New York State Psychiatry Institute
  • 16-Sep-2022 to 07-Oct-2022 (EST)
  • PI-Behavioral Health Services and Policy
  • New York, NY, USA
  • per year $33,994.00 - $43,526.50
  • Salary
  • Part Time

Full Benefits package based on percentage of full-time effort.

Salary: $33,994.00 - $43,526.50

Grade: 21

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. at the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) through NYSPI is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a part-time (0.5 FTE), benefits-eligible position as Program Coordinator for the newly formed Program for Justice-Involved Behavioral Health ("Program"). The vision, mission and goals of the Program are:

Vision: A behavioral health system that embraces and optimizes the care of all individuals, regardless of current or past justice involvement, and that makes possible a therapeutic transformation of the juvenile and criminal legal systems.

Mission: The NYSPI/CUMC Program for Justice-Involved Behavioral Health seeks to use its research, clinical, and training expertise to improve the awareness, understanding, treatment, and care of individuals with behavioral health needs who are or have been involved in the juvenile and/or criminal legal systems and to do so through collaboration with people most affected by those systems.


  1. To create and share space in partnership with impacted communities that generates stakeholder awareness while preserving and maintaining cultural humility
  2. To incubate, implement and evaluate collaborative projects that provide critical knowledge and data to improve clinical services, education, training, policy development and advocacy related to behavioral health treatment at all points of juvenile and/or criminal legal involvement
  3. To meaningfully tailor our projects to the interests and needs of those most directly impacted by the results, incorporating as much as possible the skills of those individuals at every phase
  4. To use knowledge and evidence gained through workgroup projects to reduce juvenile and/or criminal legal involvement through advocacy for person-centered transformation of the behavioral health and legal systems

The Program was started in February of 2022 and is amid its evolution to serve "justice-involved individuals," defined as people who are or have been under arrest, detained in jail or juvenile detention, incarcerated in prison, or monitored by probation, parole, and/or related court and law enforcement. In the U.S., these practices disproportionately affect Black, Latinx, and poor individuals, as well as those with mental health and substance use disorders. While the complexity of the issues (e.g., multi-agency involvement, systemic racism, poor coordination of clinical care, lack of standards, professional bias, significant social challenges) have made lasting and wide-spread change difficult, we believe that such change is possible by incorporating, at all phases of the Program's activities, the perspectives, interests, and skills of individuals with relevant lived experience in the criminal legal and/or juvenile justice systems.

The Program Coordinator position will report to the Director of Mental Health and Criminal Justice Initiatives at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) and will be primarily responsible for maintaining the focus and forward momentum of the Workgroup on actionable and meaningful projects that align with the mission; fostering collaborative connections; and ensuring that the Workgroup proceeds with inclusive and transparent dialogue that respects and values the voices of all. Applicants who have been or are directly impacted by the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the leadership of the Program and the larger NYSPI/OMH community, coordinate the development of a portfolio of projects initiated and/or supported by the Program. Assist in the implementation, quality assurance, and outcomes research related to those projects.

Examples of potential projects include:

o Surveys of justice-involved individuals and behavioral health providers to best assess the landscape and needs.

o Creation of state-focused training materials within the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI), distinct from, but in partnership with, the CUCS Academy for Justice-Informed Practice, related to the care of justice-involved individuals.

o The study of "post-incarceration" syndrome and the acute and long-term effects of incarceration on mental health.

o Convening of stakeholders around specific project ideas to create white papers or draft policy documents.

o Conducting research on disparities/inequities in behavioral health care.

  • Assist other Program leaders in Program administration, including but not limited to:

o Program and steering committee meeting agendas/minutes/follow-up related to action items.

o Organizing presentations hosted by the Program.

o Creating necessary documents and revising based on feedback.

o Dissemination of relevant information to Program participants and stakeholders.

o Development and management of the Program's website and listserv.

o Coordination of fund-raising efforts that will allow the Program to grow and evolve to best serve the needs of the people most affected by behavioral health and criminal legal systems.

  • Outreach efforts to engage and include perspectives of individuals with relevant lived experience at all phases of the Program's development and work production.
  • Liaise with relevant Divisions within OMH and NYPSI (e.g., Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Division of Forensic Services, Division of State Operated Services, Office Recipient Affairs; Division of Adult Community Care; Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families; Office of Diversity and Inclusion) to identify gaps for which the Program's work can be most helpful to improve person-centered and evidence-based practices.
  • Other activities as needed to fulfill the mission of the Program/NYSPI/OMH.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or higher in relevant area (e.g., Public Administration, Public Health, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology) OR 4 years of comparable work experience (e.g., administrative position at relevant organization or agency; supervisory role in community or institutional organization; research assistant; community organizer.)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year of organizational management experience.

RFMH employees may be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 depending on work location and must provide proof of vaccination. Individuals that are not vaccinated for COVID-19 are ineligible for appointment to positions that require vaccination. Fully vaccinated is defined as two (2) or more weeks since receiving either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or the first and only dose of a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).

Work Location: 1051 Riverside Drive, Pardes, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10032 / or possibility for fully remote.

To Apply: Apply through our website at: Please include a one-page cover letter with your application and contact information for two professional references. Please note, only applications submitted through our website will be considered. All applicants should include a cover letter with their application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

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