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JJMHCP Grant Coordinator

Recruitment #21-002003-0002


The Office of the Public Defender is a statewide independent agency charged with providing superior legal representation to indigent defendants. The agency’s vision is Justice, Fairness and Dignity for All. Employees are committed to the core values of culture of excellence, client centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united in achieving the agency’s mission.

The Office of the Public Defender is seeking a social worker (LMSW) to serve as an essential team member on a federal grant to improve outcomes for justice involved youth with a mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders (MI/CMISA) and their families in Wicomico and Somerset Counties. This is a grant-funded position expected to run through September, 2023.




201 Baptist Street, Suite 26,  Salisbury, MD 21801

Main Purpose of Job

The Grant Coordinator will be a key member of the team working to develop and implement community-based alternatives to detention for justice-involved youth in Wicomico and Somerset Counties who have a mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder. This position is funded by a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Project (JJMHCP), and is expected to run through September 2023.

The JJMHCP project includes an initial planning period followed by full project implementation.  During the planning period, the Grant Coordinator will coordinate baseline data collection; the development of policies, protocols, and project materials; and outreach and engagement of relevant stakeholders. For the services implementation, the Coordinator will conduct mental health and substance abuse screenings and assessments of juvenile clients with OPD’s Lower Eastern Shore District, and then create and implement individualized service plans for participating youth. 

This project is a partnership with Maple Shade Youth & Family Services, Inc. a private non-profit agency, serving children and families on the Lower Eastern Shore.  The Grant Coordinator will collaborate closely with clinicians at Maple Shade to ensure coordinated delivery of services and with OPD attorneys on participants’ juvenile court proceedings. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate planning activities, including gathering data, helping to develop protocols,  and  completing OJJDP’s required Planning and Implementation Guide.              
  • Conduct screenings, needs assessments, and develop service plans for justice involved youth with MI/CMISA. 
  • Collaborate with OPD attorneys and Maple Shade treatment providers to coordinate treatment with the juvenile case. 
  • Conduct outreach about the program and services with the juvenile court and community stakeholders.
  • Assist with project reporting.


Education: Determined by the State Board of Social Work Examiners under the licensing requirements for Social Workers.

Experience: None


Currently licensed as an LMSW.

Background and experience in juvenile justice and/or mental health and co-occurring disorders.

Experience conducting screening interviews and assessments, and developing service plans.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Detail-oriented and able to meet internal and external deadlines.


1. Employees are required to be licensed as a Graduate Social Worker (on or by June 30, 2018), Master Social Worker (on or after July 1,2018, Certified Social Worker or Certified Social Worker-Clinical by the State Board of Social Work Examiners prior to appointment to a position in State service. Applicants who do not have a license may also apply pending receipt of the required license. When the license is obtained, submit a copy to the hiring department.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Employees are required to meet mandatory standards for continuing education as determined by the hiring department. Employees who fail to obtain the required continuing education credits shall be subject to disciplinary action including demotion, suspension and dismissal.

2.Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services must complete an approved training program in group counseling techniques.

3. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services may be required to complete the Level I Counseling course certified by the Maryland AIDS Professional Education Center.

4. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services are required to qualify for and successfully complete the Entry Level Training Academy operated by the Police and Correctional Training Commissions.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all experience and education that is related to this position. Applicants selected for interview will be required to complete a writing sample onsite during the interview process.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


Online applications preferred.  Please fax all paper applications and questionnaires to (410) 333-2260.

Inquiries regarding applications and submitting paper applications can be directed to: Office of the Public Defender, Human Resources Division, 6 Saint Paul Street, Suite 1304, Baltimore, MD 21202; or by calling (410) 767-8500, toll free: 877-430-5187; TTY users call Maryland Relay Service 800-735-2258. 

Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing. A paper copy of the MD State application form and questionnaire can be downloaded from the link below.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.