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Social Worker-Healthy Beginnings Plus/STEPS


First Shift, some evenings depending on patient need. Fulltime 1.0, Mon-Fri, no Holidays or weekends
Drug and Alcohol experience strongly suggested for this 1.0 position. This social worker will work specifically with pregnant and postpartum women with a substance use disorder.

Job Description

Position Summary: 

Assess the psychosocial needs of patients and families and provide information, support, counseling, trauma informed case management, and referrals to appropriate resources.  Independently provide services to patients in their place of residence in high risk medical and/or social situations.  Functions as part of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and other professionals. Maintains continuity of patient care in all aspects of the Healthy Beginnings Plus (HBP) program to promote and facilitate healthy prenatal care and birth outcomes.  Participates in developing and implementing programs and initiatives.

Job Description: First Shift, some evenings depending on patient need. Fulltime 1.0, Mon-Fri, no Holidays or weekends
Drug and Alcohol experience strongly suggested for this 1.0 position. This social worker will work specifically with pregnant and postpartum women with a substance use disorder.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Completes in-home comprehensive psychosocial assessment of patients and reports findings to the HBP care coordinator, physicians, and other healthcare providers as appropriate.
  • Screen and refer as appropriate for substance use, domestic violence, depression and other psychological needs.
  • Provide crisis counseling services related to Domestic Violence and substance use assessment, suicide prevention, mental health assessment of needs for services and referrals.
  • Makes home visits to fully understand the environment, social and/or physical, that produces stress for the patient during pregnancy and assess the need for additional social work services.
  • Maintains open communication with members of the health care team.
  • Provides age-appropriate education in collaboration with other members of the health care team as relevant to the psychosocial needs of the patient.
  • Assists patient/family to access resources related to insurance/financial need for their medical care. 
  • Delivers needed items from community resources to the client’s home, including but not exclusively, car seats, pack in plays, food, infant care items.
  • Assists patient/family to understand and carry out medical recommendations and solve problems that interfere with a treatment care plan.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with a wide variety of community agencies and facilitates communication between these agencies and patients, families and clinical personnel. 
  • Utilizes appropriate community resources.
  • Acts as a patient advocate. Investigates and reports adverse occurrences, and performs staff education related to resource utilization and psychosocial aspects of healthcare delivery.
  • Documents the delivery of social work services to comply with regulatory requirements, agency policy, procedures and standards of practice. 
  • Works closely with their assigned medical practices on improving and maintaining quality patient care.
  • Works as part of an multidisciplinary team to identify, assess and develop a plan of care for high-risk patients delivering at Women and Babies Hospital.
  • Displays time management and organizational skills.
  • Attend and participate in staff, committee, department, and other administrative meetings.



  • Master’s degree (MSW) from a school of social work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education
  • Two (2) years of social work experience
  • Use of personal vehicle, valid PA driver’s license and auto insurance


  • Two (2) years of hospital social work
  • Home visitation experience
  • Mental Health and Substance Use treatment experience
  • Knowledge of community mental health, drug and alcohol treatment resources

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Benefits At A Glance:

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH offers the following benefits to employees:

  • 100% Tuition Assistance at The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Shift, Weekend and On-Call Differentials
  • Health, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement Savings Account with Company Matching
  • Child Care Subsidies
  • Onsite Gym and Fitness Classes


PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


Search Firm Representatives please read carefully: PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this employment opportunity. Regardless of past practice, all resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH via-email, the Internet or directly to hiring managers at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in any form without a valid written search agreement in place for that position will be deemed the sole property of PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH, and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH as a result of the referral or through other means.

LGH Full Time Posted on 11/11/2022