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Social Worker LMSW/LMHC - CIRT

Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services


Temporary position with strong possibility to transition to permanent full-time

Reports to: Director Manhattan CIRT

Overview: The Manhattan Court-based Intervention Resource Team (CIRT) provides alternative to detention (ATD) and alternative to incarceration (ATI) services to youth and adults with mental health problems, serious mental illness, and co-occurring substance use disorders diverted in the Manhattan Criminal and Supreme Courts. CIRT community clinical, case management and rehabilitation services support participants to successfully exit the justice system and engage in recovery and progress towards self-sufficiency. The social worker works under the supervision of the director supporting providing services in the community. The social worker manages a caseload and ensures participants are engaged and appropriately linked to the treatment and support services that will help them reduce criminal recidivism, substance use, and homelessness, and promote mental health and crime free community living. Working alongside a team leader, CASAC, LPN, social worker, senior peer specialist, and part-time psychiatrist ensures participants are appropriately supervised in the community for positive legal outcomes.


• Assess participant risk levels for recidivism using validated risk and need assessments and develop recommendations for CIRT onsite treatment and rehabilitation services to address criminogenic risk and needs
• During the assessment obtain information: a) to establish the participant’s behavioral health needs, b) criminogenic risk and needs and required level of cognitive behavioral interventions to mitigate risk factors, and c) direct CIRT interventions and a plan for linkage or reengagement in community treatment
• Support court liaison specialist to complete court progress reports and remind participants of scheduled court progress hearings and appointments with defense attorneys
• Involve family, significant others, housing providers, community treatment providers, care coordinators, AOT, defense attorney, community corrections (probation and parole) in service provision
• Develop service plan goals and objectives that promote reductions in recidivism and pro-social community living
• Collaborate with participant in the development of comprehensive service plan goals and regularly review and revise goals
• Manage active caseload of 17-20 participants and provide an average of 55-60 face-to-face units of service per month in program office and also in community with location of service delivery determined by participant need
• Provide individual cognitive behavioral interventions to moderate- and high-risk consumers and run CBT groups to ensure successful completion of ATD and ATI supervision
• Ensure at least 70% of participants on the caseload successfully complete ATD/ATI supervision
• Adhere to ATI supervision requirements
• Coordinate, advocate and liaise with defense attorneys around participants engagement in community services
• Provide crisis intervention services
• Complete assessments, progress notes and data collection within required timeframes
• Attend and prepare for organization and team meetings and supervision sessions
• Provide culturally-competent services in accordance with CASES policies and practice
• Other duties assigned by the supervisors and senior staff


• Licensed Master in Social Work (LMSW) or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
• At least one years of experience working in human services with individuals with serious mental illness and criminal justice involvement.
• Experience understanding various models and theories pertaining to evidence-based treatment for serious mental illness, mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, gender-responsive services, and risk, need, responsivity principles for criminal behavior
• Knowledge of social learning theory and competence in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) models
• Skilled in delivery of motivational interviewing
• Excellent oral communication skills
• Excellent writing skills
• Highly organized and self-motivated
• Proficient in computers
• Fluency in Spanish preferred

Additional information
In one document, attach your cover letter and resume in PDF or Word format. No phone calls please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

CASES is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with CASES is based solely on qualifications and competence for a particular position, without regard to race, color, ethnic or national origin, age, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital, military, or citizenship status. We also actively recruit individuals with prior involvement in the criminal justice system.Your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


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Posted on 02/27/18; CVMHA ID #11915