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Forensic Community Coordinator

at State of Georgia

Posted: 9/11/2019
Job Reference #: HEA04BL
Keywords: office

Job Description

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Healthand Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) serves people of all ages who have anintellectual disability or defined closely related developmental disabilities(such as autism, cerebral palsy, and seizure disorder), and those withadditional dual diagnoses (ID and other psychiatric disorders).


The main office for DBHDD islocated in downtown Atlanta. DBHDD has regional offices throughout the state,including five regional hospitals.

This position is based in Thomasville and is a teleworking position. Hours are Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm.

The Forensic Community Coordinatorwill serve as a liaison between the consumer, the court, the community, and thehospital; working under the supervision of Forensic State Office. Essentialcomponents include:

  • Identifying viable communitybehavioral health treatment options for State and Superior Courts seekingtreatment as alternatives to incarceration.
  • Developand maintain a working relationship with other agencies in the community tostay current about available resources
  • Serve as liaison between courtsand community programs to facilitate service acquisition for individuals
  • Providing case management andeducational sessions focused on competency remediation for individuals orderedby the State, Superior or Juvenile Court to receive these services in thecommunity.
  • Provideeducational training to individuals mandated to outpatient competencyremediation services.
  • Alertforensic psychologist assigned to the case of competency status.
  • Documentationof sessions and provision of information to evaluating forensic psychologist.
  • Coordinateswith Forensic State Office to ensure that the statewide community restorationtracking system is updated.
  • Facilitate referrals to otherbehavioral health treatment programs if needed.
  • Providing case management andoversight of individuals who have been adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason ofInsanity (NGRI) and conditionally released or have been adjudicated NotCompetent to Stand Trial and Not Restorable (IST-NR) and released on civiloutpatient commitment / bond with mental health monitoring.
  • Regularcontact with individuals to monitor clinical status and assess progress incommunity integration.
  • Monthlycontact with community agencies to verify attendance and participation andascertain status.
  • Documentationof all client contacts and community agency contacts.
  • Providemonthly reports to the respective Hospital / Community Forensic Director(s)regarding an individual's progress in relation to their Recovery Plan.
  • Provideto Forensic Program Associate at the hospital(s) all monthly contact notes foraccurate entry into AVATAR.
  • Trackand schedule dates for Court updates. Coordinate with forensic psychologist tocomplete status update reports for the Court.
  • Attend court hearings, asneeded.
  • Participate at hospitalrecovery team meetings as required.

Entry Qualifications:

  • Master'sdegree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or related field.
  • Twoyears of experience working with individuals with mental illness ordevelopmental disabilities.
  • Knowledgeable about thecriminal justice system, court proceedings, and community mental healthtreatment providers.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable about forensicstatutes, risk management for public safety, and state hospital procedures.


Vacation –
  • 15 days each year up to 5 years of service
    • (accrual at a rate of 10 hours per month)
  • 18 days each year from 5-10 years of service
    • (accrual at a rate of 12 hours per month)
  • 21 days each year for 10 years of service
    • (accrual at a rate of 14 hours per month)
Sick Leave –
  • 15 days each year
    • (accrual at a rate of 10 hours per month)
Holidays –
  • The state of Georgia recognizes 12 paid holidays
Retirement –
  • 401(k) with a matching employer contribution and a
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Video that explains how these plans work

AvailableInsurance –

  • Health;
  • Dental; Vision;
  • Legal; Disability;
  • Life & Dependent Life

Flexible SpendingAccounts –

  • Healthcare
  • Childcare

TuitionForgiveness –

  • DBHDD is a Qualified Employer for the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Information about the program can be found at the following link:

Due to the volume ofapplications received, we are unable to provide information on applicationstatus by phone or email.  Only those applicants selected for an interviewwill be contacted by the hiring agency.


This position is subjectto close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.


DBHDD is an equalopportunity employer


When applying for thisposition, you will be asked if you meet the minimum qualifications for thisposition as stated below and may possibly be presented with additionalquestions to assess preferred qualifications. Preference will be givento applicants who meet one or more of the preferred qualifications and havedemonstrated relevant experience clearly indicated in their work history.

Master's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND Two years of experience performing work related to area of assignment OR Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND Five years of experience performing work related to area of assignment OR One year of experience at the lower level Healthcare Prgm Consultant 2 (HCP091) or position equivalent. Note: Some positions may require licensure.


Candidates that hold one of the following licenses are strongly preferred: LPC, LMSW, LCSW