Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) is seeking a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) for the Department of Youth Services Boston Juvenile Re-Entry Team to provide Administration & Clinical Consultation and Clinical Services. The position will be located at the Boston Juvenile Re-entry Office. This addition to the Re-Entry Team will facilitate the connection with the DYS high risk/need youth at the time they are chosen for re-entry. Using the relevant clinical information, the clinician will assist the Re-Entry Team in formulating a tangible service delivery plan based on the unique needs of each youth.
The Department of Youth Services (DYS), under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapters 18A, 119 and 120, is the juvenile justice agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Department’s mission is to protect the public and prevent crime by promoting positive change in the lives of youth committed to DYS care and custody, and by partnering with communities, families, government and provider agencies toward this end. The Department accomplishes its mission through interventions that build knowledge, develop skills and promote positive change in the behavior of the youth in DYS care and custody.
The goal of DYS is to focus on youths’ gradual reintegration back to the community as productive citizens. DYS works in partnership with provider agencies, law enforcement and school officials, families, communities and others to ensure that the services provided are effective and that they create pathways to success for the young men and women in DYS care and custody. By working in close collaboration with these entities, DYS can continue to help make communities better and safer places.
The Department of Youth Services has undertaken several program and management restructuring initiatives with the overarching goal of increasing the level of efficiency and effectiveness of Department programs and services. These actions were initiated in order to continue the provision of care and custody of youth under increasing difficult budgetary constraints and the growth in the population of juveniles committed to DYS.