Criminal Defense Practice Forensic Social Worker - Parole Revocation Defense Unit
- Job posted by The Legal Aid Society - New York City
Headquarters: 199 Water Street
The Criminal Defense Practice is seeking one Forensic Social Worker in the Parole Revocation Defense Unit (PRDU). While working closely with the PRDU attorneys and legal staff, the Forensic Social Worker interviews and assesses clients for substance use and mental health issues. The Forensic Social Worker recommends treatment programs and testifies as an expert witness at parole violation hearings at the Rikers Island Judicial Center. The Forensic Social Worker completes necessary paperwork and provides supportive documents to facilitate a client's interview with a program and/or to assure a client's acceptance into a program. They educate the client about treatment options and offer crisis intervention and supportive counseling.
This position is Rikers Island-based with an office at the headquarters on Water Street. Candidates must be willing to travel to the Rikers Island Judicial Center regularly.
* Interview and assess clients for substance abuse and mental health treatment needs
* Identify appropriate services for clients and facilitate applications and interviews with programs
* Provide verbal advocacy on behalf of clients in administrative law proceedings
* Interface with Judges, Parole Revocation Specialists, and Correctional Personnel
* Negotiate with community-based treatment centers
* Assess a client's readiness for treatment and make referrals to substance abuse treatment, domestic violence services, mental health counseling, MICA programs, supportive housing programs, shelters, etc.
* Other duties as assigned
Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
* Candidates must have an MSW degree and NYS certification in social work (LMSW)
* Strong diagnostic skills and experience working with individuals with the following special needs: MICA, physical illness and disabilities, mental illness, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, and histories of substance abuse
* Excellent writing, verbal, organization, and computer skills
* Ability to work within a team model
* Commitment to protecting the rights of alleged parole violators
* Proficiency in Spanish is desirable, but not required
* Experience working in a correctional facility preferred
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
HOW TO APPLY
You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, Members of the LGBTQ+ communities, Veterans, and People with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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