Dispositional Advisor -(2) - Minneapolis
State of Minnesota Board of Public Defense - Minneapolis, MN

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Under administrative direction and supervision, provides investigation, diagnostic and assessment of cases referred by staff attorneys for the purpose of formulating alternative treatment plans for clients charged in District or Juvenile Court.

Definition/Summary of Duties:
Consults with staff attorneys in case preparation; conducts assessment of client treatment needs; develops appropriate service plans for clients; gathers information; contacts agencies; schedules pre-placements, specialize testing, evaluations, and other services necessary for the formulation of alternative sentencing/disposition recommendations; advises client, staff attorneys, and Courts of resources available; presents recommendations to Courts regarding sentencing alternatives; monitors service plans of client; attends staffings, hearings, administrative reviews; maintains liaisons with Correction Departments and Social Service Agencies as well as Community Social Service and Mental Health Departments; consults with staff attorneys and other professionals regarding resources; identify, visits, and evaluates community resource agencies, sharing information with other support staff and attorneys on a on-going basis; conducts presentations to schools, community groups and organizations; attends conferences, seminars, and staff meetings; performs work as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the criminal justice system as it relates to Courts and defendants; knowledge of interviewing techniques; knowledge of available community resources.

Working ability to understand psychological, psychiatric and chemical dependency diagnosis and reports; working ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with defendants; working ability to utilize community resources in planning referral activities; working ability to relate to individuals from all social - economic levels; working ability to make thorough social history investigations and to analyze results; working ability to formulate plans for individual treatment of defendants.

Working skill in promoting the interest of the defendant with attorneys, agency personnel and community resources; working skill in oral and written communications; working skill in negotiations and mediations.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Sciences or Criminal Justice Studies and one year of experience working in the Criminal Justice or Social Service System. Five years of experience as a social worker in either corrections or a social services agency may be substituted for the Bachelor's Degree requirement.