Dual Diagnosis Justice Case Manager
Central West Specialized Developmental Services
Oakville, ON
Central West Specialized Developmental Services (CWSDS) is a leader in providing residential, community participation supports and specialized services, assessment and treatment to individuals who have developmental disabilities, dual diagnosis, and/or challenging behaviours throughout the municipalities of Halton, Peel and Dufferin and the regions of Waterloo and Wellington.

As a specialist in the field of developmental disabilities, CWSDS has experienced continued growth over the last five years. We currently employ over 300 staff covering a wide range of disciplines including clinical specialists such as Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Medical Doctors, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behaviour Analysts; Developmental Service Workers and Community Resource Workers. Our support team comprised of human resources, finance, maintenance, housekeeping and a comprehensive management team round out our organization.

We are looking to hire a Dual Diagnosis Justice Case Manager on a full time basis. This position will report to the Manager, Central West Network of Specialized Care.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Working collaboratively alongside police, other court support workers and discharge planners to implement bail release and court diversion plans for people with developmental disabilities and/or dual diagnosis

Capacity building and support to community services providers in developmental services, mental health and justice services about the unique and often complex needs of people with a dual diagnosis.

Providing consultation and education to the Police/OPP, the criminal justice sector, mental health and developmental services, regarding both individual and system specific issues to ensure that the needs of people with a developmental disability and/or dual diagnosis are being addressed.

Assisting individuals, families and service providers to understand the vulnerabilities faced by this population.

Partnership and planning with mental health court support workers, local correctional and custody facilities for appropriate discharge planning.

Coordinating a continuum of services based on individual choice and need to maintain the individuals in the community with adequate cross sector supports

Assisting, where appropriate, criminal justice officials in securing access to needed forensic assessment or other specialized assessments.

Engaging individuals and families in addressing immediate and long-term needs (e.g. shelter, food, medical attention) while linkages to longer term supports are being organized

Providing assistance, support, and education to the person’s formal and informal support system.

Linking people to preferred services and resources, as well as desired services within the mental health and developmental sectors

Developing appropriate strategies for people who may be resistant to services and who live at risk in the community

Enhancing the understanding of individuals, family members and service providers of their legal rights in the areas of housing, finances, work/education, and medical/psychiatric services (e.g. Mental Health Act).

Advocating on behalf of people with a developmental disability/dual diagnosis for the protection of personal and legal rights, and for access to needed services, resources, and supports to live successfully in the community

Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:
Completion of a formal University Degree in Social Services or related field. A combination of various work and education experience will also be considered

Progressive training and development in organization systems and/or community development

A minimum of 5 years’ experience in applying a person-centered and recovery oriented service philosophy to the provision of community support services for individuals with a developmental disability or dual diagnosis.

Sound working knowledge of the criminal justice system, the Mental Health Act including involuntary admission process, the assessment provisions of the Criminal Code, the Developmental Services Act, related health care legislation and forensic issues

Thorough understanding of the bio-psychosocial factors contributing to mental illness, developmental disability, and the life situation of individuals with a dual diagnosis

Ability to work collaboratively with formal and informal community services/resources within the criminal justice, mental health and developmental sectors

Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision and apply good judgement on an independent basis.

Well-developed risk assessment and advocacy skills

Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

A satisfactory Police Records Check (Vulnerable Sector Screening)

A valid Ontario’s driver’s license and vehicle to travel through the Region

LOCATION: Oakville, including some travel across Halton Region.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Central West Specialized Developmental Services will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

We thank all applicants for your interest in our organization but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted .