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Jail Diversion Therapist/Case Manager 

About the Organization KMHS is Kitsap's nonprofit, designated community mental health provider for adults with acute and/or chronic serious mental illnesses, and children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. During 2016, KMHS provided services to more than 6,800 children and adults.

On WA's beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, offers easy access to both the pristine wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula and the big-city lights and culture of Seattle. We offer competitive salary, benefits & a positive work environment.

Inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services offer evidence-based treatment, using trauma informed care to help people reach their recovery goals. We offer whole person care through mental health and substance use treatment and care management, close care coordination with on-campus and community-based primary care providers, and with partner PCHS, now offer dental care to KMHS clients and the community. Many community partners assure people receive behavioral health care in the right place, in the right way, at the right time. Together we are weaving a web that connects emergency room and hospitals, substance abuse treatment, and primary care providers; creates partnerships for early intervention at home and school, supports multiple law enforcement, jail, and justice endeavors, and works to ensure housing, food, and other social supports together with social service agencies and community collaborations.

The Kitsap Mental Health Services community fosters a culture of hope and empowerment through a safe, welcoming environment, compassionate relationships, and a commitment to respecting life experiences.

KMHS is a tobacco/smoke-free and scent-free facility  
Category Social Services  
Open Date 10/4/2017  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Kitsap County Jail/KMHS Main Campus  
Description

PURPOSE:
Improve access to comprehensive mental health services to inmates upon their release from jail to enable them to maintain meaningful community membership and reduce their risk of re-offending.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Conduct a mental health assessment of every inmate flagged as qualifying for services at KMHS, as well as a comprehensive substance abuse assessment on every inmate identified as qualified for services at KMHS and as having a co-occurring disorder.
  • If inmates are eligible for services, conduct an intake to promote and provide continued treatment while in and after release from the Kitsap County Jail.
  • Ensure consistency of screening for co-occurring disorders of inmates who qualify for services at KMHS.
  • Engage inmates in accepting treatment at KMHS upon release.
  • Provide Defense Counsel and Probation Officer with information to make release decisions that specifically address the needs of the inmate; assist in establishing special conditions of release that are realistic, relevant and meet the individual needs of the individual with the mental illness.
  • Work to minimize the stigma that corrections staff may harbor regarding mental illness and substance abuse.
  • Develop transition plans to maximize clients’ stability in the community, utilizing results of mental health and substance abuse assessments.
  • Ensure proper linkages to and continuity of services upon release and provide extensive coordination with the receiving treatment team at KMHS.
  • Involve all relevant professionals who will assist in carrying out the transition plan, including clients’ family members.
  • Take steps to ensure that inmates’ release to the community progresses in a gradual sequence of planned steps, integrate housing support services and provide with an arrangement for safe housing or shelter.
  • Facilitate a process to ensure eligible inmates receive public benefits upon their release.
  • Address safety issues for clients as well as staff who will serve these clients upon their release from jail.
  • Notify victims prior to offenders’ release from jail, consistent with applicable regulations.
  • Monitor inmates closely as release nears and modify transition plan as appropriate.
  • Provide population-specific COD group interventions onsite at KMHS, for clients immediately upon their release from jail.
 
Position Requirements

Master’s degree in counseling or a related social science required.  Experience and expertise working with chronically mentally ill clients in a forensic context is preferred, as is experience in the treatment of clients with co-occurring disorders.  Registration in WA as a counselor or social worker, valid WA driver license and business-rated insurance required.

 

 
Salary DOE  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, marital status, age, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability.
 

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