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Diversion Liaison (Aso Correctional Couns L II), Correctional Health Services **Night Tour** (12a -8a) BKDC EPASS


NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal health care system in the nation. We are a network of 11 hospitals, trauma centers, neighborhood health centers, nursing homes, and post-acute care centers. We are a home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlus. Our health system provides essential services to 1.4 million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the city's five boroughs. Our diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees are uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. Visit us at and stay connected on nycHHC or Twitter@hhcnyc.
NYC Health + Hospitals is also home to Correctional Health Services, one of the nation’s leading correctional health care systems in quality of, and innovations and access to care. In-jail services include medical, mental health, nursing, substance use treatment, social work, dental and vision care, discharge planning, and reentry support. In addition to providing direct patient care in the jails, CHS conducts enhanced pre-arraignment screening and forensic psychiatric examinations; and leverages the resources of the Health + Hospitals system to help discharged patients successfully return to their communities. CHS is also a pivotal partner in New York City’s criminal justice reform efforts. Our workforce is comprised of more than 1,500 dedicated professionals, with locations in all five boroughs and on Rikers Island.
At NYC Health + Hospitals, our mission is to deliver high quality care health services, without exception. Every employee takes a person-centered approach that exemplifies the ICARE values (Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence) through empathic communication and partnerships between all persons.

Job Description:

Payroll Title: Associate Correctional Counselor Level
Functional/Office Title: EPASS Diversion Liaison 

Brooklyn Sunday- Thursday 12am-8am

Summary of position:
This full-time position reports to the EPASS Diversion Liaison Supervisor and up to the Director of Court Services, and serves as part of a multi-disciplinary team in the Pre-arraignment screening unit in the Queens Criminal Court building. The Enhanced Pre-Arraignment Screening Service (EPASS) was established in all NYC central booking facilities since 1994 to detect the health needs of people entering the justice system and direct those who require emergency care to city hospitals to receive treatment. Correctional Health Services began a new pilot initiative called the enhanced Pre-Arraignment Screening Unit (EPASU) in 2015. The EPASS screens individuals for medical and behavioral health needs prior to arraignment, provides onsite acute medical treatment when indicated, and supports diversion to behavioral health services, in lieu of incarceration, for individuals with mental health and/or substance use conditions. The EPASS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Coordinate with Health + Hospitals clinical staff based in the EPASS locations citywide, community treatment providers and public defense agencies to identify clients who are appropriate for behavioral health diversion and serve as a liaison between the EPASS, community providers and public defense agencies
  • When applicable, gather historical behavioral health information via the jail based electronic health records (EHRs).
  • Engage clients in a brief Interview to gather more detailed information about current or past treatment (or the desire for treatment), the individual's housing or homelessness status, and a variety of other psychosocial indicators.
  • : Explain and obtain informed consent to share information with the client's defense counsel for the purposes of advocacy in their case.
  • Prepare and deliver summaries of relevant behavioral health information for use by public defense counsel.
  • Assist in collecting data to inform an evolving diversion model and program evaluation.
  • Coordinate programs and activities to increase behavioral health connections in the community for the individuals seen in EPASS.
  • Other responsibilities as determined by the Mental Health department.

Department Preferences:
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong management, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with other disciplines.
  • Knowledge of landscape mental health services and alternative to incarceration programs in New York City.

Qualification Requirements:
  • A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Forensic Psychology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Public Administration or an approved related program and seven years of progressively responsible experience in planning, inter-organizational relationships, or related administrative or managerial functions;
  • A Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university and eight years of progressively responsible experience in health and medical service administration, public administration, personnel and labor relations, finance or appropriate functional discipline with an emphasis on planning, liaison and inter-organizational relationships, or related administrative or managerial functions; or,
  • A satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • At least one year of experience working in a behavioral health program, correctional setting, or alternative to incarceration program
  • Experience successfully managing multiple projects and/ or programs
  • Strong interpersonal, management, analytical, writing, and organizational skills
  • An equivalent and satisfactory combination of education and experience may be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and five (5) years of satisfactory full-time experience providing direct counseling, guidance, crisis-intervention or informational and referral services to inmates of a correctional facility, substance abusers or a similar client population; or
2. Education and experience equivalent to "1" above. Thirty (30) semester credits from an accredited college will be considered equivalent to one (1) year of the required experience. However, all candidates must have a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and at least two (2) years of experience as described in "1" above.

How to Apply

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NYC Health and Hospitals offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
  • Comprehensive Health Benefits for employees hired to work 20+ hrs. per week
  • Retirement Savings and Pension Plans
  • Loan Forgiveness Programs for eligible employees
  • Paid Holidays and Vacation in accordance with employees' Collectively bargained contracts
  • College tuition discounts and professional development opportunities
  • Multiple employee discounts programs