Under general direction, provides intensive outpatient supervision of caseloads of mentally disordered offenders released from state hospitals under parole; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.
This is a single position class responsible for coordinating with the courts, probation or parole, and law enforcement agencies in placement and supervision of mentally disordered offenders.
Interviews patients, facility staff and other personnel to compile pre-assessment reports for patients pending release; determines and recommends to the courts appropriate facility placement or release of patient.
Coordinates with correctional and law enforcement agencies, courts, and mental health agencies in treatment and supervision of patients; informs appropriate agencies of release agreement violations.
Provides on-going counseling and supervision of patients; participates in formulating goals and treatment plans for patients; assesses patient needs; ensures that prescribed services are available and provided to patient; monitors patient progress.
Prepares and maintains reports of patient status and progress; submits reports to medical staff, correctional agency personnel, court officials, and others involved in patient supervision and treatment.
Participates in supervision and treatment of resistive-to-treatment patients with records of high recidivism to acute in-patient care.
Participates in training programs designed to develop and maintain professional skills.
Education:Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major coursework in the social or behavioral sciences.
Experience:Three years of probation or parole work, mental health counseling, social casework in a public agency.
Substitution:Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis; a Master’s Degree in the social or behavioral sciences may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
Principles, practices and techniques of social casework; psychology as related to the socially maladjusted person; social and psychological aspects of mental illnesses; community treatment resources; California Welfare and Institution and Penal Code sections relating to mentally disordered offenders.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, mental health agencies, correctional and law enforcement agencies and other public and private agencies; assess and analyze needs and make appropriate recommendations; prepare comprehensive reports; express oneself clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.