This position serves as a MHP-level Clinician working closely with the City of Seattle Municipal Mental Health Court Team. The Competency Boundary Spanner (case manager) is responsible for working with individuals referred to Mental Health Court when legal competency has been raised, and due to a history with the Court, the attorneys do not believe the individual will be found legally competent (as defined in RCW 10.77).
The Competency Boundary Spanner will work to identify needs and link these individuals with community resources, including behavioral health treatment, primary health care, housing, and basic needs with the purpose of reducing involvement in the criminal justice system and reducing in-patient hospital days. When enrolled in existing services, the Competency Boundary Spanner will work to reconnect and ensure linkage back, when appropriate. This position will provide community-based outreach and engagement-focused case management in order to ensure linkage and relationship with ongoing providers is secure.
The Competency Boundary Spanner will coordinate with King County Crisis and Commitment Services, Public Defense staff, community-based providers, Jail Health Services Psychiatric and Social Services staff, and other court, housing, and community partners, as needed.
- Ensure services and interventions are strength-based and promote recovery and resiliency.
- Provide mental health support to the Seattle Municipal Mental Health Court Criminal Justice Team for linkage to mental health and other services.
- Perform a needs assessment for the purpose of identifying resources needed that can be addressed through available community resources to support mental health recovery and reduce jail and hospital days.
- Provide direct linkage between the court system and identified treatment services for individuals served.
- Participate in King County Diversion and Reentry Services system of care, and contribute to equity and social justice through the decriminalization of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders (SUD).
- Comply with SMH and SMC Policies and Procedures.
- Apply recovery concepts and Trauma Informed Care, with all individuals served.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Expertise with Co-Occurring disorders and Forensic background is a necessary part of the position; individuals who do not have some aspect of this experience may be considered, and training will be provided upon hire.
- Working knowledge of Mental Health Courts, Jail systems and behavioral dynamics of individuals who become incarcerated, is essential.
- Familiarity with state and local mental health delivery systems, including knowledge of various funding principles and clinical service mandates
- A working knowledge of co-occurring behavioral health issues is preferred. A working understanding of the systemic inequities the population experiences form a social justice framework. A work history of working with individuals experiencing homelessness is also ideal
- At minimum a Master’s degree in a social services field required.
- Mental Health Professional (MHP) status required.
- Two years’ experience working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, individuals with chronic substance use issues, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system is preferred; at least six months’ experience working with courts and defendants is recommended.
- CDP/CDPT preferred.
- Must have WA state driver’s license and insurable driving record as well as reliable transportation.
Salary = DOQ.
Send letter of interest, resume and salary history to: Sound Mental Health, Attn: Ethan Seracka or Alexis Owens, Job #17-110, 1600 E. Olive St., Seattle, WA 98122, or fax to (206) 302-2210, or e-mail to or