MIO Program Coordinator

GENERAL FUNCTION:

Responsible for providing assessment, intervention and referral for mentally ill persons who have been arrested or are nearing release from jail.  Appropriate alternatives are recommended to the prosecutor, and the offender is enrolled in community-based programs for which he or she is eligible.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Program Director

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Mental Health Professional as defined in WAC.

  • Masters Degree in a social services discipline or related field

  • Two years experience providing services to severely and persistently mentally ill adults or emotionally disturbed children

  • Extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of serious and persistent mental illness

  • Experience with mentally ill offenders desirable.

  • Strong diagnostic and clinical skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, triaging and meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines

  • Ability to relate in a positive and calming way to persons in crisis

  • Demonstrated commitment to underserved and disadvantaged populations

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues

  • Ability to work with the public and peers in a professional and knowledgeable manner

  • Ability to work independently

  • No criminal history

  • Ability to demonstrate cooperative behavior with supervisors

  • Ability to speak, read and write English

  • Clear and legible handwriting or printing

TYPICAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assess the mental health needs of individuals who have been arrested or who are nearing release from jail, and make appropriate referrals;

  • Provide crisis intervention for incarcerated individuals;

  • Provide close cooperation with courts and prosecution and defense attorneys, as well as jail staff;

  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with area providers and advocates for the mentally ill;

  • Maintain timely, accurate and complete records and data collection;

  • Develop, monitor, and modify program protocols;

  • Provide training to police, sheriff, and jail personnel

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Ability to work within a locked institutional setting