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Detention Screener Polk JAC

at Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc

Posted: 3/19/2019
Job Reference #: 1302

Job Description

Characteristicsof Position:

This isprofessional intervention work in a JAC setting of a human services agencyproviding alcohol, drug abuse, mental health, juvenile justice or otherservices. Duties include spending a majority of time screening clientsfor diversion programs. This is a fulltime position at the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) located in Bartow,Florida.

Location: Bartow, Florida


  • Understanding Behavior - Understands applicable theories of addiction andhuman behavior; recognizes the risk and resiliency components of the personal,environmental, social and cultural contexts; co-occurring competent; analyzesand distinguishes between the contributing interactions of physical, social,behavioral, psychological and social factors.

  • Treatment Knowledge - Versed in science based treatment philosophy,models and practice; incorporates the use of other disciplines, family, socialnetworks and community resources in support of individual recovery; utilizesoutcome measures in evaluating performance.

  • Application to Practice - Effectively matches client needs to appropriatelevels and modalities of care; individualizes strategies and interventions toindividual client recovery needs, preferences, readiness, stage of change andunique co-occurring disorder, language, gender and cultural considerations;makes optimum therapeutic use of client crises; incorporates and utilizespharmaceutic interventions as appropriate; adheres to the fidelity of selectedpractice models.

  • Professional Readiness - Understands and respects diverse culturesand cultural differences; comfortable with and responds to persons withdisabilities; evidences personal awareness of strengths, limitations andbiases; behaves ethically and adheres to professional standards ofconduct; pursues guidance and supervision and continuous professionaldevelopment opportunities; remains aware of personal and professional limits inknowledge and expertise.

  • Technical Capabilities - Proficient in the use of Electronic Health Records;effectively utilizes electronic medium (internet, intranet, phones, etc.) tocommunicate and stay abreast of changes in the field and political andcommunity environments; thoroughly documents and records professional events,activities and transactions.

  • Business Acumen - Knowledgeable of support and benefits available to clients andaggressively works to enable client access to those resources; proficient inthe matching and billing of services provided to appropriate fund sources andmaintaining audit compliant backup documentation; consistently meets or exceedsestablished case load size and productivity standards.

  • Professional - Behavesethically; presents a professional image in appearance, communications anddemeanor; adheres to agency scheduling policy; follows program activityschedules; committed to personal professional development.

  • Analytical - Establishesa helping relationship with the person receiving services by demonstratingempathy, respect, and genuineness in order to build trust; assists in gatheringinformation about basic and community living of the person receiving servicesto be used in the assessment process.

  • Leadership - Seeks toparticipate in effective approaches and training to enhance job skills; seekopportunities to mentor new staff; ability to recognize unsafe behaviors,situations, and environments to maintain the safety and well-being of personsreceiving services, staff and community members.


  • HighSchool Diploma plus two years of experience working with youth.

  • Bachelor'sDegree preferred.

  • Must possessa valid Florida Driver's License, industry accepted driving history andmaintain vehicle insurance required by the State of Florida.

  • All ACTS,Inc. employees must be able and willing to work when expected to accommodateprogram and/or agency needs, participate in the agency's Quality ImprovementProgram and attend all assigned/required trainings, practice on-the-job safetyat all times, and demonstrate the ability to communicate and work with othersand be respectful of peers, supervisors, clients, guests, etc. If required bycontract or administrative rule, must fully participate in NAPPI or DJJ PAR(crisis intervention) training and able to apply same to work setting.

Physical/Safety/Health Considerations: Sit, stand, walk, lift,and carry

Qualityof Work Expected: Level commensuratewith satisfactory Case Management performance

Quantityof Work Expected: Commensurate with level necessaryto fully meet obligations

Supervision: Work is performed under thedirection of the Program Supervisor, Director or Administrator. This positiondoes not provide supervision to others.

Scope ofResponsibility: Conductsinterviews to assess social, legal, medical, psychological and educationalneeds of client; provides casework services to assist clients in obtainingsocial, educational and vocational goals. Engages clients to talk and communicates empathically about theiraddiction or mental illness, medications and recovery to promote understandingof their illness/illnesses and hope for recovery.

CoreResponsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Ensurethat Detention and Diversion Screening Units staff performs required DJJfunctions (Probation and Community Corrections Handbook and Quality AssuranceStandards)

  • Ensuresaccurate documentation and data entry relating to a juvenile's processingwithin JJIS Determines client's funding sources and completes documentation asnecessary.

  • Completeadmission and orientation documentation; may administer or interpretscreening/assessment instruments.

  • Developsplans, which include services to address needs according to assessment.

  • Shares inthe DJJ schedule for attending detentions hearings on weekends and Stateholidays

  • Attendcourt hearings and serve as an advocate for clients.

  • Performrelated work as requested / required.

Theomission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigningspecific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment toposition.

ACTS is an EEO/AA DFWP Employer

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