Criminal Justice Advocacy—Vital Case Manager
**Please include your personal Cover Letter with all Applications**
**Starting at $48,000, DOE**
REACH Mission and Values:
The REACH Program of Evergreen Treatment Services works with individuals experiencing homelessness and behavioral health conditions to help them achieve stability and improved quality of life. Through outreach, engagement, and ongoing relationships REACH focuses on reducing harm and supporting healing. REACH bridges gaps and helps individuals access essential resources such as housing, health care, entitlements and treatment.
The REACH Team is passionate about creating a hospitable and welcoming environment for all people while providing quality services on an individually tailored basis to our clientele. REACH values diversity, is committed to racial equity and social justice, and appreciates hard work, creativity, and a good sense of humor.
The Vital Program of REACH serves people in King County who are most frequently arrested and aims to transform the criminal legal system through community partnerships, advocacy and the empowerment of those most directly impacted. The Vital Care Coordinator will maintain a caseload of 15 clients and work in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary clinical care team including a primary care ARNP, a psychiatric ARNP, a registered nurse, an occupational therapist and a behavioral health counselor. With the permission of the program participants, designated prosecutorial liaisons from the city and county prosecutors’ offices participate in ongoing legal coordination and collaboration with the care team. This unique partnership was envisioned for the shared goal of reducing the participant’s criminal legal involvement through increased, meaningful engagement in the community and improved quality of life.
Job Functions Include:
- Provide re-entry support, engagement and intensive case management to adults experiencing behavioral health challenges who have been repeatedly incarcerated and not effectively engaged in needed services
- Develop rapport and a trusting relationship with clients through respectful outreach and client-centered engagement practices
- Provide advocacy and support for participants within the criminal legal system including court appearances and written communication
- Meet clients where they are, either on the streets or at other service facilities (including jail, hospitals and court), to offer services and establish a working relationship
- Assist clients in obtaining housing and maintaining housing stability
- Assist clients with establishing and maintaining primary medical care and addressing chronic health conditions
- Work in a fast-paced environment with people whose behavior may be affected by substances, untreated mental and/or physical health challenges.
- Advocate for the client with a wide variety of other service providers
- Identify gaps and barriers in available community resources and advocate for systemic changes
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all Vital partners including King County and City of Seattle Prosecutor’s, Harborview and Plymouth Housing Group.
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Three years in social work or outreach programs
- Local travel on behalf of the agency
- Understanding of harm reduction along with a demonstrated passion for serving individuals experiencing homelessness and co-occurring behavioral health conditions
- Commitment to racial equity and social justice
- Undergraduate degree
- Academic training in the social service field and in the area of substance use disorder and mental health treatment