The New York City Administration for Children’s Services protects New York City’s children from abuse and neglect. Along with our community partners, Children’s Services provides neighborhood-based services to help ensure children grow up in safe, permanent homes with strong families.
The Division of Youth and Family Justice (DYFJ) is responsible for oversight and management of secure and non-secure detention services for juveniles awaiting disposition in family, criminal, and supreme courts. DYFJ also oversees a wide network of providers throughout the five boroughs that operate Non-Secure and Limited Secure Placement sites for youth who are adjudicated delinquent and are placed by the New York City Family Court, and a vast network of community-based alternative programs for youth involved in, or at risk for involvement in, the Juvenile Justice system.
Under administrative direction and in consultation and guidance from the ACS Office of Child and Family Health, the Executive Director of Health Programs and Services will work within the DYFJ continuum to ensure that youth in the care and/or custody of ACS receive the best possible medical care. In doing so, the Executive Director of Health Programs and Services will work closely with the Associate Commissioners of Juvenile Justice Programs and Services, Detention Services, Close –to-Home, Community-Based Alternatives, and Planning, Policy & Performance and leaders in each of the respective program areas in the development, implementation, monitoring and continuous quality improvement of standards of clinical practice related to health services. S/he will also interface with external agencies, public and private, on health policy and programmatic issues. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:
- Perform audits of medical charts at Juvenile Justice Detention and Placement residential sites to evaluate medical operations using agency-developed tools and scoring methods to determine compliance with federal, state, and city regulatory mandates and ACS-approved health standards
- In consultation with and guidance from the ACS Office of Child and Family Health, analyze data and reports to identify practice trends and policies affecting health service delivery and coordination/continuity of care in juvenile justice settings
- Collaborate with DYFJ program area staff to dissect health-related incidents involving juvenile justice youth, and ensure that ACS-contracted medical and psychiatry staff and voluntary agency staffs meet their contractual obligations with respect to the delivery and coordination of health-related services
- Actively participate in the development of corrective action plans to ACS-contracted medical, psychiatry, and voluntary agency staffs, and coordinate with other department within DYFJ and the Office of Child and Family Health to provide consultation and technical assistance to ACS’ contracted providers on health-related practice and policy issues
- Collaborate with internal/external consultants and key agency staff in identifying and developing training strategies and practices aimed at improving the quality of medical services for youth in the care and/or custody of ACS
- Assist with strategic analysis and planning work for the Division, including needs assessments, service gap identification, research, policy analysis, and efforts to develop sound juvenile justice policies, programs, and strategies throughout the juvenile justice continuum
- Manage and maintain inter and cross-divisional relationships through the coordination and facilitation of planning, ad-hoc meetings, and conference calls to create consistent and streamlined processes for communication in order to leverage resources that supports the promotion of integrated, culturally competent delivery models for health services in Detention, Close to Home, and Community-Based Alternatives
- Participate in the development of proposals for program funding and other projects
- Under administrative direction, provide strategic support to the Associate Commissioner of Juvenile Justice Programs and Services and other inter and intra-divisional staff in order to further divisional and agency-wide goals
The preferred candidate should possess: A valid New York State License and current registration as a Registered Nurse; a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) or other relevant graduate degree, with four (4) plus years’ experience in clinical practice settings with children and adolescents in inpatient and/or outpatient setting; Experience with medical record audits; Training and in public health policy work, program assessment, evaluation and monitoring; and familiarity with the New York City child welfare, juvenile justice, and health and mental health systems.
Section 424-A of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-caring responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report.