University of California - San Diego #93637 TCMP Benefit Worker (Soledad, CA) in San Diego, California

#93637 TCMP Benefit Worker (Soledad, CA)

Filing Deadline: Thu 5/31/2018

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This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/22/17 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.

PRIMARY WORK LOCATION: Salinas Valley State Prison, 31625 Highway 101, Soledad, CA, 93960


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees. The UCSD Department of Psychiatry is contracted to provide Transitional Case Management Program (TCMP) services for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR). TCMP services are provided for eligible inmates and parolees under the jurisdiction of CDCR and the State Department of Mental Health.

Under close supervision, the incumbent will work full time (M-F, 8 hours per day, with varying work start and end times between 6am-5pm) at various CDCR Fire Camps and correctional facilities (prisons), throughout California as well as other regional institutions as directed by management. Incumbent will work as a Benefit Worker (BW) managing full caseloads consisting of inmates releasing from CDCR institution, who are: (1) potentially eligible for benefit entitlements {i.e., Medi-Cal, Social Security, and Veterans Affairs}, (2) diagnosed as having HIV/AIDS, (3) diagnosed as having a mental illness, and/or (4) inmates determined to be in need of community-based continuity of care upon release from incarceration, (i.e., hospice, hospital/acute care, skilled nursing/long-term care, in-patient mental health care, board & care/assisted living, in-home health care, dialysis, oxygen [intermittent and continuous], chemotherapy, medications, etc.), and/or (5) inmates who, upon release, will have an annual income of less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line and who are recognized US citizens. BW will determine potential benefit eligibility based on medical/mental disability, financial, and/or age. Will assist in the benefit application process, will complete and submit application for California State sponsored Medi-Cal benefits, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Social Security Disability Income; and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. Act as a liaison with institutional and parole staff for cases that may require additional case management, and collaborate on specific cases.


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology or related field. Will consider someone with related experience without a Master’s degree if currently enrolled in a Master’s program with a commitment to acquire in 1 year.

  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License and a clean driving record. Must be eligible for clearance to visit and work inside the prisons and other CDCR facilities.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and prior experience in professional case management and/or work with parolees/ex-offenders diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and/or Mental Illness. Casework experience must have included performing psychosocial assessments; developing benefit assistance, creating service plans; securing housing; conducting referral and follow-up progress evaluations.

  • Working knowledge of DSM-V categories and differential diagnosis. Demonstrated ability to interpret and clarify differential diagnosis using DSM-V and ICD-10.

  • Demonstrated ability to use computer information systems and solid computer literacy skills. Knowledge and experience in utilizing computer word processing to formulate documents, email for communication with other professionals, knowledge of internet to access resources as needed for client care and own professional development.

  • Demonstrated accountability and excellent organizational skills to prioritize workload to promptly meet deadlines. Experience in professional case management and/or work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, to follow through with superior attention to detail and to complete tasks in a timely manner by a specific deadline.

  • Ability to write concise, factual psychosocial notes, case summaries, coherent and timely reports. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both written and oral form. Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Experience working with community mental health resources, other mental health/recovery professionals, correctional and parole officers on behalf of clients.


  • Experience with providing direct services to State Prison inmate populations including a thorough knowledge of prison culture, dynamics and environmental risk factors.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state and local laws related to health and social welfare. Solid experience assisting clients with Social Security Administration, Veteran's Affairs and Medicare/Medical.

  • Training and experience using motivational interviewing techniques with incarcerated populations. Knowledge of various psychological theories and appropriate techniques for working with incarcerated populations. Understanding of theories and etiology for clients with co-occurring disorders.


  • Must be eligible for CDCR clearance to visit and work inside the prisons and Fire Camps.

  • Must be willing to work full time in a minimum thru maximum security state prison.

  • TB screening test required annually.

  • Travel between UCSD, prisons and other CDCR facilities throughout the State is required, which may include overnight stay.

  • Must be willing to cover other locations throughout the State of California to fulfill the TCMP program needs.

  • Must be willing to work in one of the locations/CDCR Prisons as well as other regional institutions as directed by management.

  • Must be willing to work at primary work location: Salinas Valley State Prison, 31625 Highway 101, Soledad, CA, 93960, traveling to provide coverage at various prison locations in the Central California area (CCWF, VSP, SATF, CORCORAN) and Fire Camps within the area.

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$27.32 - $31.65 / Hour



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Days, 8 hrs/day

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