Works within the Boston Municipal Courts to provide clinical services to clients enrolled in the Mental Health Court sessions. Conducts intake interviews with new clients and orients them to the Mental Health Court Program. Determines appropriateness of admission to the Boston Municipal Court Mental Health Session. Coordinates the development of a treatment plan that includes linkages to services of the CJSD Program and other community agencies. Works with existing partners to ensure seamless delivery of services for high need clients. Conducts outreach to criminal justice system agencies in BMC Emergency Services catchment areas (e.g., police, probation, court, public defender, district attorney) to educate about emergency services and to develop working relationships as well as potential sources of crisis referrals. Meets regularly with the judges and probation officers involved in the Boston Municipal Court Mental Health Session. Provides consultation to the Court regarding planning for mental health and substance abuse services for court-involved clients. Communicates with Probation Department regarding oversight of client compliance with Court approved treatment recommendations. Develops processes for clients to apply for medical insurance, housing subsidies and other entitlement programs.
- Requires Master's Degree in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling
Requires level of knowledge of licensed mental health counselor processes and community resources and agencies in relation to health, illness, and disability, generally acquired through one to two years on-the-job training.
Requires a Massachusetts mental health counselor license or licensed independent clinical social work license.
Requires advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with various healthcare professionals, to develop and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients and families, and to supervise graduate students.
Requires the analytical abilities necessary to assess patient needs, develop associated treatment modalities, and provide effective counseling.
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