Posting: IOP Boundary Spanner- Monroe Community Mental Health Authority

May 2, 2023

IOP Boundary Spanner

Department:  Access/Crisis/Diversion

Reports To:  Jail Diversion Supervisor


The purpose of the IOP Boundary Spanner is to provide early intervention for individuals incarcerated at the Monroe County Jail under a misdemeanor offense, or a felony being pled down to a misdemeanor, who have a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or Co-Occurring disorder. The IOP Boundary Spanner will work in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office, Salvation Army Harbor Light (SAHL), and other community partners to work on early release into an IOP treatment program through SAHL. The IOP Boundary Spanner will serve in the critical role of “spanning the boundary” between incarceration, SUD services, and Monroe Community Mental Health Services. IOP Boundary Spanner will work on creating re-entry plans for all individuals eligible for the program, which will include crisis and safety planning, and will coordinate to meet the needs of any identified gaps in the individual having their basic needs met.

Duties and Competencies Assessed by Performance Evaluation(s):

Core Knowledge

  1. Demonstrates ability to identify severity of illness by assessing symptom acuity, functional abilities, and risk factors.
  2. Demonstrates ability to accurately assess psychiatric symptomatology and risk of harm to self or others.
  3. Demonstrates ability to assess, complete, and document an accurate behavioral health diagnostic impression diagnosis based on the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and knowledge of corresponding ICD codes, and treatment recommendations. This includes diagnoses related to mental illness (or serious emotional disturbance), intellectual disabilities/cognitive impairments, substance use/abuse/dependence for all ages.
  4. Demonstrates ability to develop an evaluation of what is causing a crisis situation and develop a plan of safety, which includes alternative resources to hospitalization.
  5. Demonstrates ability to assess substance abuse/dependence.
  6. Demonstrates ability to perform pre-screening for admissions for psychiatric hospitalization.
  7. Demonstrates knowledge of the special needs of people with developmental disability, mental illness, and children with serious emotional disturbance.
  8. Demonstrates knowledge of health insurance benefits.
  9. Demonstrates knowledge of Duty to Warn, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Elder Abuse reporting laws and the ability to complete mandatory reporting requirements.
  10. Demonstrates knowledge of eligibility criteria and medical necessity criteria for CMH services, based on current state and federal standards. This includes but is not limited to the current MI Mental Health Code and the current MI Medicaid Provider Manual.
  11. Demonstrates knowledge of state, federal, and local standards and practices related to service utilization, utilization management, and utilization review.

Core Assessment

  1. Provides face-to-face assessments consistent with authority standards as needed, schedules admission appointments, or makes referrals to outside agencies or service providers consistent with signed contracts and/or interagency service agreements, including but not limited to, Peace Officers, Jail Administrations and staff, Prosecutor Office, Defense Attorney’s Judges and Probation Officers.
  2. Coordinates supports/services with the consumer’s identified primary health care provider and upon consent, sends letter to the primary care physician according to agency standards.
  3. Coordinates SUD needs with the Access Department to ensure proper evaluation of needs and proper authorization of services are in place.
  4. Maintain excellent rapport with staff members of all agencies and recognize and support the need for cooperation and coordination.
  5. Assesses need for psychiatric consultation authorization.
  6. Provides community education by interactions and presentations.
  7. Provides information and prepares periodic reports in an accurate manner and a timely basis.
  8. Maintains complete and detailed case records and service activity documentation consistent with MDHHS best practice guidelines and standards, authority procedures, and requirements of third-party payer sources.
  9. Implements interdisciplinary peer review recommendations and decisions on a retrospective and prospective basis.
  10. Create re-entry plans for all participants in the program.

Performs other related duties as assigned. 

  1. Transportation of consumers when necessary to transport from jail, SUD community treatment, or others as deemed appropriate.
  2. Identifies, operationalizes, and implements, with approval, performance improvement indicators for this program area. Actively participates in agency-wide performance improvement activities. Maintains individual credentials and participates in education and training necessary to maintain current competency(s) in skill areas essential for implementing job duties and responsibilities.
  3. Follows oral and written direction completing tasks as assigned by due dates.
  4. Maintains working knowledge of software applications used in performance of daily duties.

Corporate Compliance Responsibilities:

  1. Complies with and maintains competence with all applicable laws, regulations, standards, and rules governed under Medicare, Medicaid, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), The Joint Commission, and any applicable funding sources.
  2. Understands, adheres, and maintains competence with all MCMHA and CMHPSM standards, policies, procedures as they appear in MCMHA’s, Management of Information, Finance-Contract Management, Recipient Rights, Performance Improvement, Administration, Human Resources, Environment and Provision of Care Policies.
  3. Complies with and maintains competence with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations as they pertain to privacy and confidentiality.
  4. Interacts appropriately with managers and peers. Performs required duties with an awareness of impact upon the Authority structure as a whole.
  5. Works as a Team Player within the entire Authority Structure and within the community.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the occupant of the position. The statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and be self-directed in organizing time and tasks. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensure, experience, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education, Training and Licensing Credentials:

Degree/License: Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology or Counseling with current licensure. CAADC certification preferred.

Experience: Two years previous experience with SUD and Co-Occurring (MI/Substance Abuse) populations preferred. One year experience working within the Criminal Justice System with adults with SUD/Co-Occurring disorders preferred. Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide the appropriate care for the specific clinical needs and ages of the individuals served. Demonstrated knowledge of the clinical needs, symptoms, and behaviors of individuals served, as well as understand the principles of growth and development over the life span; have the ability to assess data reflecting each individual’s status; interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each individual’s requirements in relation to his or her age-specific/population specific needs; and to provide the care needed by the appropriate age group - (adolescent, adult and geriatric).

Other Competencies and Abilities:

The following physical and mental abilities are required:

ability to work in a complex, detail oriented, deadline and structured environment; frequent lifting or carrying up to 15 pounds, must be able to hear, frequent standing/walking, ability to communicate effectively in person and/or phone, the ability to read, analyze and interpret information, ability to write correspondence and procedures, ability to maintain records, ability to define and solve practical problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, ability to influence others. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word and other applications if/when required. Ability to be trained and successfully complete other computer training as required. A valid driver’s license, proof of current automobile insurance and driving record determined by the Authority’s insurance carrier to be eligible for coverage if required as part of positions duties.

Job Contact:

Sarah Maniaci

HR Specialist

1001 S. Raisinville Road

Monroe, MI 48161

Ph: 734-384-0391



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