Criminal Justice Mental Health Clinical Coordinator
Salary: $25.76 - $29.63 Hourly ($53,580.80 - $61,630.40 Annually)
Assists the Court to develop, implement and coordinate an efficient and effective mental health program. Develops program goals and objectives, a network of community mental health evaluators and resources, and coordinates administrative, clinical and mental health functions in support of mental health court, competency to stand trial and related proceedings, and civil commitment proceedings per Title 36, Chapter 5.0 - Mental Health Services provisions and procedures.
- Serves as the Superior Court, Pima County, Clinical Liaison pursuant to A.R.S. §13-4513.
- Performs as liaison between the court and the clinical community for Mental Health Court (MHC) operations.
- Coordinates the operations of the Mental Health Court (MHC) and performs as liaison to the MHC Team.
- Monitors the quality of Rule 11 evaluations and the timeliness of reports from evaluations.
- Develops and coordinates training programs for evaluators related to evaluations for Rule 11 defendants, sexually violent persons and Intelligence Quotient (IQ) testing.
- Assists the Court in the following:
- Develops and maintains a standardized report format for Rule 11 competency to stand trial evaluations and reports,
- Develops and modifies the standard orders and notices used in the Rule 11 process, and guilty except insane commitments pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-4501 et seq., Sexually Violent Offender cases pursuant to A.R.S. § 36-3701 et seq.and A.R.S. Title 36, chapter 5 and monitor the effectiveness of the changes, and
- Develops standards for Rule 11 evaluations, provides training, and establishes expectations for local behavioral health providers (BHP) and provides technical assistance to evaluators as necessary.
- Develops relationships, acts as a liaison, and communicates regularly with local behavioral health providers, local regional behavioral health authority, Pima County Adult Detention Center, Banner Hospital, juvenile court detention center medical providers, andcounty and state agencies around mental health issues involving cases before the court.
- Monitors the status of adult competency evaluations in compliance with Rule 11 and ensures defendant information is submitted as required and court hearings proceed as scheduled. Attends court to address case issues and concerns raised by the Judge as needed.
- Monitors and coordinates defendant’s schedule for the continuity of care following the restoration of competency, acts as liaison between the court, the community and corrections.
- Coordinates the required attendance of attorneys, probation officers, BHP and others to court hearings.
- Monitors clinically appropriate alternatives to the Arizona State Hospital for criminal defendants for restoration to competency. Monitors the quality and timeliness of reports and recommendations from the restoration to competency provider.
- Confers with the criminal bench regarding procedures for cases involving Rule 11 evaluations, sexually violent persons (SVP) and intelligence quotient (IQ) evaluations in capital cases.
- Monitors cases of those defendants found guilty but insane pursuant to ARS 13-4512.
- Educates the community and treatment providers regarding behavioral health issues as they impact the criminal justice system and behavioral health providers.
- Coordinates and monitors pre-trial, pre-sentencing and post-sentencing defendant competency evaluations, treatment and all related billings.
- Assists with the financial planning of mental health programs by researching potential funding sources, initiating grant applications and coordinating the implementation of grants.
- Coordinates with the Judge and court staff the design, development and maintenance of a mental health website for the court.
- Collects and researches data concerning mental health defendant activities related to defendant’s referral for competency evaluations, and defendant’s progress in various programs and/or restoration. Develops analytical reports from the data and presents the material to the Judge.
- Troubleshoots policy issues that affect mental health program operations and other issues such as communication breakdowns with Pima County jail staff and behavioral health providers.
- Supervises the work of administrative staff, and supports staff in the resolution of work related issues.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s degree in social work, psychology or a related field and two years of experience working with seriously mentally ill individuals in a clinical and/or institutional setting. OR, a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice or a related field and four years of work experience working in a court setting with knowledge of the criminal case processing.
Preference will be given to candidates with forensic knowledge and experience.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
The Court offers competitive wages to include shift differentials. Employees receive quality benefits such as health, dental and vision coverage, generous vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement plans, life insurance, employer match to health savings contribution and various pre-tax saving opportunities.