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Adult Abuse Investigator

General Statement of Duties
Provides Adult Abuse Investigation Services for the Developmental Disabilities (DD) programs as outlined by Oregon Administrative Rules in a three county region.  Position could include Mental Health Investigations for Union and Wallowa Counties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Must maintain punctual and regular work attendance. 

Gather and assess pertinent information about reports and makes appropriate decisions regarding priority for investigation.
Investigate reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults with developmental disabilities and/or adults enrolled in Community Mental Health Program.

Must communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and have the ability to work independently and complete all responsibilities in a thorough and timely fashion

Plan with victims and others for immediate safety needs and takes emergency action if necessary.

Develop effective relationships and coordinate investigations with law enforcement and the legal system, as appropriate.

Perform a variety of evidence gathering techniques including:  photography; review of medical/financial records; and conduct interviews by phone and in person.

Upon completion of the investigation, prepare written findings, including any required actions to respond to abuse or prevent further abuse of the adult.

Must be computer literate and have the ability to type and utilize word processing and other software programs/systems including programs/systems mandated by the State. 

Responsible for maintenance and timeliness of all records, and other required documentation.

Attends local, regional, and/or state meetings as needed.

Work effectively as a team member and participates in all team meetings as needed.

Adheres to all Developmental Disabilities program policies and procedures.

Remains updated on all rules and OAR’s pertaining to DD services and Community Mental Health Program.

Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s license and be insurable for client service purposes, travel between business offices, and to attend required meeting and/or trainings. 

Must pass all criminal history check requirements as required by ORS 181.536-181.537 and in accordance with OAR 407-007-0200-407-007-0370.

Requires the handling of highly confidential information.  Must adhere to rules and laws pertaining to client confidentiality.

Education And/Or Experience
A Bachelor’s Degree in human services, social, behavioral, or criminal science and two (2) years experience in human services, law enforcement, or investigative experience; or an Associate’s Degree in the human, social, behavioral, or criminal science and four (4) years human services, law enforcement or investigative experience.

Other Skills and Abilities
Maintain familiarity with OAR’s pertaining to the DD system and Community Mental Health Program. 

Requires knowledge of the public service system for Developmental Disability Services in Oregon. 

Must have knowledge in the principles and practices of investigation. 

Must have knowledge of principles and procedures of technical, investigative record keeping and reporting.

Must have the ability to effectively conduct in-depth interviews with a variety of individuals in the field and in-person. 

Must have the ability to maintain positive and professional working relationships with co-workers, clients, and other agencies. 

Must have the ability to collaborate effectively with various individuals, groups, and systems within the agency and community.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use office automation including computer and phone system that requires fine manipulation, grasping, typing and reaching. 
The employee is also regularly required to sit, talk, listen, use hands and fingers.  The employee is also required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms; stoop; kneel and /or squat. 

Work Environment
The majority of tasks will be away from the office site.  There will be travel required throughout Wallowa, Baker, and Union Counties.  Occasional out of area travel and overnight stays will be required for attendance at meetings and/or trainings.  Within a typical day’s routine, services will be provided at the home site of the client, service provider, and the office.

November 30, 2021

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