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Social Worker – Manhattan START



Reports to: Supervisor of START Community Case Management

Overview: The Center for Alternative Sentencing & Employment Services (CASES), is a private non-profit serving NYC residents involved in the criminal justice system and those with mental illness who have not engaged in traditional mental health services. CASES seeks a social worker for its Manhattan Short Term Alternatives and Referral to Treatment (START), alternative-to-incarceration community case management services. The community case management services offer a gender-responsive track for women at risk of jail sentences. The social worker will provide services at least 80 percent of the time in neighborhoods throughout New York City. These services will include assessment, individual and group trauma and substance abuse counseling, and rehabilitation services to support women arrested for misdemeanor crimes in Manhattan avoid jail sentences and reduce their recidivism. The social worker offers services to women within the framework of the core principles of participant self-determination, recovery, and cultural competency. The social worker will provide services to women with a range of needs around trauma, health, mental illness, and substance abuse. Using evidence-based approaches to engagement, behavioral health needs, and gender-responsive services, help the women participants reduce their criminal justice involvement.

• Assess program participants using validated Level of Service Case Management Inventory (LSCMI) and Women’s Risk and Need Assessment (WRNA) to inform individual treatment planning and service delivery;
• Facilitate participants successful completion of mandated sessions and the obligations of the diversion requirements set by the Criminal Court judge;
• Use motivational interviewing to ensure that at least 75 percent of the women complete their court mandate and the majority are retained in voluntary program services;
• Complete court letters for presentation to judges and compliance parts outlining participant’s completion of mandate, failure, or need for extension of court mandate;
• Provide responsive interventions based on LSCMI and WRNA assessment to address risk factors associated with criminal recidivism;
• Deliver services based on the core principles of risk, need and responsivity that allows the program to receive aggregate reductions in the criminal recidivism of program participants;
• Ensure less than 10 percent of participants are re-arrested while they are receiving program services;
• Provide services at least 80 percent of the time in the community to support participants and provide access to community resources;
• Complete at least 60 units of treatment and/or case management services each month;
• Assist participants in identifying treatment and life goals (housing, family entitlement, vocational, social, cultural and recreational);
• Collaborate with other staff to provide access to entitlements;
• Deliver gender specific services to women participants including individual and group Seeking Safety interventions;
• Link participants to treatment based on their eligibility, preferences and needs and provide escort to community services;
• Act as advocate and liaison for participants in securing access to community treatment, rehabilitation and support services;
• Complete charting using database following program standards and timelines
• Involve family, significant others, and treatment providers in service provision as and when needed;
• Provide culturally competent services in accordance with CASES policies and practice;
• Develop and maintain strategic alliances with community providers;
• Any other duties as required by the supervisory and executive staff.

Position entails a 35 hour a week commitment from Monday-Friday generally between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.


• Licensed Master in Social Work (LMSW);
• Commitment to serve justice-involved women at high risk for criminal recidivism;
• At least three years of experience working in human services with individuals with serious mental illness, HIV, substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders;
• Experience delivering gender-specific services to women:
• At least two years of experience facilitating group treatment using evidence-based practices;
• Extensive knowledge of community treatment, support services, and resources;
• Highly organized and self-motivated;
• Proficient in computers;
• Fluency in Spanish preferred.

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.


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Posted on 11/30/17; CVMHA ID #11621