Board of Social Worker Licensure. (An LSW requires an earned BA/BS in social work. An LSW-Conditional requires an earned BA/BS in a field related to social work.)


The background of well-qualified candidates will include at least 1 year of experience working with incapacitated and dependent adults. Please describe that experience in your cover letter.


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Agency information: 

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.

The Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) within DHHS is responsible for ensuring the safety, support and well-being of Maine’s older citizens, vulnerable adults and adults with disabilities.


Application Information:

 Please submit all documents or files in  PDF format.

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Benefits of working for the State of Maine:

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Fit – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,523.28-$12,380.40 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State. 
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
  • Retirement Plan – The State contributes the equivalent of 13.41% of the employee's pay towards the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS). 
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive six weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.


State employees are eligible for an extensive and highly competitive benefits package, covering many aspects of wellness. Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.


Note: Benefits may vary somewhat according to specific collective bargaining agreements and are prorated for part-time employment.


There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. 

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. 

If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.