Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Forensics Liaison

Job Locations US-Cleveland
Posted Date 1 week ago(2/14/2018 6:00 AM)
# of Openings
Salary Range
Min Salary
USD $48,326.00/Yr.
Behavioral & Health Supports
Specific Facility
Donzella Administration Building
Position Reports To
Forensic Liaison and Behavioral Support Services Supervisor
Work Schedule
7.5 hours per day / 12 Months


The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking a full-time Forensics Liaison to Identify and coordinate supports to individuals with developmental disabilities who become involved in the criminal justice system through education, advocacy and the provision of service coordination and community linkage. The nature of work will include, but is not limited to, the following:


  • Identify and monitor individuals with developmental disabilities entering the criminal justice system. Identify individuals in the court system already eligible for services at CCBDD.  Provide recommendations to courts, attorneys, psychiatric clinics of various courts, Corrections Center staff, staff of other local jails and detention centers, and pertinent agencies for service and case disposition.
  • Provide screening at Corrections Center, local jails or other centers for detention to determine Forensic Liaison service eligibility.  Procure documentation as needed establish service eligibility.  Coordinate with service providers to develop release plan and/or written recommendations when individual is determined eligible for Forensic Liaison services.
  • Provide written documentation, as needed, to the Court to assist in determining an individual’s eligibility for specialized Mental Health Court Docket(s).
  • Provide Forensic Liaison consultation to individuals eligible for CCBDD. Provide post disposition services to individuals determined eligible for MH/DD Unit of Adult Probation department or Parole department.  Per contract provide services for defendants deemed eligible for MH/DD unit of the Adult Probation Department but who are not eligible for CCBDD services. 
  • Provide assistance in the identification of and development of release plan for individuals with DD that may be eligible for inclusion in Pretrial Release services.
  • Consult with CCBDD staff providing service coordination to individuals involved with the criminal justice system. When needed, facilitate service coordination to insure implementation of plan for supports.
  • Gather assessments of needs for eligible individuals and facilitate access to appropriate services and supports within the DD and criminal justice systems.  Advocate for people's rights to these services.
  • On-call to respond to CCBDD, court and probation systems for Emergency Services during business hours.  Assess immediacy of situations and take all appropriate and necessary action. 
  • Assist in discharge planning and all services and supports as mandated by the courts.Attend court hearings and meetings to advocate for an individual’s rights to services and consult on placement and service decisions. 
  • Coordinate and participate in resolution process in the criminal justice system. 
  • Assist with identifying appropriate residential placement for individuals that are emergency and priority cases transitioning from incarceration.  Assist Support Administrator and families in identifying, exploring and accessing alternatives placements as needed. 
  • Facilitate the eligibility process (in jail/prison) for individuals identified as potentially eligible for CCBDD services.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with individuals, their families, caretakers, service coordinators, criminal justice and court systems, and other agencies to ensure that necessary and appropriate services are being delivered as planned. As needed, may coordinate multiple agency involvement to reduce duplication of services.
  • Establish, maintain and update service logs and caseload files for assigned individuals. Prepare quarterly statistical reports for probation department and CCBDD


UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS:  Work within the jails and comply with security regulations. Carry beeper and provide crisis service during business hours.  Frequent travel in county and periodically out‑of‑county to program sites for eligible individuals. May be required to visit on second or third shift hours. 



  • BA Degree in Special Education, Psychology, Social Work or related field.
  • Three years experience in Service and Support Coordination in a DD program or as a Support Administrator.
  • Maintain valid SSA certification from the DoDD.
  • Maintain valid CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Valid state of Ohio driver's license and continued maintenance of excellent driving record.



Posting End Date:  Open until filled.


Equal Opportunity StatementAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information about the law, click here:  EEO Information


- The Cuyahoga County Board of DD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

- Individuals who may need assistance with the application process should contact Human Resources.

- All Job tentative offers are made with the understanding that prospective new employees pass a drug test and background check prior to being hired. 


Questions about the application process?  Review answers to our FAQs here: FAQS and How to Contact H.R.






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