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Advocates is seeking an independent, motivated, enthusiastic clinical professional to join our expanding team!
Advocates promotes a healthy work-life balance and offers many generous perks of employment and room for advancement. We are a strong-knit community that values the ideas and contributions of our staff.
The Jail Diversion Social Worker works in conjunction with the police department and our Psychiatric Emergency Services division to provide psychiatric and substance abuse evaluations to needing program participants.
Are you ready to make a difference?
Accompany first-responding officers to call-out situations, promoting an ethical, structured, healthy and helpful environment. Serve as clinical liaison to Police Department personnel.
Provide psychiatric and substance abuse evaluation of individuals and families in crisis in police custody, community, clinic, and hospital settings.
Provide crisis intervention services including crisis case management and short-term crisis counseling as follow-up from initial evaluation.
Maintain linkages with community services by providing documented case consultations and problem resolution, and referring individuals to appropriate services.
Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of managed care and health insurance systems; provide other clinicians with managed care information and resources pertinent to the crises being managed.
Participate in cross training of police personnel and Psychiatric Emergency Service (PES) staff.
Master's Degree in related counseling field and a minimum of two years’ experience in crisis intervention (inpatient, outpatient, resident acceptable).
Must hold a valid driver’s license and have access to an operational and insured vehicle.
Excellent client intake, interviewing and assessment skills.
Proactive, ethical, creative and enthusiastic approach and strong interpersonal skills.
Ability to develop and maintain satisfactory working relationships with employees and providers.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated understanding of and competence in serving culturally diverse populations.
Full-time Advocates professionals enjoy many perks of employment, including but not limited to:
• Competitive compensation
• Endless growth opportunities
• Comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance options
• Generous earned time
• Tuition reimbursement
• Career training tools
• Employee Assistance Program
Founded in 1975 by a group of volunteers providing patient reh...abilitation services on the grounds of Westborough State Hospital, Advocates is now one of the largest human services organizations in the state. Today, Advocate employs over 1000 staff members and serves 20,000 individuals at over 100 sites across Eastern and Central Massachusetts.
Our commitment to meeting the needs of individuals facing diverse life challenges has given rise to a broad range of community based services, including: Residential Supports, Outpatient Mental Health, Outpatient Addiction, Psychiatric Emergency Services, Home-Based Services for Children and Families, Community Justice, Family Supports, Employment and Vocational Services, and Day Habilitation.
Services are designed to meet the unique needs of elders, families and individuals with mental health challenges, addiction, developmental/intellectual disabilities, autism, brain injury and other life challenges. Advocates is a nationally recognized provider for adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults with disabilities and individuals with developmental and co-occuring mental health needs. Our culturally sensitive programs and supports serve individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.
At the heart of all Advocates services is a commitment to partnering with the individuals we support and, where appropriate, their family members, so that they can lead full and satisfying lives of their own design. We practice a person-centered approach that respects the unique needs, wishes and abilities of each individual.