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Detention Screener

at Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc

Posted: 3/18/2019
Job Reference #: 1318

Job Description

Characteristics of Position:

This position provides assessment for mental healthand substance use issues, basic integrated and supported individual, family andgroup education, advocacy, linkage, coordination, problem-solving andmonitoring of clients to optimize the functioning of individuals with substancedisorders or co-occurring substance and mental disorders and promotingstabilization, rehabilitation and recovery. This is a full time position located at theJuvenile Assessment Center (JAC) in Tampa, Florida.

Location: Tampa, Florida


  • Understanding Behavior - Understands applicable theories of addiction and human behavior; recognizes the risk and resiliency components of the personal, environmental, social and cultural contexts; co-occurring competent; analyzes and distinguishes between the contributing interactions of physical, social, behavioral, psychological and social factors.
  • Treatment Knowledge - Versed in science based treatment philosophy, models and practice; incorporates the use of other disciplines, family, social networks and community resources in support of individual recovery; utilizes outcome measures in evaluating performance.
  • Application to Practice - Effectively matches client needs to appropriate levels and modalities of care; individualizes strategies and interventions to individual client recovery needs, preferences, readiness, stage of change and unique co-occurring disorder, language, gender and cultural considerations; makes optimum therapeutic use of client crises; incorporates and utilizes pharmaceutic interventions as appropriate; adheres to the fidelity of selected practice models.
  • Professional Readiness - Understands and respects diverse cultures and cultural differences; comfortable with and responds to persons with disabilities; evidences personal awareness of strengths, limitations and biases; behaves ethically and adheres to professional standards of conduct; pursues guidance and supervision and continuous professional development opportunities; remains aware of personal and professional limits in knowledge and expertise.
  • Technical Capabilities - Proficient in the use of Electronic Health Records; effectively utilizes electronic medium (internet, intranet, phones, etc.) to communicate and stay abreast of changes in the field and political and community environments; thoroughly documents and records professional events, activities and transactions.
  • Business Acumen - Knowledgeable of support and benefits available to clients and aggressively works to enable client access to those resources; proficient in the matching and billing of services provided to appropriate fund sources and maintaining audit compliant backup documentation; consistently meets or exceeds established case load size and productivity standards.
  • Professional - Behaves ethically; presents a professional image in appearance, communications and demeanor; adheres to agency scheduling policy; follows program activity schedules; committed to personal professional development.
  • Analytical - Establishes a helping relationship with the person receiving services by demonstrating empathy, respect, and genuineness in order to build trust; assists in gathering information about basic and community living of the person receiving services to be used in the assessment process.
  • Leadership - Seeks to participate in effective approaches and training to enhance job skills; seek opportunities to mentor new staff; ability to recognize unsafe behaviors, situations, and environments to maintain the safety and well-being of persons receiving services, staff and community members.


  • Bachelor's in human services or other relevant field and one year of case management or related experience.
  • All ACTS, Inc. employees must be able and willing to work when expected to accommodate program and/or agency needs, participate in the agency's Quality Improvement Program and attend all assigned/required trainings, practice on-the-job safety at all times, and demonstrate the ability to communicate and work with others and be respectful of peers, supervisors, clients, guests, etc. If required by contract or administrative rule, must fully participate in NAPPI (crisis intervention) training and able to apply same to work setting.

Physical/Safety/Health Considerations: Sit, stand, walk, lift, and carry

Qualityof Work Expected: Levelcommensurate with satisfactory Case Management performance

Quantityof Work Expected:Commensurate with level necessaryto fully meet obligations

Supervision:Work is performed under thedirection of the Program Supervisor, Director or Administrator. This positiondoes not provide supervision to others.

Scope ofResponsibility: Conductsinterviews to assess social, legal, medical psychological and educational needsof client; provides casework services to assist clients in obtaining social,educational and vocational goals.

Engagesclients to talk and communicates empathically about their addiction or mentalillness, medications and recovery to promote understanding of theirillness/illnesses and hope for recovery.

CoreResponsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Complete admission and orientation documentation; may administer or interpret screening/assessment instruments.
  • Develop plans, which include services to accomplish habilitation or rehabilitation.
  • Document all clients' contacts, care and response, maintain records and updated rosters collect data and prepare reports as mandated by program procedure within agency standards and timeframes.
  • Attend and serve as advocate for client in court hearings.
  • Maintain a comprehensive listing of community resources, including social, legal and educational providers.
  • Attend scheduled interdisciplinary treatment team meeting or clinical supervisory sessions and discusses aspects of client's care and progress (or lack of same); may participate in other meetings/events as assigned.
  • Recognize and promptly/appropriately assist as needed in crisis situations to minimize incidents of hospitalization or incarceration; report treatment needs of clients to clinical personnel and supervisor; recognize client's comprehensive needs and discusses with interdisciplinary treatment team.
  • Complete documentation including but not limited to behavioral progress reports, incident reports, grievances, injury reports, client eligibility, enrollment, tracking, lease agreements, billing and related documentation as required.
  • Perform related work as requested / required.

PROGRAMSPECIFIC: The program includes the following duties and responsibilitiesfor this position:

  • Duties include spending a majority of time screening clients for Detention status for youth not Diversion eligible based on screening criteria
  • Provides guidance to JAC Intake Workers regarding coordination of client services and policies / procedures
  • Completes required documents for review and submission within required time frames
  • Provide casework services to assist clients in obtaining social, educational and vocational goals
  • Coordinates client release
  • Serves as back-up to the Diversion Screening Unit

SpecializedDuties/ Tasks

  • Must possess valid Florida Drivers' License, industry accepted driving history and maintain vehicle insurance required by State of Florida. If required to drive an ACTS' vehicle, must maintain drivers' license and history as listed above and participate in all transportation-related training activities, including on-the-road driving test relative to appropriate and safe operation of motor vehicles.
  • Attends unit and individual supervision meetings; may participate in other meetings/events as assigned

The omission of specific statements does notpreclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if suchduties are a logical assignment to position.

ACTS is an EEO/AA DFWP Employer.

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