Diversion Care Coordinator

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time
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The Jail Health Services Division of the Department of Public Health is seeking candidates for multiple positions of Social Services Professionals to join our Diversion team. Our team is responsible for overseeing the direct services of two diversion programs, Therapeutic Alternative Diversion (TAD) out of King County District Court and Community Diversion Program (CDP) out of King County Superior Court. These programs are a collaboration between King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, King County Executive Team and King County Public Health. Direct services are provided by our Care Coordinators serving Seattle & King County’s legally involved community members who have been referred to TAD or CDP. The goal of these programs is to divert those referred to TAD and CDP into community-based services rather than continued involvement in the mainstream legal system. Our team values collaboration, compassionate, client-centered, trauma-informed care models and aims to reduce systemic barriers to ensure desired service needs are met for those we work with.

The primary responsibilities of this position include screening, completion of a needs assessment and service connection with individuals who have been referred to CDP or TAD. The candidate chosen for this position will work as part of the Diversion Team. Members of this team are responsible for short-term case management/care coordination of CDP or TAD participants. The care coordinators work to identify and collaborate with community, medical, mental health, and social service providers to facilitate participants successful transition to and engagement with relevant services. The care coordinator will collaborate with the CDP or TAD participant and assist in reducing barriers to care, access to client stated service needs and stabilization for those experiencing crisis.

** Depending on candidate education, the positions may be classified as a Social Worker or Social Services Professional. Both classifications are at pay grade 53 on the Squared Salary Table.

Job Duties

  • Perform comprehensive, culturally sensitive psycho-social assessments, screen for mental health and substance use disorders, identify immediate concerns that inform the development of a service plan.
  • Ensure referrals have been made to relevant culturally appropriate, community-based providers that will serve the participant’s needs. 
  • For out-of-custody participants, ensuring the individual is being assisted with navigating various entitlement processes, housing, and access to treatment.
  • For in-custody participants, coordinate internal services through close collaboration with medical, psychiatric, nursing, dental, and pharmacy staff at KCCF/RJC and the staff of other King County departments (including the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention and the Department of Community and Human Services). 
  • Assist community-based service providers to establish, re-establish or maintain services with their clients. 
  • Provide forensic case management by closely monitoring a participant’s legal context to support the implementation of the service plan and completion of the program. 
  • Collaborate closely with defense attorneys as needed, city/county prosecutors and community-based providers as authorized by the CDP or TAD participant to support the effective completion of the program.
  • Maintain a broad working knowledge and good working relationship with key community-based providers, defense attorneys, city/county prosecutors and DAJD or other corrections personnel when relevant. 
  • Identify and foster new possibilities for effective collaboration with community-based providers. 
  • Provide emotional support, trauma-informed care, and/or assessment for suicidal ideation to participants in crisis. 
  • Provide supportive guidance to improve the potential for service engagement.
  • Serve on workgroups and committees working to assure appropriate standards of client care by centering client needs and programmatic concerns within the Jail Health Services Department.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a social science and at least two years recent, relevant work experience. Qualifying work experience may substitute year for year of education.
  • Experience with adults presenting with multiple and complex challenges requiring multiple system involvement for resolution. 
  • Experience providing social services for individuals with current or historical involvement with the criminal legal system. 
  • Experience providing recovery, or recovery-related service connection for clients with substance use disorders, including referral and linkage to inpatient, outpatient and/or medication assisted treatment
  • Knowledge of specific challenges, trauma responses, behavior and needs for those experiencing legal involvement, housing instability, poverty, substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses compounded by discrimination and oppression. 
  • Knowledge of protocols and methodology for assessment, evaluation and documenting physical, psychological, and mental development.
  • Knowledge of client centered, trauma informed, cultural humility care practices 
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques, including assessment for risk of suicide or harm to self or others. 
  • Knowledge of and skill in utilizing quality assurance and data collection techniques.
  • Skill in fostering client self-determination within the therapeutic alliance. 
  • Ability to effectively engage patients in a therapeutic relationship, and ability to work with patients by telephone as well as in person.
  • Ability to set and maintain appropriate professional and therapeutic boundaries.
  • Ability to successfully obtain agency affiliated counselor status within probationary period. 
  • Ability to learn and effectively use electronic health record systems. 
  • Ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.
Selection Process
This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing interviewing, and a thorough background check. For more information on our selection process, please refer to http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs/applying.aspx.
Additional Information: 
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.
Public Health - Jail Health Servicesfollows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution; 
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or, 
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above.
Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether or not to hire or promote anyone. This is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.

Union Affiliation: Positions in this classification are represented by: Union represenation is dependent on assigned classification. Social Services Professional - Non-represented; Social Worker- represented by PROTEC17.

Contact: If you have further questions or need assistance please contact Molly Jensen at molly.jensen@kingcounty.gov or (206) 477-1383.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Do you have experience providing direct services for individuals with current or historical legal involvement?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #1, please describe your experience providing direct services for individuals with current or historical involvement with the legal system. If you answered no, please indicate experience which you believe to be transferable. If you do not have any experience, then type N/A.
Do you have experience providing direct services from the following frameworks: Harm Reduction, Trauma-Informed, Client-Centered, Strengths based and/or Cultural Humility?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #3, please describe your experience providing direct service from the following frameworks: Harm Reduction, Trauma-Informed, Client-Centered, Strengths based and/or Cultural Humility? If you answered no then please describe experience which you think is transferable. If you do not have any experience, then type N/A.
Do you have experience coordinating services for complex client needs such as medical, mental health, substance use disorders and/or co-occurring conditions for clients with behavioral and/or legal histories that pose challenges and barriers to placement?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #5, please describe your experience coordinating services and the type of services you have coordinated. If you answered no then please describe experience which you think is transferable. If you do not have any experience, then type N/A.
Do you have experience working with community-based services in King County for our legally involved community members?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #7, please describe your experience working with community-based services in King County for our legally involved community members. If you answered "no" then type N/A.
Diversion is a part of legal reform. How does working in a program like this fit into your personal philosophy and professional goals?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #9, please describe how working in a diversion program fits into your personal philosophy and professional goals. If you answered "no" then type N/A.
Do you have experience promoting equity and social justice in an organization and/or in community?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #11, please describe your experience promoting equity and social justice in an organization and/or community. If you answered "no" then type N/A.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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Auburn, WA