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Behavioral Health Specialist


(Sr. Case Manager -LMSW)


POSTED: 4/13/17

Location:        Queens (Long Island City)                            Hours: TBD

Salary:            $60,000                                                      Status: Full Time; Exempt


The Criminal Justice Agency (CJA), a non-profit organization under contract with the City of New York to provide pre-trial and research services to the courts, operates a Supervised Release Program in Queens Criminal Court.

The program, which operates during the day and night court in Queens, screens targeted defendants for release at criminal court arraignment, subject to specific conditions including maintaining face-to-face and telephone contact with the program, participating in a an assessment process to identify needs such as substance abuse and mental health, and agreeing to program monitoring of court appearances and re-arrests.

This is a great opportunity for a dynamic, knowledgeable individual, experienced in dealing with high needs populations such as those with mental health diagnosis, at-risk youth and others with social, emotional or developmental challenges; who have criminal court involvement. 


  • Conduct psycho-social assessments and diagnosis for new intakes to the program.
  • Manage and provide counseling to targeted caseloads of adults and adolescents who are living with serious mental illness (SMI) and substance abuse disorders (SUD).
  • Support the Case Managers in assessing the immediate needs of individuals living with SMI/SUD and adolescents who are involved in the criminal justice system, and make appropriate referrals.     
  • Maintain face-to-face and telephone contact with participants, including home visits
  • Maintain communication with defense attorneys, and referral agencies until transfer or completion of reporting responsibilities.
  • Update computerized case management files accordingly to produce periodic reports on client compliance.
  • Appear and advocate in court regarding clients’ compliance as necessary.
  • Develop and engage clients in treatment plans and goal setting.    


  • LMSW or LMHC required, and 3 years of related experience working with SMI or SUD adults or adolesdents.

  • Knowledge of NYC Court operations, preferred

  • LCSW, a plus



DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: May 14, 2017 or until filled.

TO APPLY: Submit Cover Letter and Resume to the attention of the Director of Court Programs

Note: Only those candidates being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please.

CJA offers a very generous benefit plan including health, dental and vision insurance, four weeks vacation, paid holidays and a retirement plan with employer matching contributions.

The New York City Criminal Justice Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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