Part Time Medical Advocate - Prison

Job Title:
Part Time Medical Advocate - Prison
County Name:
Dauphin County

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Job description

Dauphin County Prison is currently accepting applications for the part-time position of Medical Advocate. Salary is Commensurate with Experience. This individual in this position is responsible to perform specialized, strategic, high-level medical advocacy to address the complex medical needs of the residents of Dauphin County Prison and assist the Warden and the Deputy Warden of Operations in maintaining effective collaboration with the medical department. This individual will serve as health care / mental health advocate for residents entrusted to the department’s care. This involves formulating, reviewing, and updating policies and programming relevant to health care services, including mental health care services. He/she will communicate directly with residents and their family members or support system regarding available services and provide program assistance and technical support for complex care needs for residents with serious medical diagnoses and/or mental illness and those identified as being medically and psychologically compromised. He/she will maintain partnerships with county staff and outside agencies to find placement and treatment options for residents who have been identified as complex mental health cases and who are nearing their release date. Dauphin County Prison desires to ensure proper care is continued during and after incarceration to drastically reduce the chances of reincarceration due to lapses in access to mental health services and resources.

The individual in this position is responsible for but not limited to performing the following essential functions: offers support and guidance to residents suffering medical and/or mental health diagnosis’ by helping to analyze and interpret medical information in a way that is clear and understandable; interviews residents to identify any issues or gaps in care prior to and during incarceration; acts as a liaison between the Medical Department and Administration Office and develops a collaborative relationship with other internal and external County departments and agencies; works with the Warden, Deputy Warden of Operations and other leadership to formulate, review, and update policies and programming relevant to health care services including mental health services; participates in health care services audits, investigates complaints, and maintains records; partners with public health officials to assist with obtaining critical medical services for residents nearing the end of their incarceration; gathers treatment records to assist with assessment, treatment, and service planning; interviews and identifies residents that may require new or continued mental health services; maintains an accurate tracking system of care strategies, evolutions, and outcomes; collaborates regularly with the Medical Department including mental health providers and outside healthcare providers and agencies for referrals, etc., to address ongoing treatment needs; coordinates wellness checks when deemed necessary and follows up with Administration, Medical, and the resident and/or the resident’s family when appropriate; reviews service and treatment plans and provides alternative recommendations when necessary; prepares summaries, special reports and memos as necessary; maintains current knowledge base of best practices and relevant developments in medical and mental health treatments and strategies; and performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education, Experience, and Training Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Social Work or a related field with experience in mental health. Formal education may be substituted by significant work experience in the field of social work and/or other related experience for a period not less than 2 years.
  • 2 to 3 years’ experience in the field of nursing, social work, counseling and/or providing therapeutic services to individuals in need of mental health services.

Other Requirements:

  • Attends meetings and/or training sessions as required.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned by the Warden, Deputy Warden of Operations and/or designee.
  • May travel occasionally to other County departments or outside agencies.
  • The option to participate in Dauphin County's Deferred Compensation Plan and Dauphin County's Employee Assistance Program through Mazzitti and Sullivan is available to all employees from the start of their employment.
Posting Date:
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Expiration Date:
Contact Name:
Jason Norris
Contact Link:
Jason Norris
Dauphin County Human Resources 2 South 2nd Street, 5th Floor Harrisburg, PA 17101