The mental health social worker will work with TRLA’s regional public defender program under the supervision of a mental health attorney to help public defender clients develop a self-determination plan designed to reduce the cycle of criminal justice involvement, involuntary hospitalization, and homelessness.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develop and conduct needs assessments for each public defender client, including issues related to the client’s long term goals, mental health recovery, housing, employment, education, family relationships, and meaningful community integration. • In collaboration with the mental health attorney, work with the client’s TRLA public defender to ensure the needs assessment and self-determination plans are personalized to encompass all conditions of probation or parole. • Work with the mental health attorney to establish a relationship with the client. From the generalized categories developed in the project’s needs assessment, work with the client and mental health attorney to identify the client’s self-determination based supports and services in order to address the identified needs and potential barriers to successful reintegration. • Work with the client to find creative, client specific, self-determination based approaches to the identified needs and potential barriers to successful reintegration. • Work with the civil program staff to address related legal issues, including public benefits, housing, employment, disability rights and immigration consequences, in a holistic approach to the provision of comprehensive services. • Establish and develop relationships with community services and potential supports, including, but not limited to, the local mental health authority, law enforcement, community supervision, the housing authority, adult education services, community leaders, and religious communities. • Establish and develop relationships with supports identified by the client, including, if appropriate, the client’s immediate and extended family as well as friends, mentors and other supporters. • Under the direction of the mental health attorney, advocate for the client to identify and implement creative, client-specific, self-determination based services and supports. • Work with the client and the client’s chosen supports and services to develop and implement the client’s self-determination plan. • Assist in data collection and analysis as necessary. • Provide education and training as appropriate.
• Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Licensed through the Texas State Board of Social Worker
• Fluent in Spanish • Knowledge of public benefits • Have transportation available, including valid driver’s license and automobile insurance • Resourcefulness, creativity, initiative and drive, tact, and discretion
• Lived experience with mental health challenges. • Computer skills
How to Apply and Related Timelines:
For consideration, applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and three references with “Licensed Social Worker” in the subject line, to the following individuals:
To: Monica Bustamante, Recruitment Coordinator, at email@example.com, and Laurie Hallmark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consideration of candidates is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. The position is available immediately, although the start date is somewhat negotiable.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.
Established in 1970, TRLA is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area that covers the southwestern third of the state, including the entire Texas-Mexico border region. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texans by providing high quality legal services and related educational services.