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Transition Coordinator (1885)

  2019-12-09     Encompass Community Services     Santa Cruz County     $21 - $24 hour  

About Us:
At Encompass Community Services we provide our community with a wide range of services related to family & social well-being, early childhood education, behavioral health, housing and more. Every day through these services we work to make health, education and housing more equitable for all people in Santa Cruz County. For more than 40 years our work has touched generations by helping people have access to education, rebuild relationships, restore their health and regain dignity.

The Transition Coordinator will serve as the primary connection point for clients exiting custody in Santa Cruz County. There are two vacant full time (40 hour per week) transition coordinator positions in Adult Outpatient Services, specifically focusing on client Re-Entry needs. These positions are funded by a 3-year grant (CAFES Project) through the Santa Cruz County Probation Department. The grant terminates in January 2023 and further funding of these positions may be determined at that time, although is not guaranteed. The hired candidates will need to begin working in their positions by 1/6/2020.

The Transition Coordinator will work out of the Watsonville and Santa Cruz clinics as well as meet clients in community settings. The coordinators will meet with clients in the Santa Cruz County jails to conduct assessments of the substance use disorder and mental health needs, as well as addressing other re-entry needs such as housing and employment.

This is a lead position with Encompass and is a promotional opportunity for existing Encompass employees. Internal promotion decisions of existing Encompass employees will be based on an overall assessment of candidate interviews, references, work performance in current position, years of service, and merit in the candidate’s current position.

The ideal Transition Coordinator candidate is:
•Passionate about being of service to their community and this population
•Wants to support clients to learn how to best support themselves and be the change agents in their own lives
•Excited about being a part of a dynamic Re-Entry Services team that can help them learn and grow

Duties and Responsibilities:

•Actively collaborate with other Re-Entry program staff and the Re-Entry Manager to coordinate re-entry needs and housing navigation for clients exiting custody.

•Serve as the primary staff that meets the client at the “gateway” of exiting the jail system, coordinating their treatment or housing placement, providing transportation, and other basic case management needs.

•Meet with clients within 10 days of the client exiting custody, if possible to coordinate re-entry planning.

•Collaborate with Corrections staff regarding client’s re-entry planning.

•Maintain a client caseload of approximately 25 clients and have at least weekly attempted contact with clients for their first 30-60 days out of custody.

•Complete ASAM brief assessments for SUD level of care determination and AC-OK assessments at intake.

•Participate in ongoing agency-wide training and clinical professional development regarding evidenced based practices.

•Collaborate with other Re-Entry Services programs (START and ReTurn) and make other necessary referrals for services in Adult Outpatient, Residential, or Health and Housing.

•Maintain a valid California Driver’s License and active jail clearance.

•Maintain active counseling licenses and registrations.

•Maintains timeliness to work shifts and regular work attendance.

•Provides coverage for other discharge planner on the Re-Entry Services team.

•Provides crisis intervention/management as indicated to protect the client and staff.

•Safely provides transportation of clients in the community, while following Encompass policies and protocols.

•Maintains oversite of client charts and of Electronic Health Records, in compliance to HIPPA standards.

•Maintains necessary data and referral tracking logs in a timely manner. Assists with monthly and quarterly reporting as required by the CAFES project.

•Surveys client’s substance use within the first 30 days and every 6 months.

•Reviews and submits sentinel reports within 24 hours, as required by County guidelines.

• Reviews and reports all Tarasoff breaches within 12 hours of suspected abuse/concern.

• May represent program in community collaboration efforts.

• Expected to coach and provide feedback to staff on curriculum and client services.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bilingual highly preferred
  • Registered Drug and Alcohol Counselor OR currently enrolled in the first year of a Master’s program in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or another related counseling field.
  • Minimum 1 year experience providing case management or counseling support to clients involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrated work experience successfully working in collaborative teams
  • Ability to complete documentation accurately and in a timely manner
  • Strong skill set regarding clinical ethics, boundaries, and role clarity with clients
  • Experience with in-custody programs preferred
  • Applicant must have active driver’s license and the ability to drive clients.
  • Applicant must submit appropriate background check clearance and be able to pass Santa Cruz County jail clearance to provide in custody services.
  • Experience with AVATAR preferred and strong computer literacy

Wages & Benefits:
Our total compensation package includes a comprehensive medical and dental insurance plan for full time employees, 403(b) retirement plan, paid holiday, sick time, and 17 days of paid vacation, pro-rated for positions less than 40 hours a week. We are an equal opportunity employer. At Encompass we value the diversity of individuals, ideas, perspectives, insights and values, and what they bring to the workplace.

Applications are welcome from all qualified candidates. Encompass Community Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

We are committed to excellence through diversity and strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all clients and employees. If you require assistance applying on-line, we have computer terminals available at our 380 Encinal Street Suite 200 office in Santa Cruz, Tel: 831-469-1700, and at our 225 Westridge Drive location in Watsonville, Tel: 831-724-3885. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.

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