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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Employment Opportunity: Legal/Court Services

Title: Probation Officer/MICAP

Closing Date: Until Filled

Department: Probation and Court Services

Division: Probation

Hours: Full-Time: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Officers are required to work one or two evenings per week to accommodate offenders' schedules

Salary: $40,644 annually

The responsibilities of this position include:
•    Works as part of a multidisciplinary team serving offenders in the Mental Illness Court Alternative Program;
•    Completes intake and assessment of MICAP applicants; completion of social history/LSI-R interview as well as program eligibility screening; Determine and /or verify mental health diagnosis, determine risk factors, service needs and supervision and service intensity levels; provides written Intake/Screening reports to the MICAP team;
•    Monitors compliance with program conditions through record checks, collateral contacts, and meetings with offender. Provides written status reports and in-person testimony as needed in court;
•    Develops case plans in collaboration with the service providers based on identified risk factors, needs and court orders, and assists the offender in meeting the goals of the case plan as well as cooperating with the conditions of MICAP supervision;
•    Advocates for both treatment and consequences for the offender as needed taking into consideration community safety and the needs/risks of the offender;   
•    Attends weekly case staffing meetings with the multidisciplinary team;
•    Counsels/collaborates with significant others/families of MICAP participants as needed; provides crises intervention when needed;
•    Compiles and tracks data as needed for program evaluation.

Requirements for this position include:
•    Preferred candidate shall possess LSW/LCSW or LCP/LCPC in order to complete initial mental health assessment and/or diagnosis verification though collaboration with other mental health providers;
•    One year of probation, counseling, residential placement, mental health, social work or related human service program work;
•    Planning and organization skills;
•    Working skill in understanding and interpreting laws and regulations;
•    Considerable skill in dealing effectively with the public and applying professional methods of handling individuals who have mental illness;
•    Knowledge of mental health diagnosis, issues, treatment modalities and   medications;
•    Skill in collaborating with a multidisciplinary team as well as with mental health professionals;  
•    Recommended familiarity of best practices as related to working with individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system and familiarity with literature related to mental health courts;
•    Skill in observing and recording behavior patterns of individuals;
•    Skills in advocacy in both the treatment and court settings;
•    Ability to meet physical demands in the field;
•    Current Valid Illinois Driver’s License and willingness to utilize personal vehicle to complete work assignments as necessary.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Department of Probation & Court Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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DuPage County is an Equal Opportunity Employer