Mitigation Specialist
King County - Seattle, WA

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The Defender Association Division (TDAD) King County Department of Public Defense is hiring a full-time mitigation specialist. TDAD represents indigent clients charged with misdemeanors, felonies, and juvenile crimes. TDAD also represents clients in civil commitments, dependencies, and 71.09 cases.

This position will provide assessment, counseling, mitigation and release planning services to clients in our 71.09 practice. These are clients who are being prosecuted under the sexual violent predator statute. . This is a full-time position .

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants. Applicant must pass a criminal history background check both with the County and with the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention.

WHERE TO APPLY: Interested individuals should submit an online King County application, respond to the supplemental questions, and attach a cover letter and solely authored writing sample .

WORK SCHEDULE : This position is covered by the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is overtime eligible. The work week is normally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

WORK LOCATION: This position is located at 810 Third Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98104

RECRUITER : Terry Howard, email: terry.howard@kingcounty.gov , phone: (206) 263-1462 and Cindy Donion, email cindy.donion@defender.org

This position will remain open until filled; however, first considertion will be given to those candidates who apply before October 10, 2013. .

Job Duties:

Sex Offender Commitment (SOC) mitigation specialist works with clients who have been petitioned for commitment under RCW 71.09 Sex Offender Commitment statute, The social worker conducts psychosocial assessments of clients to identify treatment needs, assists the attorney with case preparation, and identifies conditions necessary to provide the least restrictive environment for clients held under RCW 71.09. She/he may testify in court regarding these plans and provide support at a variety of court hearings. The social worker may also provide therapeutic crisis intervention, supportive counseling, and case management. Defense social workers must understand and adhere to requirements of confidentiality and attorney-client privilege, unless and until such confidentiality or privilege is waived by the clients.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The SOC social worker is expected to advocate for community-based treatment and support for SOC clients. These clients frequently have co-occurring disorders (mental health and chemical dependency), a history as victims of domestic violence, developmental or organic brain impairment, and/or are homeless (or will be after their release). To be effective, the SOC social worker must be thoroughly familiar with the community mental health and sexual deviancy treatment providers, local psychiatric hospitals, DSHS and chemical dependency services, social security administration, and with housing and other agencies that are willing to serve this population. Hershel must be able to interact with representatives of those institutions in a professional manner. The SOC social worker drafts declarations for the Court to present alternatives to civil commitment. The SOC social work executes the release plans he/she developed. This may require transporting clients to multiple appointments and providing comprehensive case management until linkage to community services is established.

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Interview clients at the SCC, in court, in the office, out in the community, or the King County Jail. Develop client relationships through visits, phone calls and letters.
  • Complete psychosocial assessments that are based on client and family interviews, review of records, and collateral interviews. Use assessments to determine coping skills, competency issues, strengths, placement needs, treatment needs, and to respond to crises.
  • Research alternatives to civil commitment and make appropriate referrals to community service.
  • Provide supportive counseling and therapeutic crisis intervention.
  • Speak in court regarding clients’ need for services, appropriate treatment programs, and family and community support.
  • Negotiate and collaborate with treatment professionals, ADATSA and DSHS staff, and other concerned parties to obtain funding, determine eligibility for services, and set up necessary treatment services.
  • Seek out clinical supervision on psychological issues and consultation on cultural issues.
  • Assist with supervision of both bachelor’s level and Master’s level social work interns or other interns/volunteers.
  • Handle non-SOC misdemeanor, felony or dependency matters as they relate to civil commitment cases or as backup to other social work staff.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

Experience working with defendants in the criminal justice system

Ability to work with clients with all different types of sex offense history.

Ability to work with people suffering from personality disorders, lawyers, judges, and psychologists.

Ability and willingness to travel to correctional facilities and client homes throughout the State of Washington,

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Ability to pass criminal history background check

Licensure as LICSW or other mental health professional preferred

Experience or knowledge regarding sex offender specific treatment preferred.
  • Research alternatives to civil commitment and make appropriate referrals to community service.
  • Provide supportive counseling and therapeutic crisis intervention.
  • Speak in court regarding clients’ need for services, appropriate treatment programs, and family and community support.
  • Negotiate and collaborate with treatment professionals, ADATSA and DSHS staff, and other concerned parties to obtain funding, determine eligibility for services, and set up necessary treatment services.
  • Seek out clinical supervision on psychological issues and consultation on cultural issues.
  • Assist with supervision of both bachelor’s level and Master’s level social work interns or other interns/volunteers.
  • Handle non-SOC misdemeanor, felony or dependency matters as they relate to civil commitment cases or as backup to other social work staff.
Knowledge/Skills
  • MSW or MA from an accredited graduate school.
  • Awareness of national and state policy issues and debate on deterring criminal behaviors, rights of incarcerated populations, and effective rehabilitative models.
  • Awareness of Washington’s SVP statute and its application
  • Understanding of psychological diagnosis of sexual behaviors and treatment approaches.
  • Knowledge of criminal procedure, laws, legal terminology, SCC, and the King County Jail system.
  • Familiarity with court proceedings and progression of SVP cases through the court system.
  • Knowledge of: adult development, symptoms of emotional/physical/sexual abuse, domestic violence syndrome, mental illness, competency, psychological/neurological testing, psychotropic medications and side effects, treatment approaches for the mentally ill, medical terminology/procedures, addiction, effects of illicit drugs on behavior, effective treatment strategies, relapse prevention.
  • Knowledge of ethical obligations, restrictions, confidentiality requirements, rules governing attorney-client relationships or communication.
  • Broad experience with chemical dependency and serious mental health issues, including Axis II diagnoses.
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with attorneys, treatment providers and criminal justice system personnel.
  • Extensive knowledge of city, county and regional community resources and funding sources.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to issues of race, culture, gender, and socioeconomic class.
  • Strong clinical and assessment skills, with the ability to formulate detailed psychosocial assessments for persons with severe mental health and chemical dependency issues.
  • Skill in crisis intervention and suicide prevention in high-risk populations.

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