Criminal Justice Specialist, ACT

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40
Maximum: $50




17 Battery Place
New York
United States


Community Access, Inc. (CA), founded in 1974, is a progressive not-for-profit organization that expands opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services. We are built upon the simple truth that people are experts in their own lives. Our programs are spread across 20 locations and include over 1000 units of supportive housing in 3 boroughs

Position Overview

The Criminal Justice Specialist is responsible for providing information and technical assistance about New York City and State criminal justice programs and processes with a focus on the involvement of individuals living with serious mental illness. The Criminal Justice Specialist is also responsible for leading activities related to the coordination of communication between criminal justice personnel and the ACT team in order to promote participants' successful reentry from incarceration, completion of community supervision mandates including AOT orders, and continuity of care in the event of detention .The Criminal Justice Specialist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing the full range of comprehensive ACT services to assist participants in achieving their recovery, rehabilitation and treatment goals .The Criminal Justice Specialist works with participants with a wide range of risk factors and who may be engaging in a variety of harmful behaviors. Using evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions and risk-responsive strategies, the Criminal Justice Specialist supports participants to reduce criminal justice system recidivism, engage in goal-oriented behaviors and actively participate in essential mental health and integrated substance abuse treatment offered by the ACT team.

Location : 3251 Third Avenue, Bronx


  • Commitment to person-centered treatment strategies, upholding participants' rights, and self-determination in service provision.
  • A Master's degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Public Health, Law, or similar field
  •  A minimum of 2 years of working with people with mental health disorders with the objective of assisting them with navigating the legal system 
  •   Knowledge of NYC and/or NYS criminal justice system and alternatives to incarceration programs
  •   Knowledge OHF laws and legal rights for individuals with sex offender status preferred
  •   Excellent oral, writing, and listening skills. 
  •  Available to work a flexible schedule, mornings, evenings and weekends in response to participant needs.
  • Computer proficiency, Microsoft Word, Excel. Comfort with learning new systems and paperless record keeping.
  • Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Justice Center

Bilingual Spanish-speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree