Colorado State Youth Corrections Social Worker - Mount View Youth Services Center in Denver Metro, Colorado

Department Information

*This announcement will remain open until a hiring decision is made. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply in a timely manner to be considered for the position. *

About the Division of Youth Corrections: The Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, commitment and parole. DYC is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates ten secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. The Division also contracts with numerous private residential and non-residential service providers throughout the State. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Senate Bill 91-94; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State.

*Division of Youth Corrections Mission: *It is the mission of the Division of Youth Corrections to protect, restore and improve public safety through a continuum of services and programs that: Effectively supervise juvenile offenders, promote offender accountability to victims and communities, and build skills and competencies of youth to become responsible citizens. The Division also adheres to the concepts embodied in the Five Core Values and the Five Key Strategies, which are shown below.

We invite you to explore the DYC website and learn about the services provided to youth, families, and local communities in the State of Colorado at: *www.colorado.gov/cdhs/dyc*

Overall function of the work unit:

The overall function of the work unit is to provide behavioral health services to Division of Youth Corrections committed youth and their families. The unit consists of mental health professionals with competence confirmed by experience and expertise. Professionals are called upon to implement decisions, make recommendations, and evaluate treatment cases based on practice, theory, evidence-based principles, up to including experience at an advanced level confirmed by licensing, or being license-eligible. Overall service delivery includes assessment, delivery of clinical services, documentation, development of strengths-based treatment plans, individual, family, and group services, transition and integration of care within a multi-disciplinary team approach.

Mount View Youth Services Center:

Mount View Youth Services Center (MVYSC) is a secure, co-ed multi-purpose facility operated by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Corrections (DYC). MVYSC is located in unincorporated Southeastern Jefferson County and provides detention services for the First and Fifth Judicial Districts, Diagnostic/Assessment services for sixteen Judicial Districts along the Colorado Front-Range, a secure Transportation unit that supports the Assessment function, and the Next Step program for youth who have returned to secure committed care due to unsafe behaviors and increased risk while in the community either in a non-secure placement or on juvenile parole.

DYC had adopted a framework called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). MVYSC's program is entitled the PEAK Program. PEAK stands for Participate Safely in Programming, Express Care and Respect, Accept Accountability, and Know and Use Your Skills. On a daily basis youth have the opportunity to successfully participate in groups that will teach them new skills. Utilizing these skills will provide them the best opportunity to have a successful stay at MVYSC. As part of the PEAK Program MVYSC has a level system that provides rewards for youth who are participating in programming at MVYSC.

Educational services are available to all youth in residential placement with the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC). Jefferson County Public Schools provide an on-site education program that serves the detention population. Licensed state teachers provide on-site educational services for committed youth. At MVYSC, the school program reflects the short term length of stay of our students. The program focuses on core subjects that are the fundamentals that students have to maintain to succeed at their long term educational goals. Education services are offered year round. Youth are able to work toward a High School Diploma or a GED. Youth may also be involved in a vocational program such as food services or grounds crew. We also offer special education services to those who have an individualized education plan.

MVYSC is home to the Front-Range Assessment Unit for youth committed to the Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Corrections. The Division of Youth Corrections assessment process relies upon evidenced-based assessment tools such as the Colorado Juvenile Risk Assessment (CJRA) to develop recommendations that address the risk and protective factors. The focus on risk and protective factors is a primary strategy to aid youth in addressing his or her criminal behaviors with the overall goal of reducing recidivism. Assessment results are reviewed by each youth's multi-disciplinary team (MDT). The team includes the family/natural supports, youth, the client manager, line staff, assessment specialists and others deemed appropriate. Masters level clinicians are available to provide individual, group counseling and crisis management to youth progressing through the assessment process or awaiting a placement into a treatment program.

Educational services are available to all youth in residential placement with the Division of Youth Corrections. Jefferson County Public Schools provides an on-site education program that serves the detention population. The Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Corrections employs licensed teachers to educate committed youth. The school programs provide special education services to those who require individual educational plans. Jefferson County and DYC offer social studies, math, language arts, science, elective classes and recreation. Youth are able to work toward a High School Diploma or obtain a GED. They may also be involved in a vocational program such as food service. Selected youth may participate in two work programs, food services and grounds crew.

The detention population receives clinical services from the Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH). JCMH Clinicians provide individual and group counseling as well as 24-hour support in crisis situations. The committed population receives clinical services from State clinicians and Youth Service Counselors. Description of Job

The Division of Youth Corrections has three levels of Social Worker/Counselor positions available. All three levels require a Master's Degree in the behavioral health field. However, only two of the levels require professional licensure at the time of hire (Social Worker/Counselor II and III). The Health Care Services Trainee III level does not require licensure at the time of hire, but does include an agreement to obtain a license within 2.5 years.

Summary of the position:

The position will provide behavioral health assessment and treatment services to committed youth, ranging in age from 10-21, and their families. Services are provided consistent with DORA requirements and mental health training, and include clinical assessment, treatment and transition service planning, individual, group, family, and milieu interventions, counseling, case management, record keeping, and service coordination with a Multi-disciplinary team (MDT). Youth receiving services are often struggling with significant mental health problems and histories of trauma associated with neglect, abuse, or severe family problems. The position is expected to recognize mental health needs based on DSM 5 diagnostic criteria. This position provides consistent leadership and/or management in the area of mental health treatment services in DYC state-operated facilities. The position requires knowledge and specialized training and expertise in the in the areas of assessment, mental health, and may require subspecialty certification or training in substance abuse, family therapy, and/or sex offense specific work. This position utilizes an integrated, strengths-based treatment model to include collaboration with family, youth, transition staff, client managers, mental health services professionals, education staff, security staff and administration on a consistent basis to ensure comprehensive services are provided.

Specific areas of specialty include:

Drug and Alcohol Services:

Position provides DBH approved CAC I, II, III or LAC level services to youth who have substance abuse treatment needs in the Division of Youth Corrections. The position also assists in development and improvement of DYC treatment services, policy development, and DBH compliance concerns. Depending upon level of certification, the position may bring clinical direction and supervision to CAC II and CAC I individuals in training. Supervision of CAC certified individuals in training include overseeing documentation, overseeing individual and group services, and ensuring confidentiality.

Sex Offense Specific Services:

Position exists to provide Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) approved treatment services in a secure state-operated treatment facility to youth who have committed sexual offenses. The position provides treatment planning, individual, family, and group counseling, ongoing assessment, case management, record keeping, and service coordination in conjunction with a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) responsible for the overall treatment and supervision of the youth. This position provides training and consultation to staff in regard to treatment and milieu interventions specific to juveniles who have committed sexual offenses. In conjunction with the MDT, treatment providers will provide the Informed Supervision process for the families and other primary caregivers who are identified by the MDT. This may be done in either multi-family or individual family therapy formats. Treatment providers will make recommendations to ensure that the appropriate level of transition and aftercare treatment services are being provided.

Behavioral Health Services:

Provide clinical services to youth in the facility that experience complex mental health, trauma, substance abuse, gang, and other related issues. Addresses criminogenic risk factors in adolescent population as well as family interventions. This position will understand criminal conduct in adolescents and be able to treat the youth from the perspective of lowering the criminogenic risks and increasing protective factors the youth presents with and addressing the relationship between mental health issues and criminal conduct. Utilizes a strength based perspective, and system theory. Utilizes evidence based curriculums, focus on cognitive behavioral theory. Facilitates group, family and individual services. Collaborates with the unit staff to provide interventions with youth in the milieu program. Attends Multi-Disciplinary Team staffings as needed with youth on their caseloads. Connects with families/natural supports for youth. Attends team meetings to provide clinical oversight/guidance to direct care staff.

Family Therapy Services:

Position exists to provide family therapy and mental health services to DYC committed treatment level youth and their families. The services include: family, individual, and group counseling (including multi-family & parenting groups), ongoing assessment, case management, record keeping, transitional services, and service coordination in conjunction with a Multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This position provides training and consultation to staff in regard to treatment and milieu interventions specific to family therapy services.

Assessment Specific Duties:

Front Range Assessment Overview:

Mount View Youth Services Center (MVYSC) is home to the Front-Range Assessment Unit for youth committed to the Division of Youth Corrections. The Division of Youth Corrections assessment process relies upon evidence-based assessment tools such as the Colorado Juvenile Risk Assessment (CJRA) to develop recommendations that address the risk and protective factors. The focus on risk and protective factors is a primary strategy to aid youth in addressing his or her criminal behaviors with the overall goal of reducing recidivism. The Division of Youth Corrections relies heavily on a Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) process. This MDT includes the family/natural supports, youth, Client Manager, line staff, Assessment Specialists, and others as deemed appropriate.

Purpose of Assessment Unit:

The purpose of Assessment is to provide a safe, secure, and healthy environment for all juvenile offenders who have been committed to DYC while undergoing a comprehensive assessment. Services include, but are not limited to, the administration and interpretation of criminogenic, mental health, and substance abuse screening and assessment instruments to arrive at recommendations for treatment and efficient and effective service delivery. Principle functions involve identification of criminal risk areas, ascertainment of mental health functioning, determination of substance abuse treatment needs, assessing for needs and strengths, and submission of recommendations for placement type and service plan goals.

Specific duties of the assessment position include:

Formalized Assessment Practice: Conduct clinical interviews, criminogenic risk assessments, drug and alcohol screening assessments, mental health evaluations, and neuropsychological screenings on juvenile offenders who are committed to DYC. Conduct interviews with the youth's family and natural support system to ascertain individualized family strengths, needs, perspective, and express goals for treatment and DYC stay. Outline the assessment process to youth and families, including expectations, responding to questions, and requesting signed authorization for release of information and disclosure statements. Synthesize information obtained into a comprehensive and professional report. Assessment services are conducted according to deadlines set by Colorado Revised Statute.

Legal Interpretation: Review relevant collateral data, previous evaluation findings, legal documents, and any other information received at time of commitment and incorporate the information into the finalized assessment report. Review Court Orders to ensure legality per Colorado's Children's Code.

Communication/Training: Provide clinical oversight, expertise, quality assurance, and direction regarding evaluation findings of juvenile's committed to DYC. Uphold effectiveness, fit, and functionality of currently utilized evaluation instruments and provide recommendations for improving assessment services practices and policies. Participate in trainings topics related to assessment. Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below to continue in the selection process for this position. *Work experience must be specifically documented on your application. *Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" statements on your application.

Health Care Services (HCS) Trainee III Level (Social Worker/Counselor without current licensure):

Education: License-eligible master's degree in one of the following: Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or any other license-eligible master's degree in the behavioral health field. Candidate must be able to obtain appropriate licensure within two and a half (2.5) years of appointment.

Social Worker/Counselor II Level:

Valid Social Worker license (LSW), Clinical Social Worker license (LCSW), or Professional Counseling license (LPC) from the State of Colorado.

AND

One (1) year of professional experience as a social worker or professional counselor.

Social Worker/Counselor III Level:

Graduate from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in social work and licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado; OR a master's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or marriage and family therapy and licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Psychologist.

AND

Two (2) years professional experience as licensed clinical social worker or licensed professional counselor.

With the exception of the HCS Trainee III level, the positions require candidates to be licensed by DORA in one of the following:

  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW): SW/C II level ONLY
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist (LMFT)
  • Licensed Psychologist Preferred qualifications:

  • Certification as a CAC II, CAC III, or LAC provider

  • SOMB Associate Level, or Full Level Provider Essential Competencies:

Written and oral communication skills, problem solving skills, deductive reasoning, critical thinking, social perceptiveness, active listening, therapy and counseling knowledge, psychology knowledge, judgment and decision making skills, time management, effective and timely documentation, and oral comprehension skills.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to work on-call, evenings, holidays, and weekends.

  • Must be 21 years old or older.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado drivers license.

  • Must have no felony convictions and no violent history.

  • Must pass a drug screen.

  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check as a condition of employment. Included in the background check is a current and/or previous employer check. Your current and/or previous employers within the past 10 years at a minimum must be listed on your job application (most recent in descending order), even if the job or duties are unrelated to the position for which you are applying. Incomplete employer information (address, phone number, and supervisor) or omission of former employers may result in a disqualification of your application. Supplemental Information

How to Apply (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process. Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Comparative Analysis Process:

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of Structured Application Review, Telephone Screening, Structured Interviews, Written Assessment, Etc... Candidates who most closely meet the job requirements will move through successive stages of the process. Applicants will be notified of their status via email following each stage.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

THE STATE OF COLORADO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: IKA MVSW 11/28/2016

Closing: 12/9/2016 5:00 PM Mountain

Agency: State of Colorado

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Website: http://www.colorado.gov/jobs

Salary: $2,776.00 - $6,271.00 Monthly

Location: Denver Metro, CO

Department: Colorado Department of Human Services