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Court Representative - Arraignment Team
Reports to: Arraignment Supervisor
Overview: CASES seeks a Court Representative to conduct screening evaluation interviews for the Manhattan START alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) program. The Court Representative works in the busy arraignment courtrooms of the Manhattan Criminal Court. The Court Representative identifies defendants at risk of jail sentences and conducts interviews to screen for mental health and substance use needs and to assess suitability for diversion to the START program’s case management and specialized program services for men held in the Manhattan House of Detention. When the defense attorney and defendant agree the intake specialist advocates before the judge for the individual to be released to participate in START. This position is located in the Manhattan Criminal Court and requires significant interface with defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and other court personnel.
Manhattan Supervised Release provides bail supervision services to individuals arrested in Manhattan for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies. CASES seeks Court Representatives to conduct screening evaluation interviews in the busy arraignment courtroom and the all-purpose courtrooms of the Manhattan Criminal Court. The Court Representative identifies defendants at risk of detention and monetary bail using a risk screen instrument supplied by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. When the defense attorneys agree, the Representative screens the defendant and advocates before the judge for the individual to be released to the supervision services during the pendency of the legal case. This position is located in the Manhattan courts and requires significant interface with defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and other court personnel.
• Screen court paperwork to identify eligible individuals based on program legal eligibility criteria;
• Conduct screening interview using program protocol to inform eligible defendants about program services and engage them to consider the ATI disposition for the resolution of their case;
• Administer and score standardized instruments per the program protocol during the eligibility screening process in court;
• Conduct clinical screening interviews for women and defendants that are flagged by standardized screening instruments as having indications of mental health needs. Provide initial diagnostic impressions and screening confirmation of suitability for community case management services;
• Communicate with community treatment providers and significant others such as family members, housing and shelter providers to establish participants’ status and the appropriateness of participation in START, and establish collaboration strategies to support court advocacy and diversion engagement
• Establish defendant’s eligibility by calculating and administering re-arrest validated instrument in each arraignment shift;
• Review Criminal Justice Agency (CJA) bail recommendations, court file, arrest details and RAP sheet;
• Seek defense attorney consent;
• Interview individuals to obtain all pertinent personal, community ties, and personal information;
• Conduct screening interview using program protocol to inform eligible defendants about program supervision requirements, program services and engage the individual to consider the supervised release bail option;
• Administer and score standardized mental health and drug screening instruments per the program protocol in court holding pens during screening interview to identify needs that will be addressed with voluntary referrals and access to services;
• Assess and verify community ties including but not limited to family and significant others, employer, shelter staff, treatment staff, supportive housing staff, care manager, community groups and other faith-based;
• Communicate with collaterals to establish participants’ status and the appropriateness of participation in supervised release and establish communication and verification strategies to support court advocacy and supervised release engagement;
• Work collaboratively with court staff including court officers, defense attorneys, assistant district attorneys and judges to facilitate program admissions;
• Advocate for the individual’s admission to the program by appearing before the judge to explain the defendant’s suitability for program services;
• Conduct outreach with defense attorneys to ensure they utilize program services in suitable cases;
• Conduct outreach to criminal court judges to ensure they are familiar with program services and program outcomes;
• Assist as needed in post arraignment court appearances to provide written or verbal updates on participant’s status in the program;
• Meet monthly intake goals established by supervisory staff;
• Enter screening and intake information into program database;
• Provide motivational interventions to individuals released to the program to ensure compliance with supervision;
• Inform pretrial services staff about directives given by judges to individuals released to participate in program;
• Provide pretrial services staff with critical information about participants to support their ability to engage and respond to participants risks and needs;
• Work with pretrial staff and supervisor to conduct outreach as needed to facilitate participant appearance at court;
• Provide culturally competent services in accordance with CASES policies and practice, and
• Complete any other duties as required by the Program Director and supervisory staff.
· BA/BS degree in social work, forensic psychology, psychology or equivalent experience
· Experience conducting screening interviews of individuals with substance use, mental health, providing services to adults with serious mental illness and behavioral health problems;
· Exceptional communication and organizational skills;
· Knowledge of court procedures and able to effectively advocate, with poise and diplomacy
· Proficient on computer and able to accurately enter data and use program databases
Salary: Competitive salary, full-time 35-hour week with excellent benefits.
Benefits: Here at CASES we offer benefits that will assist you in making the most of your career and your life. Our programs include health and wellness insurance which is offered through Aetna. A retirement 403(b) plan is held with Principal, education, and training. Additionally, our portable ancillary benefits are offered through Aflac, Legal Shield, and ADP Flexible spending account; which is then deducted through payroll along with commuter benefits, additional short-term disability, cancer, additional income protection, hospitalization coverage, and identity theft protection.
Please apply through: http://smrtr.io/NrYVVA.
Posted on 09/01/17; CVMHA ID #11374