Position Status: Grant funded independent contractor until June 30, 2022
Location: Brockton District Courthouse 215 Main Street, Brockton, MA
Compensation: Payment commensurate to negotiated hourly rate to accomplish project goals. Funding for this contract is made possible through a one-year grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.
Contract Duration: A contract for services will expire on June 30, 2022.
Brockton District Court Application for Complaint Screening & Diversion Pilot
Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office
Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
During the Spring of 2021, the Trial Court contacted the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office (PCDAO) about serving as the host site for a pilot project to screen applications for complaints. The premise behind the pilot is to have local and state police departments submit their applications for complaint electronically, with PCDAO reviewing the applications for complaint prior to the clerk’s office issuing the complaint. The short term outcome is to ensure that charging decisions are appropriate, and identify and work with the police and clerk to correct any over, under, or incorrect charging applications, in an effort to improve overall court congestion and efficiency. In addition, earlier pathways for diversion will be possible, including drug diversion.
Expansion of Adult Diversion to Include Drug Diversion
If it is determined that a person otherwise eligible for diversion may have a substance use disorder or mental health condition, the Director of Diversion will refer the candidate to the Clinician for assessment. Clinician will meet with the candidate at the Brockton District Court, complete a substance use disorder/mental health assessment, and if appropriate, create a treatment plan for the candidate. The treatment plan will be added to the Adult Diversion Contract. Participation by the candidate is voluntary, but the diverted person will be mandated to make meaningful progress toward the treatment plan in order to successfully complete diversion.
The defendant’s arraignment or prosecution in district court may be postponed to allow for the completion of the treatment plan. If the defendant successfully completes the treatment plan the case will be dismissed. If the defendant drops out of the treatment plan or does not complete the treatment plan, the prosecution of the case will proceed.
It is anticipated that the arraignments of potential diversion candidates will be scheduled bi-weekly to allow for multiple candidates to be assessed at the same time.
**The Clinician will be paid a negotiated hourly rate to complete each assessment.
- Licensed psychologist, licensed independent clinical social worker, or designated forensic psychologist; or designated forensic social worker.
- experience in assessing and diagnosing substance use disorders and mental illnesses;
- experience in creating treatment plans;
- Previous work experience with court involved individuals is preferred;
- Ability to connect with diverse populations; and
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and ethical standards
District Attorney Cruz is committed to recruiting and retaining staff that reflects the diversity of the multicultural community that we serve. The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office affords equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity or expression, genetics, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, political affiliation, veteran status or any other status that is protected by local, state or federal law.