MHM Services, Inc.

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Job Locations US-MA-Framingham
    Posted Date 6 days ago(12/4/2018 4:09 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-10083
  • Overview

    Forensic Health Services, Inc./MHM Services is seeking Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers to join our forensic court clinic service working part-time to full-time as a critical member of the Central Massachusetts multidisciplinary team. Currently we have a part-time position (20 hours a week) available at the Framingham District Court.   This position will provide support and professional guidance to the drug court participants and provide clinical recommendations to the Drug Court teams. Working closely with probation, who has ultimate responsibility for case management, oversight of court conditions, and reporting to the Judiciary, the drug court clinician will be available to the Drug Court team to consult, advise, and problem solve with team members on cases individually and collectively.  

     

    *Can be combined with a PT (20 hours/week) position at the Ayers District Court to make one FT position with benefits

     

    The Drug Court is a specialty court session designed to improve outcomes for individuals with substance use disorders that are involved in the criminal justice system. The Drug Court is overseen by a presiding Justice who, in partnership with other stakeholders, seeks to assist the individual and the community by emphasizing public safety, individual accountability, and recovery. The Drug Court Clinician (DCC) will report directly to the FHS Supervisor of Specialty Courts who reports to the Director of Forensic Court Clinic Services.  These forensic services court clinic contracts are managed by the associated Area Forensic Director of the Department of Mental Health.

    For the Drug Court and participants, as part of their primary duties, the DCC will function as a full member of the Drug Court team and will serve to: 

    • Provide clinical screening, psychosocial assessments and treatment planning for drug court referrals as needed, in conjunction with the probation officer and in accordance with Adult Drug Court operational procedures
    • Assist in level of care and treatment recommendations for participants as needed
    • Educate the Drug Court team on clinical perspectives
    • Assist with care coordination and referrals of participants to treatment
    • Assist with building linkages with and engaging community based service providers to help enhance the success of Drug Court participants
    • Help engage participants and their families, in consultation with the Drug Court team, to maximize participant success
    • Coordinate and partner with probation, and participates when appropriate, on home visits and community contacts
    • Provide testimony, if required, to the court on the status of each participant
    • Recommends adjustments to the treatment plan for the participant model in collaboration with the Drug Court team
    • Support the continuing development of the Drug Court
    • Work in collaboration with the Drug Court team by providing clinical insights to enhance the development of improvements in the assessment and placement process
    • Collect and enter data as directed by DMH Forensic Services, and completes any needed documentation on Drug Court participants
    • Participation in local Drug Court team meetings and in stakeholder meetings in collaboration with the Drug Court team as requested
    • Assists the Drug Court team in its operations in accordance with Drug Court standards set forth by the Trial Court in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

    We offer competitive compensation

     

    Qualifications

    The ideal DCC candidate will have

    • knowledge of evidence based and trauma-informed approaches to substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health disorders and recovery
    • Experience in treating individuals with these challenges
    • knowledge of treatment approaches to substance use disorders and ability to support recovery and reduce recidivism in partnership with court personnel and especially in partnership with Probation (who provides supervision of court-ordered conditions)
    • high quality written and verbal skills
    • excellent time management skill
    • demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a multidisciplinary treatment team
    • Experience working with court-involved criminal defendants

     

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

    Interested candidates must

    • be licensed as an LICSW (or eligible for licensure within a reasonable time period)
    • demonstrate exceptional communication, organization, and writing skills
    • demonstrated experience working with individuals with substance use disorders, preferably over 3-5 years
    • have experience working with individuals with co-occurring disorders
    • be able to work collaboratively on a multidisciplinary team
    • be willing/able to travel
    • possess a valid driver’s license
    • pass a background check


    Interested applicants with forensic experience working in criminal justice settings, treatment experience with individuals with substance use disorders, including those with co-occurring mental illness, emergency services, background and knowledge of community and social service agencies are strongly encouraged to apply. LADC-1 certification and bi-lingual preferred but not required.

     

    For more information and/or to apply, please contact Chris Pike, LICSW at cpike@mhm-services.com

     

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