Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

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Social Worker

Legal Advocacy for Adults with Mental Illness (LAAMI) Program | St. Louis, MO | Full Time

Job Description

Full-time Social Worker

Legal Advocacy for Adults with Mental Illness (LAAMI) Program




Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc. (LSEM), a non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance to people living with low-income/low-opportunity, seeks a full-time MSW-level Social Worker to assist clients living with chronic mental illness. 


The Social Worker will work with clients of LSEM’s Legal Advocacy for Adults with Mental Illness (LAAMI) Program as well as clients who are living with mental illness and receiving services through other LSEM programs.  At least fifty percent of the Social Worker’s time will be spent working with LAAMI which provides civil legal representation and social work support services to adult residents of St. Louis City with mental illness.  LAAMI’s holistic model addresses legal and psychosocial concerns that create barriers to stability and overall well-being including loss of housing, access to public benefits, consumer issues, disability discrimination, family law matters, and helping clients plan for the future.    The Social Worker’s remaining time will be spent providing information and referral, crisis intervention, case management, and related services to clients living with mental illness that are served by other programs at LSEM.  


Primary Responsibilities:


  • Provide information and referral, crisis intervention, case management, and related services to clients living with chronic mental illness
  • Conduct social assessments, including risk assessments, on new clients entering social worker’s case load
  • Develop client-driven case plans that align with legal services
  • Motivate and empower clients to meet their desired case plan goals
  • Assist clients with accessing public benefits such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, and SSI/SSDI
  • Advocate for clients within the social service delivery system; help clients to understand and exercise their rights within this system
  • Conduct intake and outreach with prospective clients at partner agency sites in the community as needed
  • Maintain case files and client records in accordance with agency and funder requirements
  • Supervise social work practicum students
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned or needed

 Experience / Skills needed:

  •  Master of Social Work degree required
  • Experience working with adults living with chronic mental illness preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others – internally and externally – especially across disciplines
  • Must be energetic, committed to LSEM’s mission, and sensitive to the needs of the low-income/low opportunity community
  • Must take initiative, have sound judgment, and effectively organize time and tasks
  • Strong understanding of Microsoft Office Suite and ability to quickly learn new IT systems, including case management software 

Salary & Benefits Information:

Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits including paid time off, paid holidays, 403(b) plan, 401(a) profit sharing plan, employee assistance plan, flexible spending plan, and paid training.


Application Information:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Lynette Lingard, Interim Director of Human Resources.

Submission Deadline:  Position will remain open until filled


Equal access to LSEM’s office is available. Those applicants requiring accommodation to the interview/application process should contact the Human Resources Director at the e-mail address listed above.  LSEM is an equal opportunity employer.