TASC Assessment Specialist
This is an unclassified position that serves at the pleasure of the Court. The TASC Assessment Specialist provides clinical treatment interventions to substance-involved adults referred by the criminal justice system. A TASC Assessment Specialist may function within several therapeutic roles including:
• Interviewing and assessing substance-involved and/or co-occurring disordered clients in order to obtain information and utilize various assessment tools to assist themin achieving a successful probation supervision experience;
• Developing individualized case management services that provide information, direction and resources in areas of need such as substance abuse treatment, food, shelter, clothing, and medical care as identified in the assessment report.
• Conducting group-based therapeutic interventions in an Out-Patient or Intensive Outpatient format (i.e.) MATRIX, Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM), and other Evidence Based treatment Interventions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Include the following:
1. Meeting individually with clients and/or families with a focus on reducing substance abuse, recidivism, and a broad range of pertinent issues, including family violence, sexual abuse/incest;
2. Developing individualized treatment plans;
3. Functioning effectively as a member of a clinical team;
4. Maintaining case and client records; recording client progress in computer database; maintaining case documentation (e.g., entering collect data, progress notes and all other relevant information to assist clients and to comply with program requirements; reviewing and verifying all documentation submitted to support request for assistance in accordance with program guidelines; explaining their rights, responsibilities, required actions, and other available services to clients based on the clients’ ability to be successful);
5. Preparing and compiling social histories, summarizing court documents and monitoring client adjustment;
6. Developing and obtaining ancillary services in the areas of employment, housing, health and education;
7. Conducting individual, group and/or family counseling and/or psycho-educational sessions for substance abuse-involved adults with a focus on reducing recidivism;
8. Monitoring adult progress in the community;
9. Reviewing clinical assessments of clients for the purpose of reporting and determining appropriateness of client for groups and programs;
10. Evaluating clients for chemical dependence issues; assessing changes in client condition/treatment needs;
11. Monitoring client progress through phone calls, site visits and case management appointments;
12. Advocating for needed treatment and services for clients;
13. Acting as liaison between the court/criminal justice system and treatment services;
14. Maintaining on-going contact with the services providers;
15. Preparing written reports and client progress reports; preparing discharge plans, time logs and statistics;
16. Maintaining professional knowledge in applicable areas and keeping abreast of changes in job-related rules, statutes, and laws; making recommendations for the implementation of changes; reading and interpreting professional literature; attending training programs, workshops and seminars;
17. Performing other related duties as required and/or assigned.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Other duties may be assigned.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following:
- Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication and interviewing skills (e.g., ability to listen effectively, explain complex issues in a comprehensible manner, prepare accurate and logical reports pertinent to defendant);
- Ability to counsel clients effectively (e.g., assess and resolve problems, motivate to pro-social behavior);
- Knowledge of criminal justice system, current research and trends in the field of community corrections (e.g., evidence-based practices) in order to work within the Court and community corrections field effectively;
- Knowledge of available treatment services, particularly related to substance abuse and chemical dependency;
- Ability to make recommendations and decisions (e.g., assessment risk and need, analyzing assessment information and other available tools to make recommendations which meet a client’s needs and criminal justice system requirements);
- Ability to operate a variety of office equipment in the completion of essential functions (e.g., telephone, facsimile, photocopier, calculator and personal computer with word processing, spreadsheet, and/or database software, electronic mail system and internet browser);
- Ability to work collaboratively, constructively and positively in a team environment; ability to build constructive working relationships to meet mutual goals and objectives;
- Effective time management, reliability and punctuality;
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and organize and prioritize duties;
- Ability to work effectively and in a professional manner when under stress and confronted with severe time constraints;
- Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information and maintain the highest ethical standards;
- Ability to interact professionally on a regular basis with a diverse population within the Court’s jurisdiction, including people from many different geographic, socioeconomic, religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds;
- Professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
Education and Experience
Required: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or Counseling or related field; and a minimum of Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Ohio; and an existing (or eligibility for) Medicaid Provider Number.
Preferred: Master’s degree in the aforementioned disciplines with one (1) year of counseling experience, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here represent those an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job. The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position requires working in a normal Court and office environment with no unusual demands or exposure to hazardous situations, and potentially in a jail environment, where there may be some contact with inmates who may uncooperative, disruptive and potentially violent, requiring the ability to assess, de-escalate and appropriately respond to unpredictable and potentially volatile and high risk situations. However, security is on the premises. Frequent contact occurs with defendants and their families, co-workers and other court personnel and agencies.
The normal hours of operation are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. This position may require work beyond normal hours, including evenings and weekends. Some travel may be required.
Proof of education, licensure, COVID-19 vaccination and employment references will be required before final interview. The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas requires submission to a criminal history background check and drug testing prior to employment. Valid Ohio Driver’s License is required. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and resume to:
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
Gregory Popovich, Court Administrator
1200 Ontario Street
Justice Center 11th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
This position will remain open until filled.
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All applicants will receive notification of their application status. No phone calls or e-mails please.
Reasonable accommodation may be available to qualified employees and applicants; please contact the Director of Human Resources for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court at 216-443-8562.