Juvenile Justice Specialist - Bilingual

My Health My Resources of Tarrant County
Job Description

) Job Purpose
The Juvenile Justice Specialist (JJS) functions as part of a Core Treatment Team to provide, Reach Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  The JJS is to work in collaboration with a core team comprised of a Reach therapist, Continuity of Care provider, and specialized probation officer.  The JJS is to meet with family and youth in accordance with recovery planning and family needs 3-5 times weekly and be available one week a month 24 hours to families in crisis.

The (JJS) provides a method of comprehensive review and evaluation of both mental health and criminal justice history to determine the least restrictive and clinically beneficial treatment disposition.  This individual is required to provide coordination, advocacy, interaction and cooperation with other departments both external and internal to MHMRTC.


II) Essential Functions
A. Completes all required productivity requirements.
Performance Requirements

  1. Definition of Activity: JJS will meet productivity requirement as set forth by MHMRTC.

Standard: JJS) will meet productivity standards of 45% face to face time with clients.

 

B. Completes all required recovery planning.
Performance Requirements

1.  Definition of Activity: (JJS) will complete and/or coordinate the completion of the Recovery Plan with assigned clients or designated clients.  (JJS) will ensure that the Recovery Plan for each client remains current.  Each Recovery Plan is valid for 180 days and must be reviewed and updated at least every 30 days. 

Standard: (JJS) will complete and/or coordinate completion of the Recovery Plan for 90% of the assigned caseload or designated clients.

2. Definition of Activity: Recovery Plan will be completed prior to the provision of services.           

Standard: (JJS) will complete and/or coordinate completion of the Recovery Plan for 90% of the assigned caseload or designated clients prior to providing billable rehabilitative case management services.

3. Definition of Activity: Recovery Plan based upon assessed needs.

4. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will identify and initiate removal of barriers to client treatment.   

Standard:  (JJS) will identify barriers to implementation of the recovery plan and (JJS) will take initiative for the removal of these barriers.  (JJS) will communicate with the Recovery Team and appropriate supervisory staff about these barriers in order to gain consensus, guidance, and/or direction.

 

C. Completes all required documentation.
Performance Standards

1. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will complete all agency-required documentation 

Standard: (JJS) will complete Service Activity Log (SAL) daily and turn in SAL at designated location no later than 5:00 PM. (unless approved by the supervisor) the following workday 100% of the time.  Also due no later than 5:00PM. the following workday are all Progress Notes, Recovery Plans, and Assessments corresponding with the SAL.  (JJS) will maintain an agency-provided timesheet and mileage log on which hours worked and reimbursable miles traveled will be documented.  (JJS) will complete and turn-in no later than 10:00 a.m. on the Friday morning following a payday, unless otherwise noted.

2. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will document every service provided to a client or on behalf of a client     

Standard: (JJS) will document every service provided to a client or on the behalf of a client in a Progress Note to be entered in the client’s medical record (chart).  Each billable service delivered will be documented according to agency and state guidelines to accurately describe the service provided, the client’s response and progress/lack of progress.  (JJS) will also document all services that are non-billable in order to provide the clearest description of a client’s entire recovery at MHMR of Tarrant County.  Each progress note will also include any clinically significant information, as well as the (JJS) response to crises and other situations, as necessary.  (JJS) shall also document client's progress in developing natural and or alternative supports which facilitate the ability to move out of Reach services.  The (JJS) shall also document barriers to the client's progress in moving out of Reach services and develop interventions to address barriers.

3. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will report and complete all required documentation in the case of a crisis/emergency. 

Standard: (JJS) will follow agency protocol in the case of any crisis or emergency situation and will consuJJS with the Program Director, Team Leader’s, and/or Clinical supervisor, when appropriate.

4. Definition of Activity:  JJS will complete a written update to the probation department when a youth has been detained.   

Standard:  JJS will send update including treatment progress, goals, and updates for the probation department 100% of the time at least 3 days before they attend court.

 

D. Provide ongoing services to assigned clients.
Performance Requirements

1. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will make contact with newly assigned clients. 

Standard: Upon receipt of assignment, (JJS) will contact client in crisis within one hour and (JJS) will make contact with client not in crisis within one working days.

2. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will initiate, coordinate, and/or provide appropriate services in order to aid client in meeting identified needs.  JJS will meet with families/youth a minimum of 3 times as week and a maximum of 5 times a week. 

Standard: (JJS) will initiate, coordinate, and/or provide appropriate services in order to aid client in meeting identified needs and/or train the client to meet his/her own needs.  (JJS) will adapt treatment, in accordance with the recovery plan, as client reports change in goals and/or needs and/or priority of goals and/or needs.

3. Definition of Activity: Provides all services within the scope of the Utilization Management (UM) guidelines.           

Standard: (JJS) will provide all services within the scope of the UM guidelines and/or authorization 100% of the time.

 
E. Serve as an active member of the Recovery Team.
Performance Requirements

1. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will attend all recovery team and staff meetings. 

Standard: (JJS) will attend all scheduled staff meetings and recovery team meetings 90% of the time.  Staff will gain permission for absence at recovery team or staff meeting from the Program Manager, Team Leader prior to the start of the meeting 100% of the time.

2. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will inform the recovery team of critical issues. 

Standard: (JJS) will inform the recovery team of all critical issues 100% of the time.  This includes all gaps in services and/or problems/barriers to client receiving mental health services.

3. Definition of Activity: (JJS) actively contributes in recovery team and staff meetings.   

Standard: (JJS) will actively participate in problem solving, crisis management, and other team activities when specific knowledge and/or experience on the matter exist, as necessary, 100% of the time in order maintain the stability of the recovery team.  (JJS) will participate in other special projects in order to maintain or improve the stability of the recovery team, as assigned.

4. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will participate in 24-hour access services for clients.

Standard: (JJS) will carry the assigned pager and/or mobile phone and will ensure that equipment is properly charged and operational 100% of the time.  (JJS) will return all pages within 15 minutes of receipt of page 100% of the time.  (JJS) will return all pages designated as an emergency with a “911” within 5 minutes of receipt of page 100% of the time.  (JJS) will participate in after-hour rotation for unit emergency phone as scheduled 100% of the time.  (JJS) will properly inform all appropriate recovery team members and/or administrative staff of pending problems and emergency situations according to agency procedures 100% of the time.  (JJS) will document the emergency situation according to agency policies 100% of the time.

 

F. Maintains all required training.
Performance Requirements

1. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will complete all agency-required training. 

Standard: (JJS) will complete all agency-required training within the first 60 days of employment. (JJS) will complete all required training in order to maintain (JJS) credentialing 100% of the time. (JJS) will update all training as specified in agency procedures or as directed by the (JJS) and/or Program Manager 100% of the time.

2. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will complete all clinical supervision.           

Standard: (JJS) will complete all clinical supervision requirements in order to maintain (JJS) credentialing 100% of the time.

3. Definition of Activity: (JJS) will acquire approval to attend special training. 

Standard: (JJS) will acquire approval from the Program Manager to attend special training at least two weeks in advance of the training 100% of the time.

 

G. Serves as an active member of the Core Team.
Performance Requirements

  1. Definition of Activity: (JJS) communicates with the other members of the Core Team and the Team Leader.                                                                       Standard:     

a. (JJS) will inform Team Leader of any situation involving conflict between the program and any other person or agency within 24 hours of becoming aware of it.     

b. (JJS) will inform the Psychiatrist, Registered Nurse, Program Manager and/or Team Leader of any emergency/psychiatric complaints made by a client within 24 hours of becoming aware of it.  The following list is not exhaustive:           

i. suicidal attempt, gesture, ideations, thoughts, with or without a plan         

ii. homicidal attempt, gesture, ideations, thoughts, with or without a plan

iii. any situation regarding medication error, either by client self-administration or any psychiatric complaint not currently identified on the client’s psychiatric evaluation, Recovery Plan.     

c. (JJS) will coordinate communications with Judges/Probation officers.     

d. (JJS) will participate in Interdisciplinary Recovery Team Meeting as scheduled, and provide input concerning clients participation in Reach Project program.     

e. (JJS) will appear in court to testify under oath with or without a summons from the judge.     

f. (JJS) will complete a Reach Incident Report as required by the Reach P&P’s.

Exhibits a willingness to assume additional duties; seeks the guidance of supervisor prior to beginning an unfamiliar assignment.

 

III) Knowledge of Laws, Policies/Procedures, Skills, Education and Abilities

  • Community Standards
  • Medicaid P & P’s
  • Probation P & P’s
  • Mental Health Code
  • Third Party P & P’s
  • Criminal Courts P & P’s
  • DSM IV
  • MHMRTC P & P’s
  • MHMRTC Dress Code
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to train clients with a Mental Health disability.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to make common sense judgments under limited supervision.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to work in a self-directed and productive manner.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to successfully complete required training.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to interact courteously with peers, supervisors, administrators, clients, and all others as a representative of MHMR of Tarrant County at all times.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to perform job duties while working within their schedule.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate ability to develop productive relationships with clients with a Mental Health disability and another diagnosed disability.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate knowledge of clients’ needs and characteristics associated with the present disability population.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate skills in performing assessment of client needs and in synthesizing data gained in assessment into comprehensive recovery plans, which address needs in terms meaningful to the client.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate knowledge of local community resources plus knowledge and ability to work within agency political contexts.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate knowledge and ability to work within agency and intra-agency political contexts.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate skills in making productive referrals, negotiating assertively from an advocacy based client-centered perspective with a variety of public service agency professionals.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate ability to recognize barriers and issues between service systems and ability to utilize personal arbitration/conflict-resolution strategies in difficuJJS service integration situations.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate ability to work independently, organize work efficiently, and prioritize response to changing needs of individual clients.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to cope with frustration while serving in goal-directed pursuits or resources.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to work in a non-judgmental manner with clients whose belief systems may be based on values different from those of the QMHP-JJS.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to initiate and maintain productive contact with a variety of service providers.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist be able to articulate clearly and concisely both in verbal and written modes.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate knowledge of human personality development, abnormal psychology, and substance abuse.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary recovery team.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to accept direction and make constructive use of professional and clinical supervision.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to develop knowledge of major classes of medications and related side effects.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will possess effective organizational, communication and time management skills, be self-directed, motivated and able to work autonomously.
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist will demonstrate the ability to acquire knowledge of Medicaid Standards, Community Standards and payer requirements for services.


IV) Internal & External Customer Service
This position requires extensive internal and external contacts with clients, family members, significant others, service providers, and practitioners.  The Juvenile Justice Specialist will accomplish this with exceptional written and verbal skills.  Other contacts may include, but are not limited to: John Peter Smith Hospital, Family Services, Social Security Administration, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Regulatory and Protective Services, other area hospitals, local Police Department(s), area United Way Agencies, local housing authority and/or local Transportation Authority.


V) Travel
This position requires significant local travel, up to 100% daily, as well as potential travel outside of the county.

Job Requirements:

Required Education
Master's Degree

Defined Education
Social, Behavioral, Health and Human Services
(Note: Degrees considered social, behavioral, or human services include psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, counseling, sociology, human development, gerontology, educational psychology, and physician assistant studies)

Required Experience:
Two (2) years full-time work experience

Defined Experience:
Health or Human Services

Substitutions:
None

License/Certifications:
Valid Texas driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
Must provide license (if applicable) and official documentation of all educational attainment i.e. Transcript/Degree/Certificate.

Supervisory Experience:
None

Testing Requirements:
Pre-employment tests including drug and TB Screening, Physical Exam including and lift test.

Lifting Requirements:
55 pounds

Benefit Information:
As a full-time employee, you are eligible to participate in MHMR’s employee health benefits program. Health benefits eligibility date is the 1st of the month following completion of sixty (60) days of employment. Your eligibility for other benefits, including the 401(a) (including employer match) and tuition reimbursement will take place per company policy.

Additional Information

*MHMR of Tarrant County (“MHMR”) and its affiliates and subsidiaries have an internal recruiting department. MHMR may supplement that internal capability from time to time with assistance from temporary staffing agencies, placement services, and professional recruiters herein after referred to collectively as “Recruiters"). Recruiters are hereby specifically directed NOT to contact MHMR employees directly in an attempt to present candidates – MHMR recruiting team or other authorized MHMR personnel must present ALL candidates to hiring managers. For more information please visit our website www.mhmrtc.org

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