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Court Behavioral Health Therapist (Jail Diversion Team) 

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 12/7/2017  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Kitsap County Jail/KMHS Main Campus  

The Behavioral Health Court Liaison will assist clients with mental health behavioral issues who are charged with non-violent criminal offenses. The Specialist is a part of Kitsap County's Therapeutic Court.


  • The objectives of the Jail Diversion Program are:
    • Develops diversion and care plans with recommendations to the District Court Judge for clients with mental health co-occurring disorders with serious behavioral health concerns.
    • Improve outcomes for mentally ill individuals who have entered diversion agreements.
    • Increase coordination and collaboration between the criminal justice and mental health systems.
  • Behavioral Health Liaison's Duties:
    • The Liaison will offer his/her services to the participating individual, and assist with diagnosis, service referrals, facilitation, housing, and explanations of court requirements. In this context, the Liaison is essentially a caseworker.
    • The Liaison will perform duties in four categories: Initial duties, client services, communication and reporting.
  • Initial Duties:.
    • Meet and establish relationships with court staff, judges, public defenders, and the Kitsap County Prosecutor.
    • Develops a care plan with recommendations to the District Court Judge with follow up on Court Treatment orders and diversion plans pertinent to case management.
    • Coordinates arrangements for outpatient appropriate for client that is appropriate skill building sessions for life skills, financial planning, relationship skills, counseling, group sessions and medication management with a warm hand off to KMHS treatment team.
  • Client Services:
    • Meet with diversion plan participants Kitsap County Jail at Poulsbo and Port Orchard Municipal Courts (and other courts if time permits), at the KMHS office, and in the community; develop client relationships.
    • Determine coping skills, strengths, placement needs, treatment needs, and assess the clients' ability to meet the diversion agreement requirements.
    • Compile and interpret psychological, chemical dependency, and medical records history on each client.
    • Arrange expert evaluations for both inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse evaluations and treatment.
    • Help clients understand their diversion agreements; develop a friendly, supportive relationship with clients and monitor their compliance with agreements; provide outreach to non-compliant clients as appropriate.
    • Provide emergency assistance resource information so clients have access to basic needs such as food, clothing, transportation, clothing, and shelter.
    • Explore potential temporary and permanent housing options, shelters, and extended family resources; coordinate with agencies, facilities, and families to successfully arrange housing or residential placement.
  • Communication with Family Members, Courts, Community:
    • With client permission, communicate with family members and caretakers about status of the client.
    • Respond, where appropriate, to information requests from judges, prosecutors, and public defenders; both general and client-specific.
    • Be prepared to help the courts understand clients' status in terms of mental health treatment, housing, medical condition, etc.
    • When appropriate, communicate with attorneys and judges regarding clients' need for services, appropriate treatment programs, PDA compliance, and the status of family and community support.
Position Requirements

Master’s degree in psychology, social services, or a related field required; Ph.D. candidate preferred. Minimum of two years’ experience working with clients with mental illness required. Prefer experience in co-occurring disorders treatment, individual and group therapy, vocational services, drug court, or substance abuse treatment. Must possess and maintain valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle report, and reliable personal transportation with business-rated insurance.

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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