Leake and Watts Services

  • Aftercare Case Planner

    Job Locations US-NY-Bronx
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/17/2018 3:32 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Credible Messenger Mentor Program (CMM) is a group based mentoring program that helps young adults transform the attitudes and behaviors that led to their involvement with the criminal justice system.  Mentors who have faced similar challenges and share similar cultural backgrounds as the youth build supportive relationships with the young people through the group process.

    The Aftercare Case Planner provides supportive case management services to a maximum of 12 youth, ages 12-18 who reside in the Bronx, to support them as they transition safely from residential placement and back into the community.  The Aftercare Case Planner will streamline services and service plan goals for youth, starting in placement and continuing into the community.  The Aftercare Case Planner will collaborate closely with the Credible Messenger group mentors, in addition to other service providers, including but not limited to the ACS/Placement & Permanency staff and school staff. The Aftercare Case Planner is required to complete all ACS documentation requirements and adhere to the Preventive Services Standards, including meeting appropriate casework contacts and assessing for child safety.


    RESPONSIBILITIES:  include but not limited to the following.

    1. Utilize the Risk, Needs & Responsivity framework to identify youth/family protective factors, risk factors and incorporate youth and family input to develop service plan goals and overcome barriers to engagement.
    2. Build and maintain a supportive relationship with youth and engage them to be a part of the group mentoring process. Provide one on one casework counseling, as needed.
    3. Engage the primary caregiver and other key participants to be a part of service planning in support of the youth. Complete a minimum of 1 home visit per month to maintain family engagement and assess for youth’s safety in the home.
    4. Participate in two therapeutic groups weekly in the Bronx, an as many group outings/activities as possible. Support the CMM team in preparing for dinner, group, clean-up and team processing.
    5. Participate in NSP facility programming including treatment team meetings, recreational and family engagement activities (i.e. Family Night and Release Ceremonies).
    6. Maintain regular collaboration and communication with the CMM/Aftercare team members and the youth/family to organize and streamline case planning services and to effectively address safety/risk concerns.
    7. Collaborate monthly (minimum) with the Placement & Permanency Specialist (PPS) about the youth’s participation in group and any safety concerns. Participate in all Close to Home Family Team Conferences, before and after release.
    8. Evaluate the educational history, academic strengths and weaknesses, need for or history of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), educational goals and preferences for adult life. Ensure youth is placed in appropriate educational setting and support the family in advocating for any changes necessary. Collaborate regularly with school staff to ensure that program goals and IEP goals align and that youth receive all necessary supports. 
    9. Coordinate and network with community partners for after-school, educational/vocational resources and opportunities for youth/families. Assist youth with successfully completing any probation or aftercare programs mandated by the courts. Identify resources or services that meet the needs and/or court mandates of youth and make referrals as necessary.
    10. Maintain clear and concise documentation that includes engagement, assessment, child well-being and group progress. Complete all FASPS, progress notes, opening and closing of cases and any other reporting/case management requirements via Connections and PROMIS in a timely and accurate fashion.
    11. Participate in all agency, ACS/CTH and group program training, individual supervision and group consultation activities.
    12. Model reliable, supportive and positive relationships to help youth navigate challenges and achieve their goals. Model professionalism and respectful behavior in both the community and in group.



    • This position calls for a 35 hour work week, but more than 35 hours per week may be required from time to time, including weekend/evening hours.
    • Case Planners are expected to attend groups twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 8 PM. 
    • Individual casework contacts will be scheduled appropriate to the needs of youth and families.
    • The Aftercare Case Planner will be available to clients by phone 24/7. 



    The Aftercare Case Planner reports to the Project Coordinator.  A minimum of one hour per week individual supervision is required. Together with the team of mentors, the Case Planner will discuss case planning and the group process/challenges after each CMM group. 



    • Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services or Social Work-related field.
    • Experience working with adolescents and knowledge of the child welfare or juvenile justice system. 
    • Shares a similar background/experiences as youth in the juvenile justice system.
    • Works effectively with other professionals in the field.
    • Excellent verbal, written communication and organizational skills
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus


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