Coordinator - Mental Health Developmental Disability Court
This is an unclassified position that serves at the pleasure of the Court. This position will be dedicated to Common Pleas Court Mental Health Developmental Disability (MHDD) Court and will work extensively with the MHDD Court judges and Common Pleas Court staff. The Coordinator’s primary function is to oversee all MHDD Court operations. The position recommends, plans, develops and coordinates the continuing implementation of the MHDD Court program. This position works closely with the Presiding and Administrative Judge, the MHDD Court Judges, Court Administration, the Court's Community Outreach Coordinator, Court Psychiatric Clinic, other specialty court dockets and Probation Administration. This position will work in close collaboration with the ADAMHS and DD Boards, community behavioral health providers, the Jail Liaisons program, state psychiatric hospital systems, County Jail Administration and other criminal justice partners.
$60,932.30 - $73,591.70
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Overseeing the daily operations of the MHDD Court and managing the Court’s mission;
2. Development and evaluation of MHDD Court goals, measures and outcomes;
3. Coordination and participation in MHDD Court Treatment Team Staffing hearings;
4. Assisting in the creation and implementation of procedures and policies to improve outcomes for the MHDD Court;
5. Providing guidance and technical assistance to Common Pleas Court departments and staff, Probation Officers and behavioral health service providers and attorneys;
6. Assisting the Judges in maintaining community support for necessary services and in fostering continued collaboration between the criminal justice and treatment agencies involved with the program;
7. On-going analysis and review of work and case flow issues and governing local rules;
8. Managing the agency linkage database within the Court’s Criminal Information systems while coordinating with ADAMHS Board, DD Board, correctional staff and jail medical staff for incarcerated clients;
9. Managing the Pre-Arraignment docket with MHDD Court Judges;
10. Maintaining and overseeing the Court’s referral process for state psychiatric hospital system admissions;
11. Development and management of the Court's general and advanced MHDD Attorney Training series by providing local and national experts in the fields of mental health and criminal justice and assisting in the maintenance of the MHDD approved counsel list;
12. Preparing educational and community outreach presentations for MHDD Judges, Court personnel and MHDD team members to promote team integrity and coordinate team training (e.g., assess training needs, identify training opportunities and coordinate attendance to trainings); and review of relevant literature;
13. Coordinating the Court’s Mental Health Awareness month activities with the Court’s Community Outreach Coordinator involving educational presentation and community activities;
14. Assisting with preparation of original and updated content on the Court's MHDD Website;
15. Preparing the MHDD Court Annual Report for publication;
16. Providing technical assistance in the administration of the MHDD Court program and consulting with the MHDD Court Judges on a wide range of organizational and managerial issues including, but not limited to, MHDD Court efficiency and internal and external quality assurance;
17. Assisting the County’s Stepping Up Initiative, under the direction of the co-chairs, by maintaining strategic planning efforts with the Executive Taskforce committee and priority sub-committees to decrease the number of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness within the criminal justice system;
18. Identifying and pursuing local, state, federal, community and private funding sources in conjunction with the Corrections Planning Board to support the program while also providing assistance and oversight for contracts and pilot projects;
19. Maintaining MHDD Court program administrative files; preparing and disseminating program correspondences, required reports, handbooks, manuals, brochures, and program statistical information;
20. Establishing relationships between MHDD Court programs, MHDD Court team members, Court employees, inter/intra-agency network communications, media, and the public (federal and local) including, but not limited to, surveys, and community/client based outreach activities/events;
21. Maintaining formal statistical analysis and evaluation through data collection and entry, summarizing data, and production of reports.
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
1. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with Judges, staff, Court employees, attorneys, litigants, and the public;
2. Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information and the highest ethical standards;
3. Experience in outcomes evaluation, grants management, and strategic planning and management;
4. Superior organizational and management skills;
5. Possess a working knowledge of MH and DD populations;
6. Knowledgeable about guiding laws and legislation;
7. Strong understanding of Sequential Intercept model;
8. Ability to work independently and organize and prioritize duties;
9. Ability to work effectively and in a professional manner when under stress and confronted with tight deadlines;
10. General understanding with Court operations and processes;
11. Effective time management, reliability and punctuality;
12. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and statistical software applications;
13. Ability to work remotely and use remote conferencing applications, e.g. Zoom;
14. Professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
Education and Experience
B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university plus three (3) years of criminal justice and/or treatment community related work experience. Preferred: Master’s level degree in Behavioral Science, Criminal Justice Administration, Business or Public Administration, Human Relations, Counseling, Social Work, or related field(s), plus five (5) years of experience in managerial, upper level administrative, or supervisory capacity. LISW a plus.
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 environment with no unusual demands or exposure to hazardous situations. Frequent contact is made with judges, magistrates and other employees of Common Pleas Court, attorneys, criminal defendants, particularly those with mental health and developmental disability issues, and the general public.
The normal hours of operation are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. This position may require some work beyond normal hours, including evenings and weekends to accommodate the Mental Health Court dockets.
Qualified applicants may be required to provide writing samples. Proof of education and employment references will be required before final interview. Valid Ohio Driver’s License required. The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas requires submission to a criminal history background check and drug testing for employment. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and a resume by 4:30 PM on Friday, August 14, 2020, to:
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
Gregory Popovich, Court Administrator
1200 Ontario Street
Justice Center 11th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
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The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas requires submission to a criminal history background check and drug testing
prior to employment.
All applicants will receive notification of their application status. No phone calls or e-mails please. Reasonable accommodation is available to all employees and applicants. If you have a disability that needs accommodation, please contact the Director of Human Resources for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court at 216-443-8560.