Prison Linkage Specialist

Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers

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  • Posted

    May. 16, 2017
  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA
  • Type

    Full-Time Job

Philadelphia FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice (ICJ) works with people returning to the community from prison or jail. We are a community center for individuals impacted by imprisonment, and our programs include a reentry drop-in center, local jail ‘in-reach’ services, educational programming, therapeutic recreation and comprehensive reentry support. The Bilingual Prison Linkage Specialist is to respond to referrals from the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, and support a case load of primarily Spanish speaking clients living with HIV throughout their incarceration and after their release. Responsibilities include discharge planning with an emphasis on HIV continuity of care and linkage and retention to care in the community. The Bilingual Prison Linkage Specialist represents Philadelphia FIGHT both on site and in the community, in a courteous, efficient manner that reflects the high level of integrity and customer service mandated by Philadelphia FIGHT

Hours

M- 1-9pm T-F 9:00 to 5:00pm

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Respond to referrals, which are filtered through the Prison Linkages Program Manager, and arrange to visit incarcerated individuals to make linkage with HIV related services and medical care upon release.
  • Work with Clincia Bienestar, a FIGHT health center located at Prevention Point Philadelphia, to identify and support incarcerated patients who are primarily Spanish speaking.
  • Upon contact with client, perform psychosocial assessment. Develop action plan to address client’s needs and barriers to meeting those needs.
  • Ensure appropriate access to medical, mental health and other services during a client’s incarceration, coordinating with case managers and prison medical and mental health providers to meet clients’ needs.
  • Develop discharge plan for incarcerated clients, ensuring their linkage to medical care and case management services and other services and resources as appropriate.
  • Coordinate discharge plan with other social service agencies, Public Defenders’ Office, the Adult Probation and Parole Office and the courts as necessary.

Record Keeping

  • Enter data into CAREWare and EvaluationWeb as required by program funders.
  • Maintain files for individual clients that meet standards required by program funders.
  • Maintain accurate record keeping according to program standards, and maintain internal recordkeeping as developed by ICJ.

Ongoing Requirements

  • Attend case conference meetings with case management and linkages staff.
  • Meet weekly with Prison Linkages Program Manager for supervision and case review.
  • Attend monthly Linkage Team Meeting.
  • Attend weekly ICJ all staff meeting.
  • Attend monthly Clinicia Bienestar clinic meeting.
  • Support the efforts of AIDS Education Month, including but not limited to attending meetings, developing content and volunteering at AEM events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Bilingual ability to speak fluently in Spanish and English is required
  • Experience working with diverse, underserved, and stigmatized populations .
  • Knowledgeable of local resources and services.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and essential office computer applications.
  • Sensitive to cultural, economic, gender, and sexual orientation differences.

Demonstrated experience working with high-risk populations; excellent communications, interpersonal skills and collaborative skills; ability to work effectively in a collaborative team setting; flexible, self-motivated, organized, able to work well under pressure; dedicated to social justice; computer literacy required.

Accountability

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to continuously stand, walk or sit.
  • Ability to bend, climb stairs frequently.
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds infrequently.
  • Ability to squat occasionally.

Initial probationary period is three months. Performance of other tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

FIGHT is an EEO, Affirmative Action, LGBTQ, and people living with HIV/AIDS and protected veterans institution.

 

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