Occ. Code 8381000
OFFENDER REHABILITATION AIDE, GRADE 13
New York State Department of Civil Service
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
Offender Rehabilitation Aides assist in providing counseling, guidance, case management, and various services to inmates at Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) facilities. Incumbents assist the counseling staff, primarily but not exclusively Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators, in their casework, including: interviewing inmates; assisting with inmate group sessions; maintaining case files; providing personal assistance to inmates for the maintenance of family contacts via telephone and written correspondence; assisting inmates in completing complex written forms; and explaining rules and procedures. In addition, Offender Rehabilitation Aides assist in the care and confinement of inmates sentenced to the custody of the DOCCS. These positions are found at DOCCS.
Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators apply social casework principles to the social, educational, vocational rehabilitation, and preparation of offenders released to community supervision (parole and post-release supervision) and under strict and intensive supervision and treatment (SIST) pursuant to Article 10 of the Mental Hygiene Law. They: guide and assist offenders in their adjustment to their new environment, identifying appropriate treatment services for offenders with significant problems and special needs; prepare offenders for release into the community by encouraging them to enhance their educational and vocational skills and modify their behavior; develop final community supervision and discharge plans; and ensure that targeted services are identified pre-release and community-based supports are available upon release. Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators also prepare comprehensive release reports that are utilized by the Board of Parole and by Parole Officers.
Education Counselors are responsible for providing counseling service to aid inmates in making effective adjustments to facility education programs in facilities that have large education programs.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors plan and coordinate the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disabling physical and/or mental handicaps with the primary goal being to help vocationally handicapped individuals retain optimum employment.
OFFENDER REHABILITAION AIDE: entry level; assist counseling staff with providing counseling services to inmates.
Provide individual counseling, case management, and various services to assigned inmates.
· Assist the Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators and/or Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators in obtaining and reviewing all pertinent records, reports, and information concerning family, education, employment, health and other personal matters.
· Interview inmates in response to inmate requests and provide appropriate assistance concerning any adjustment issues.
· Provide informal follow-up to an inmate after a crisis intervention by an Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator.
· Perform outreach activities by informally providing information and support to the inmates assigned Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator.
· Contact various sources for needed records and related information relative to classification as required.
· Secure information from inmates by means of an informal, semi-structured interview in order to obtain inmate data for analysis by the Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator. Obtain information to complete various Departmental Guidance forms.
· Coordinate the administration of routine standardized tests and appraisal instruments.
· Secure specific information concerning inmates, relative to the inmates behavior adjustment and classification.
· Secure follow-up information of a routine nature for the Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator that may impact on an inmate s classification and placement.
· Maintain appropriate inmate and information records for the Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator.
· Prepare standard reports of contacts with inmates, in order to identify potential counseling referrals to be conducted by the inmates assigned Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator.
· Provide personal assistance to inmates in areas such as maintaining family contacts via telephone and written correspondence and in personal matters, such as assisting in completing complex written forms and explaining rules and procedures.
· Assist inmates in making appropriate contacts with referral agencies by providing assistance in preparing applications for their services. Referral agencies include the US Social Security Administration, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, job placement agencies, legal aid agencies, etc.
· Assist inmates in making general contacts with personnel at the facility. (Examples include facility chaplains, property clerks, correspondence clerks, finance officers, etc.)
· Transmit information to inmates regarding daily facility procedures, and respond to inquiries from inmates regarding institutional procedures or rules.
Participate in the parole and reentry process.
· Assist Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators and other appropriate staff in completing Reentry Risk and Needs Assessment in connection with Parole Board interviews or case reviews.
· Assist Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators and other appropriate staff in conducting the pre-release interview and explain and provide guidance regarding the conditions of release.
Promotion: one year of permanent competitive service in a position allocated to Grade 6 or higher and either an associate's degree or completion of 60 credit hours of undergraduate study; or 30 credits of undergraduate study and one year of full-time professional or paraprofessional experience working drug and/or alcohol counseling programs; mental hygiene programs; parole or probation programs; juvenile offender programs; or in programs dealing with ex-offenders or incarcerated offenders.
NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.