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Recruitment #19-001992-0002




MDH/Spring Grove Hospital Center Campus, Central Intake Unit, Catonsville, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Health's Behavioral Health Administration is seeking Social Workers who will provide direct social work services, particularly around admission and evaluation, to patients/clients who are referred to the Intake Unit, a 24-bed forensic inpatient facility that conducts evaluations and treatments for court-ordered individuals diagnosed with a psychiatric illness. The Intake Unit is a High Acute Psychiatric Unit, located on the grounds of Spring Grove Hospital Center, in Catonsville, Maryland.

This position will provide direct social work services to clients in the Intake Unit for evaluation as to appropriate placement and/or discharge, as well as evaluate case situations and present information pertinent to a client's diagnosis and treatment, including his/her social background and family, to other members of the health care team. This position will also interview clients and family members, in order to determine the nature and degree of problems, and arrange, as necessary, medical or psychiatric examinations which will help identify problems pertinent to diagnosis and treatment.

In addition, this position will determine if a crisis situation exists. If it does, he/she will immediately initiate appropriate intervention techniques and interpret psychiatric, as well as other health care treatments, to clients or families, while also helping with personal and environmental difficulties which interfere with obtaining maximum benefit from that care.

Finally, this position will work with other members of a multi-disciplinary health care team, in order to increase their understanding of any social and emotional factors underlying a client's health problems.

This position will also perform other related duties. 


Education: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners, under the licensing requirements for Social Workers.

Experience: Two years of experience rendering clinical social work services in a health care or treatment setting, subsequent to the receipt of an approved Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology and Welfare field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience.


The desired candidate should have experience working with psychiatric patients.


1. Candidates must be licensed as a Certified Social Worker or Certified Social Worker, Clinical, by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners prior to appointment to a position in State service. Applicants who do not have a license may also apply, pending receipt of the required license. When the license is obtained, submit a copy to the Maryland Department of Health Testing Unit.

2. Candidates appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess an appropriate operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience, as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting eligible list may be used for other positions at this and other agencies.

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment.  No postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division, at 410-767-1251. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service, at 1-800-735-2258.



The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.