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Canvas Health’s Emergency Social Services program provides culturally responsive services to children and families from 4:30 p.m. until 8 a.m. weeknights and 24 hours per day weekends and holidays.
Canvas Health currently provides Emergency Social Services to Anoka County and Scott County.
Crisis workers are contacted by law enforcement, shelters, hospitals, and other first responders when a child is potentially in danger. Staff help by developing safety plans, attending to family strengths and needs, and working to keep the children safely with their families. Crisis workers attend to child’s immediate safety and risks of maltreatment, placing the children in out of home care if that is the only safe option.
Children come to the attention of crisis workers when there is a circumstance in the home that that exposes the child to the possibility of imminent harm due to physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect. Staff work to keep the children safe and calm, transitioning them to a safe place.
If necessary, children living in contracted counties are transitioned to the care of County Child Protective Services.
In addition, staff provide information and referrals to social services available in the community to the general public.
Emergency Social Services Manager
Crisis Response Worker-ESS
Being empathetic in care for others. Being able to stand in other people’s shoes is important when you need to help them.
Many years working with children and families in crisis. Experience working in child protection services within private and public sectors.
On-Call Social Worker
To work with families and children with dignity, compassion, and respect while connecting with the services and supports to help them realize their full potential to be safe, healthier family. My role is to help inspire positive change during one of the most difficult times of their lives.
I worked 9 years in residential mental health for adolescents in a secure setting, in collaboration with chemical health services for adolescents and the 30 day Diagnostic Program. I have been a child protection social worker for the past 6.5 years. I have experience in supervising visits and teaching parenting skills and parent education for 4.5 years. I have a 1.5 years working for a domestic violence program.
Emergency Social Services Lead
I was a deputy sheriff and am now a county social worker.
Lead, ESS Child Protection Services
I have more than 11 years of child protection experience. As a lead worker, I provide consultation to other staff regarding assessment of safety for children and provide support in ESS’ response to ensure safety after-hours.
In addition, I have experience providing child protection case management services to families as well as past experience with adoption case management and recruitment. I am also certified to facilitate Family Group Decision Making meetings.
After Hours Child Protection
Five years as a tribal social worker. Child protection investigator, case manager, child protection after hours, children mental health crisis, early intervention supervisor, lead worker for after hours, student attorney.
Crisis Response Worker
My work philosophy is that I always want to improve at my job. I enjoy learning new things, gaining new skills and becoming proficient in tasks or studies that I already understand. I’ve realized that I work best in a group setting because I can learn tips from my coworkers. I put a strong emphasis on collaborating with many people from different work backgrounds.
I worked for Scott County Child Protection doing Assessments and Case Management for 4 years. Currently, I am an Administrative Specialist for Health and Human Services.
ESS Social Worker
Child protection investigator and on call worker.
Crisis Response Worker
I have worked 33 years for Ramsey County Human Services and more than 5 at Canvas Health.