Purpose of Classification:
The purpose of this classification is to perform clinical evaluations of participant referrals to assigned court programs.
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Evaluates referrals to assigned court program; performs initial assessment interviews; evaluates participant's biopsychosocial capabilities, risk, and treatability; requests access to and obtains medical and behavioral health records; schedules drug screenings for potential participants; and notifies court liaison or other involved parties of assessment and screening results.
Develops treatment plans for participants; reviews records and documentation; determines need for mental health, substance abuse, structured activities, or other treatment; discusses treatment plan recommendations with potential participant and case management team; reviews expectations ; resolves concerns/ problems pertaining to treatment plan; evaluates and recommends changes to plans as necessary; and maintains case management files and records.
Serves as a liaison with program participants and the court; maintains communication with participants; provides support and encouragement; identifies need for and provides appropriate intervention; ensures participant compliance with established treatment plan; alerts program team regarding concerns, problems and compliance issues; and schedules random site visits, drug screens or other monitoring activities.
Manages and coordinates social service activities; coordinates referrals to mental health and social service agencies based on need for housing, food, financial support, childcare, transportation, education, and/or crisis intervention; develops assessment tools, forms, and documents for social service use; participates in community outreach events; and provides program education and referrals.
Participates on multidisciplinary team; provides clinical perspective and feedback regarding referrals and active participants to program team; collaborates with team members to evaluate participant progress; relays screening, mental health provider diagnosis, and other information to team; and maintains individual participant records.
Maintains a current, comprehensive knowledge and awareness of applicable laws, regulations, principles and practices relating to court ordered clinical evaluations; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; and attends meetings,
Master’s Degree in Social Work or a related field required; two years of experience in the mental health field (experience in the criminal justice system preferred); or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver's license; and must possess and maintain licensure as a Master Social Worker (LMSW).