Partner for Mental Health is a private nonprofit organization committed to helping people experiencing mental health challenges build meaningful lives in their home communities. Our approach and values are recovery oriented and evidence-based. We believe diversity of staff, thought, approach, and experience provides the optimal environment for our success. Partner for Mental Health is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type including on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.
We are a family-friendly workplace that is drug-free and values and promotes self-care.
To apply: email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please explain your commitment to the principles of trauma informed care and what it means for an organization to operate from a person-centered perspective. Applications without both a resume and cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.
Position Title: Systems Navigator for Mental Health Therapeutic Docket (a collaborative jail diversion program in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County)
Schedule: Full-time (40 hours/week)
Mental Health Therapeutic Docket Background – The Therapeutic Docket is a jail diversion program for people with mental illness facing misdemeanor charges in either the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle County. It is a collaborative effort between General District Court, the City and County Public Defenders and Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Offender Aid and Restoration: Jefferson Area Community Corrections, Partner for Mental Health, and Region 10. Upon successful completion of the docket, participants’ chargers are either dropped or reduced, and no period of incarceration is ordered.
Position Summary – The Systems Navigator helps people experiencing mental illness who are participating in the Therapeutic Docket build social support and community inclusion while helping them navigate the local mental health, physical health, human services, and criminal justice systems so they may lead healthier, meaningful, and self-directed lives in their home communities. As an unbiased and independent broker of services and supports, the Systems Navigator will help clients identify and successfully access community resources necessary to reach self-defined recovery goals, improve their social determinants of health, and successfully complete the Therapeutic Docket program. The Systems Navigator also teaches self-advocacy skills to clients, and, when necessary, advocates on behalf of clients to help them receive the services they want and for which they are eligible. The Systems Navigator understands structural racism and recognizing its impact on mental health.
Personal Characteristics –
- Belief in the inherent dignity of all human beings
- Holds all clients in unconditional positive regard and truly believes that all people are doing the best they can with the resources they have
- Embraces a recovery-oriented and person-centered model of care from a position of cultural humility
- Belief that participants of the Therapeutic Docket deserve high quality clinical care and support rather than incarceration, and that treatment in lieu of incarceration benefits the community at large
- Understanding of structural racism and recognition of its impact on mental health
- Creative and resourceful approach to problem solving; a willingness to “think outside the box” to find solutions to complex problems
- The ability to identify root causes of complex needs and willingness to help clients develop comprehensive solutions to increase the likelihood of long-term impact
- Ability to hold sight of the big picture while simultaneously addressing details
- Commitment to utilizing the principles of trauma informed care in all client interactions
Position Qualifications –
- Skilled in motivational interviewing techniques
- Comfort working independently in various community settings including the local jail
- Minimum of 3 years of experience working with adults with serious mental illness experiencing complex life challenges (trauma, homelessness, criminal justice system involvement, poverty, isolation, unmet physical health needs, etc.)
- Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries
- Experience using electronic record management systems
- Ability to organize time effectively to meet assigned work demands
- Ability to express and transmit ideas and knowledge clearly to diverse audiences
- Current and valid driver’s license and meets minimum automobile insurance requirements
- Ability to work collaboratively and with minimal direct supervision
The Systems Navigator will…
- Establish a trusting relationship with clients by initiating and maintaining regular client contact and providing emotional support
- Conduct initial and on-going goal setting with clients
- Assist clients in developing engagement plans based on their recovery goals
- Regularly help clients reflect on their progress toward their goals, encouraging them to acknowledge and celebrate their successes
- Help clients identify what is getting in their way of meeting their goals and support them in creative problem solving to find both short-term fixes and longer-term solutions that address the root causes of difficulties
- Provide information, referral and support in locating required services and supports
- Help clients navigate complex systems, including but not limited to, the mental health care, physical health care, human services, social services, and criminal justice systems – always with the end goal of assisting clients to build and maintain self-directed lives in their home communities. Examples might include but are not limited to:
- Provide support in accessing and attending mental health care and substance abuse treatment
- Assist clients in getting and coordinating medical care, including finding a medical home
- Provide and coordinate transportation for activities and appointments that maintain and support recovery and wellness and improve social determinants of health
- Assist clients in improving their social determinant of health through such activities as applying for, securing, and maintaining housing, employment, insurance, disability benefits, and educational opportunities
- Help clients understand and meet their obligations to the Therapeutic Docket
- Creatively collaborate with diverse community agencies to help clients meet their recovery goals and successfully complete the Therapeutic Docket program
- Advocate on behalf of clients as necessary to ensure they are receiving all services and supports from community agencies for which they are eligible
- Provide motivation for clients, especially those who are discouraged or do not have the drive to achieve their recovery goals
- Offer other indicated interventions to promote wellness, recovery, and more complete community integration
- Keep informed of developments in the field of clinical practice, mental health, family life-cycle development, human services, psychiatric rehabilitation, criminal justice and/or related fields.
- Participate in agency data collection and analysis
- Enter all data in a timely manner
- Develop and maintain engagement plans in a timely manner
- Respond to emails and phone calls within 1 business day
- Actively participate in program evaluation
- Meet with supervisor as required on a weekly basis and comes prepared by bringing up-to-date charts for review and discussion
- Evaluate one’s own limitations, behaviors and biases and manage own behavior constructively
- Consult with supervisor as necessary when crises or situations out of the norm arise with clients
- Be prepared for and provide input at team and other agency meetings
Community Collaboration and Training
- Participate in community activities related to the program as assigned
- Collaborate and work cooperatively with community partners and referral sources
- Represent and promote Partner for Mental Health’s Community Navigator program at community meetings at the direction of the Executive Director
All Partner for Mental Health Employees will…
Strive for High Quality:
- Maintain the highest integrity in all aspects of agency and program operations and duties
- Maintain flexibility when performing duties and interacting with others
- Set appropriate priorities and plan work systematically
- Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with clients, colleagues and donors
- Protect privacy and confidentiality of clients, colleagues and donors
- Participate in professional development and supervision to seek guidance, expand knowledge and use of best practices
Participate as an Effective Team Member:
- Treat people in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual, cultural and ethnic differences.
- Be respectful in verbal and written communication to and about clients and colleagues.
- Actively communicate pertinent information to others in the agency who need to know.
- Resolve issues with the person(s) most directly involved and encourage others to do the same.
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers and other community agencies in related fields.
- Participate in scheduled agency and other team meetings.
- Know, understand and communicate the agency’s philosophy and mission.
- Be proactive; give and receive input and seek solutions that balance the needs of the individual, program, agency, and community.
- Provide clear and accurate information to potential clients, the community, other agencies and funders regarding the agency’s function
- Respect and protect agency-owned property and assets and use agency resources for business-appropriate purposes.
- Perform other duties, not listed here, deemed necessary for the well-being of the agency.
Additional Requirement – The safety of individuals with whom we work is of paramount importance to us. Every employee must pass background checks including the Virginia State Police and FBI criminal background checks.