Forensic Community Coordinator

State Of Georgia Marietta , GA 30060

Posted 2 weeks ago

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is the state agency that focuses solely on policies, programs, and services for people with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or any combination of these. As Georgia's public safety net, DBHDD operates six field offices and five hospitals throughout the state within three program areas: behavioral health, developmental disabilities and hospital services.

The main office for DBHDD is located in downtown Atlanta.

This position services Cobb, Paulding, and Douglas counties. It is a teleworking position with the ability to work from home part of the time. Hours are Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm.

The Forensic Community Coordinator will serve as a liaison between the consumer, the court, the community, and the hospital; working under the supervision of Forensic State Office. Essential components include:

  • Identifying viable community behavioral health treatment options for State and Superior Courts seeking treatment as alternatives to incarceration.

  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with other agencies in the community to stay current about available resources

  • Serve as liaison between courts and community programs to facilitate service acquisition for individuals

  • Providing case management and educational sessions focused on competency remediation for individuals ordered by the State, Superior or Juvenile Court to receive these services in the community.

  • Provide educational training to individuals mandated to outpatient competency remediation services.

  • Alert forensic psychologist assigned to the case of competency status.

  • Documentation of sessions and provision of information to evaluating forensic psychologist.

  • Coordinates with Forensic State Office to ensure that the statewide community restoration tracking system is updated.

  • Facilitate referrals to other behavioral health treatment programs if needed.

  • Providing case management and oversight of individuals who have been adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and conditionally released or have been adjudicated Not Competent to Stand Trial and Not Restorable (IST-NR) and released on civil outpatient commitment / bond with mental health monitoring.

  • Regular contact with individuals to monitor clinical status and assess progress in community integration.

  • Monthly contact with community agencies to verify attendance and participation and ascertain status.

  • Documentation of all client contacts and community agency contacts.

  • Provide monthly reports to the respective Hospital / Community Forensic Director(s) regarding an individual's progress in relation to their Recovery Plan.

  • Provide to Forensic Program Associate at the hospital(s) all monthly contact notes for accurate entry into AVATAR.

  • Track and schedule dates for Court updates. Coordinate with forensic psychologist to complete status update reports for the Court.

  • Attend court hearings, as needed.

  • Participate at hospital recovery team meetings as required.

  • Additional duties as assigned

Entry Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or related field.

  • Two years of experience working with individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities.

  • Knowledgeable about the criminal justice system, court proceedings, and community mental health treatment providers.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable about forensic statutes, risk management for public safety, and state hospital procedures.



Vacation -

  • 15 days each year up to 5 years of service
  • (accrual at a rate of 10 hours per month)
  • 18 days each year from 5-10 years of service
  • (accrual at a rate of 12 hours per month)
  • 21 days each year for 10 years of service
  • (accrual at a rate of 14 hours per month)

Sick Leave -

  • 15 days each year
  • (accrual at a rate of 10 hours per month)

Holidays -

  • The state of Georgia recognizes 12 paid holidays

Retirement -

  • 401(k) with a matching employer contribution and a

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan

  • Video that explains how these plans work

Available Insurance -

  • Health;

  • Dental; Vision;

  • Legal; Disability;

  • Life & Dependent Life

Flexible Spending Accounts -

  • Healthcare

  • Childcare

Tuition Forgiveness -

  • DBHDD is a Qualified Employer for the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Information about the program can be found at the following link:

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or email. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the hiring agency.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

DBHDD is an equal opportunity employer

When applying for this position, you will be asked if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position as stated below and may possibly be presented with additional questions to assess preferred qualifications. Preference will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the preferred qualifications and have demonstrated relevant experience clearly indicated in their work history.


Master's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND Two years of experience performing work related to area of assignment OR Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND Five years of experience performing work related to area of assignment OR One year of experience at the lower level Healthcare Prgm Consultant 2 (HCP091) or position equivalent. Note: Some positions may require licensure.

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