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Community Corrections & Court Liaison 

Description

Wyandot BHN is seeking a dedicated Community Corrections & Court Liaison to provide goal directed consultation and care coordination services to Community Corrections involved adult consumers with a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder who have been found guilty of a felony crime, and placed on probation through the court in lieu of prison. Services will be provided through brokerage and generalist practices at Community Corrections, Specialized problem-solving District Courts and community settings as required. All consumers on this caseload will also have an assigned probation officer and case manager. In order to assist the consumer in maximizing their success, services will be provided with high frequency, based on acuity and need. In addition, this position will serve as liaison to the Adult Drug Court and the Behavioral Health Court, providing necessary treatment information to the court to assist in successful participation in the Specialty Court Programs.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide consultation services to adult consumers with a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder who have been placed on probation through the court in lieu of prison. These individuals are identified primarily through Community Corrections.
  • Acts as a boundary spanner for criminal justice systems, mental health systems, and additional community based service organizations.
  • Actively participate in the research, development and implementation of emerging multi-system models and practices.
  • Research and internalize empirically based Best Practices for specialized dockets.
  • Research and write grants to support the problem solving courts as appropriate.
  • Create presentations and training curriculum under direction of specialized courts; and educate the public and core constituencies to promote problem-solving courts as appropriate.
  • Direct services may include, but are not limited to: crisis intervention, mobile outreach, travel with clients to appointments and court-hearings, assist with applications for benefits like Medicaid and disability, housing, employment, job development skills and system navigation skills utilizing the services of other specialists in the Wyandot system.
  • Establish a trusting relationship with consumers, maintaining hope, dignity, accountability and respect.
  • Use motivational interviewing techniques to actively engage the consumer in ongoing services.
  • Identify strengths and needs of consumers and work to involve them in recovery oriented planning for desired services.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings to address barriers and maximize supports. This includes communicating with community corrections staff, court, housing provider/liaison, substance abuse treatment provider, and other relevant partners about the consumer’s progress, needs, treatment, etc.
  • Work closely to involve families of consumers to provide education and support.
  • Link the consumer to other resources (peer support, supported employment, outpatient services, psychiatric medical services) and with community resources (educational, cultural, recreational and social activities) as directed by the individualized needs of consumers, Corrections and the courts.
  • Work closely with DCF, SSA, and other agencies as appropriate to help consumers secure financial support.
  • Assist consumers in maintaining housing and promote stability through on-going support.
  • Familiarity with Crisis Intervention Team and de-escalation strategies.
  • Assists with the development of treatment plans to help reduce/prevent hospitalizations with a goal of not entering the prison system.
  • Monitor program data and develop monthly reports.
  • Complete timely and accurate documentation of services in electronic medical record.
  • Coordinate with various Center staff to ensure optimum consumer care.
  • Models and inspires flexibility and creativity in the delivery of consultation services.
  • Prepare letters to the court and testify in court as needed.
  • Provide relevant treatment planning data to include such things as medical diagnosis, medical history, prescribed medicines and whether appointments are being made to community corrections and the court for clients participating in the Adult Drug Court and the Behavioral Health Court
  • Assure staff and program compliance with Medicaid, State licensing regulations, and other contractual standards.
 
Position Requirements
  • Must have a Bachelor degree from an accredited University, with preferred experience in the human service and/or criminal justice fields.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including both oral and written.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with both Center staff and various community agencies.
  • Ability to facilitate planning meetings with individuals from multiple systems.
  • Proficient in use of technology, including Microsoft Office.
  • Provide and maintain dependable transportation and auto insurance.
  • Ability to build and maintain close working relationships with clients and community partners.
  • Must be comfortable working in an urban environment with individuals who have been convicted of felony crimes;
 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm  
Division Wyandot Center  
About the Organization Wyandot Behavioral Health Network (Wyandot BHN) is a family of organizations serving the behavioral health needs of Wyandotte County, Kansas, and beyond.

Our network of organizations provides resources for adults, children and families in need of behavioral health services; individuals experiencing homelessness; assistance with housing, employment, and other needs.

Wyandot BHN organizations include:

• Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. - Supportive housing program
• RSI - 24/7 Crisis Center
• PACES - Children & adolescents behavioral health care center
• Wyandot Center - Adult behavioral health care center  
EOE Statement Wyandot Behavioral Health Network's family of organizations: Kim Wilson Housing, PACES, RSI and Wyandot Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of Wyandot Behavioral Health Network to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender (to include orientation, identity or expression), disability, handicap, age, or any other basis prohibited by law. Any act of retaliation or discrimination against any person who has filed a complaint or assisted or participated in any investigation involving a complaint is prohibited.
 

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