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Outreach Specialist 

Position Outreach Specialist  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift First  
Number of Openings 1  
Location Oshkosh Correctional Institution (OSCI)  
Open Date 6/14/2021  
Close Date  
Description

OUTREACH SPECIALIST – OSHKOSH CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION

  1. POSITION PURPOSE: The Transitional Outreach Program is designed to work with offenders who have mental health issues and/or cognitive impairments. This population faces several challenges when transitioning back into society. Without comprehensive discharge planning for transitional services, mentally ill offenders are often likely to decompensate, commit new offenses, or violate their conditions of release, all of which can eventually result in their return to prison. Continuity of care in the case management of these offenders improves their chances of accessing the help they need across various service domains upon their release.

The Transitional Outreach Program will actively develop and maintain partnerships with community support agencies and treatment providers willing to assist its participants in their transition from “inmate” and “offender” to successful citizen. Each participant that succeeds in this transition has a positive economic impact on the State of Wisconsin by avoiding future costly incarcerations and placements in mental health facilities.

  1. EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Associate Degree in Human Services preferred, experience in successful outreach services to offenders may substitute for post high school educational requirement
  • Must possess at least 2 years of outreach services in a human service environment.
  • Must have a valid driver License for the State of Wisconsin
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have A clean driving record
  • Must have required insurance and dependable vehicle for business purposes.

 

  1. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
  1. Assess needs of target population and availability of community based resources to meet these needs.
  2. Assess the aftercare and reintegration needs of program participants.
  3. In consultation with DAI social worker and DAI agent, develop an aftercare and reintegration plan addressing risk and ongoing treatment needs including; level of supervision, residential placement, income sources, clinical service needs, treatment programming, vocational training and employment.
  4. Schedule and coordinate home visits with participants at least monthly the first four months after release and bi-monthly the remaining 8 months of his first year in the community.
  5. In consultation with DAI agent and Unit Manager, implement, reassess and revise aftercare case plan based on the offender’s performance, progress, current treatment needs and availability of aftercare resources.
  6. Construct an automated data base to collect, analyze and generate data necessary to support evaluation of the program.
  7. A considerable amount of travel will be associated with this program because of the geographic distribution of the offenders.
  8. The Outreach Specialist will work with the participants during the last six months of incarceration through the first twelve months of community re-entry.
  9. The Outreach Specialist will act as an advocate for securing services needed by newly released offenders.
  10. The offender will be made aware of service providers in the community he is returning to and initial contacts will be made as needed.
  11. Employment, vocational training, & pro-social support groups will be researched by the Outreach Specialist and inmate.
  12. Competencies listed in Module 10 - Transitional Prep of the Standardized Re-entry Pre-Release Curriculum will be reviewed to assure all 22 on the checklist have been covered.
  13. The Outreach Specialist will assist participants in completing the competencies listed in the Standardized Pre-Release “Personal Development” module prior to community reentry. Additional readings and/or assignments pertaining to coping skills may be given dependent on the needs of the offender.
  14. Working in coordination with the DAI agent and DAI social worker, the Outreach Specialist will review each participant’s Community Reintegration Offender Questionnaire (DOC-2266) no less than 90 days before release.
  15. Medical and/or psychological needs of participants will be identified.
  16. The Outreach Specialist
  17. will utilize contacts with Vestica and community agencies, to locate available resources in the county of release.
  18. The Outreach Specialist will be using their own vehicles.

 

 
Position Requirements  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Category Social Services  

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