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Client Services Coordinator - Brunswick Judicial Circuit

State Level Position

Location:  Brunswick Judicial Circuit

Salary: Commensurate with experience ($12.00 to $20.00 per hour)

Deadline: Open until filled  

Client Services Coordinator (Part-Time position – up to 28 hours per week)

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to coordinate with attorneys representing indigent clients with mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities and to assist with disposition of cases including placement, alternative sentencing options, and mitigation.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Assess psychosocial needs with clients at the jail, office, home, over the phone, or other locations as needed; manages ongoing clinical assessments for competency and stability, and level of functioning; assists in determining primary issues by obtaining mental health, medical, substance abuse and cognitive history; determines resources including housing, family support, work history, SSI, Medicaid and Medicaid Waiver; obtains release of information for records and collaboration with community providers; interviews family members for collateral information by phone, in office, or in the field; writes reports; assesses and submits lay affidavit as needed to courts to assist courts; and meets and discusses clinical recommendations with attorneys.

Develops holistic treatment plans in an effort to reduce recidivism; processes referrals for mental health counseling; completes and submits pre-release SSI application; completes all SSA forms with client; coordinates with SSA and delivers packet; monitors SSI pre-release process to ensure completion with SSA; follows up with SSA and the Adjudicator's office; processes referrals for substance abuse treatment; calls providers with social history; coordinates interviews with providers and clients at the jail; provides medical records required for placement; reviews Intellectual Disabilities-Medicaid Waiver; processes referrals regarding developmental disabilities; coordinates with guardians; connects with vocational rehabilitation; and provides nursing home and assisted living placement, job training, and GED assistance.

Records collection and summary of all records; contacts providers in the community for records; faxes; delivers releases of information and picks up records; processes subpoenas for mental health, medical, and school records; delivers subpoenas; follows up on status; checks accuracy of records; summarizes records to create a timeline of treatment history; and determines a level of functioning.

Networksandcollaborateswithcommtmityproviderstomaintaincontinuouscontactandobtain resources for clients; attends statewide meetings of forensic Social Workers; and advocates for change with local, state and federal agencies.

Assists attorneys in all court proceedings; presents treatment plan; coordinates treatment providers for court; performs in-court assessments to determine level of stability and treatment plan options; assists attorneys with legal representation; researches and identifies new community providers; researches mental health issues as they relate to the legal process; accompanies attorney on client visits locally and statewide.

Maintains records; develops, maintains, and monitors the client files to increase accountability and measure outcomes.

Centralizes all misdemeanors and felony court-ordered evaluations to monitor status throughout legal process; maintains procedures for confidentiality of client communications; complies with HIPAA requirements and National Board-specific licensure code of ethics; creates a holistic approach to legal representation for clients with mental health and developmental disabilities; participates in speaking engagements to educate stakeholders, community partners and general public about services provided by the Public Defender and the needs and challenges; attends trainings to maintain license; and develops year-end reports.

Preferred Qualifications:

Associates degree or progressing toward said degree in Social Work, Counseling or a related field required; one year of experience in clinical assessments, social work or related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Performance Aptitudes:

Data Utilization: Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alterative. Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Human Interaction: Requires the ability to work with and apply principles of persuasion and/ or influence over others to coordinate programs or activities of a project, and resolve typical problems associated with the responsibilities of the job.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.

Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.

Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.

Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.

This position will remain open until filled.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and State of Georgia Sensitive Position Employment Application to Stephen E. Tillman, Circuit Public Defender, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Contact Human Resources

Human Resources Manager
Georgia Public Defender Council
104 Marietta Street, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: 404-795-2440
Toll free: 800-676-4432