Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 05-Jun-2017 to 04-Jul-2017
  • - Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE, Inc.)
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

PACE, Inc. provides services to those with criminal backgrounds to assist them in transitioning back to their community. This position is responsible for assisting clients assigned to his/her case load by conducting assessments, developing individualized and client-centered re-entry plans, and connecting clients to evidence-based services that will support successful re-entry, and providing long term care coordination until the plan is fully executed.

Organization Overview:
PACE, Inc. has been providing services to the ex-offender community since 1960.  The mission of PACE is to provide a variety of services to help previously incarcerated persons to lead productive and responsible lives in their community.  Our vision is to ensure that people returning to the community from incarceration have the tools and resources to successfully reenter; to promote public safety through effective reentry; and to enhance community stabilization through reduced crime and increased productiveness.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
This position is responsible for coordinating with the staff of the Marion County Behavioral Court (BHC) to ensure a successful transition of the Court participants.  The goal of this program is to ensure the needs of participants are met by providing care coordination for necessary services to connect Court graduates to resources in the community as well as provide barrier busting assistance to ultimately lower recidivism.  The ultimate goal is a warm-hand off from the MHAC staff to resources in the community to increase the graduate's success. 

The Mental Health Care Coordinator serves as an advocate to ensure client needs and concerns are communicated as appropriate to those involved in care/service delivery in a timely manner and are satisfactorily addressed.  The Coordinator is the communication linkage between client, MHAC staff, family, physician, therapist, state agency, rehabilitation team and external resources the client will access during rehabilitation and community re-entry.  The Coordinator assesses current status, needs and resources, assists in the planning of outcomes based on the participant's goals, locates and facilitates access to information, services, supports which support outcome goals, proactively monitors quality, timing and appropriateness of services, reassesses the process on an ongoing basis, and provides education, training, emotional support, and advocacy throughout the process.  In addition, the Coordinator determines the demands of the treatment and potential employment setting upon the patient, and the total resources available to the client.  The Coordinator collaborates with the client, family, state agencies, discharge planners/case managers, rehabilitation team, employer and community resources to ensure a successful transition to the employment setting with timeliness and durability of outcome.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
• Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree.
• License or certification related to addictions treatment or behavioral health preferred.
• Previous experience with motivational interviewing a plus. 
• Must have experience and/or a working knowledge of the criminal justice system.
• Must have experience and/or working knowledge of the Vocational Rehabilitation system. 
• Experience with the workforce development system a plus.

JOB DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
The focus of this position is to provide intensive case management to individuals diagnosed with a mental illness.  This position will work with clients and families who are living with a mental illness to identify concerns and needed/requested services to develop a plan of care. 
1. Conduct Intake and complete all required assessments with clients (i.e. Life Areas  Assessment) in order to create a transition plan.
2. Provide crisis intervention, information and referral resources, and case management  services.
3. Assess criminogenic needs of clients to determine how PACE can be of assistance and make appropriate referrals to other agencies when necessary. 
4. Ensure emergency basic needs are addressed immediately (i.e. food, temporary housing, transportation, clothing, etc.).
5. Make follow-up calls after all referrals are made.  Ensure all referrals are documented in case notes and in client's paper file. 
6. Ensure constant communication is made with the criminal justice monitoring agency (i.e. Probation/parole/community corrections officers, etc.) to inform them of services PACE is providing and recommendations on any additional service needed. 
7. Provide case notes for every intervention (i.e. appointment, phone call, etc.) in the client services database, Efforts to Outcomes (ETO). 
8. Ensure clients that are seeking employment complete all necessary PACE programming and that appropriate referrals to the PACE Director of Employment Services is made to ensure employment placement of all clients. 
9. Attend any and all meetings and trainings held in the community in reference to addressing mental health for the re-entry population. 
10. Review client medical and pertinent information and records. 
11. Meets with client within one to two working days to initiate treatment history review, discuss differences between treatment and vocational rehabilitation, and outcome goals. 
12. Make contact with family or patient representative within one to two working days and performs introductory function as described herein. 
13. Ensure completeness and accuracy of information.  Acts on behalf of client and  organization as to privacy of medical and social information.
14. Works closely with team and seeks supervision to assist in determining what service needs from the public or private sector the patient and family may require.
15. Facilitates and monitors the referral process to State Agencies, including the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, as needed, to promote timely service. 
16. Create, update and maintain the Restoring Recovery Program Manual. 
17. Assists client and family in positive advocacy methods in accessing receiving services.
18. Contacts each client at least every two weeks, and documents same, to assess needs and status.  
19. Maintain confidentiality and standards of ethical practice. 
20. Assist in training new PACE staff, interns and volunteers.
21. All other duties as assigned.

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