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Court Liaison - PT - Rising Strong
Title:Court Liaison - PT - Rising Strong
Dept:23 - Rising Strong

Program Summary

The Rising Strong program is collaboration between Catholic Charities and Empire Health Foundation. Based on proven models, Rising Strong focuses on serving families who are at risk for separation due to parental substance abuse by providing safe housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, case management, and other supportive wraparound services. By serving whole families, our aim is to reduce trauma in children, decrease the rates of foster care placements, and remove barriers that traditionally prevent parents from succeeding in substance abuse and mental health treatment. We walk alongside and support vulnerable families as they seek to change their stories.

Job Summary

The Court Liaison is responsible for education and advocacy for our families involved in the Criminal Court system, in addition to their involvement with the Juvenile Court System. The Court Liaison attends court hearings with parents, and educates parents on the court processes and their options. The Court Liaison collaborates with families and court professionals to ensure parents can meet their court requirements while staying engaged in Rising Strong treatment requirements. Additionally, the Court Liaison also assists parents with navigating child support requirements and the Relicensing Program.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties/responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of this job.

Court Liaison

  1. Attend attorney meetings with parents involved in criminal and family court cases.
  2. Attend court hearings and docket meetings with parents.
  3. Assist with program referrals, assessments, scheduling, and program acceptance.
  4. Maintain clear and open communication with Rising Strong staff, case social workers, and other community partners.
  5. Update weekly schedules and court notification forms, including calendar dates.
  6. Keep all concerned parties notified of future court dates and of any changes in situational status.
  7. Share reports from Rising Strong staff with the court and court teams.
  8. Develop resources as needed for parents and children appearing in court.
  9. Advocate on behalf of parents and children appearing in court.
  10. Assist with coordinating alternative options to drug court.
  11. Provide coaching and education to parents to prepare for court hearings.
  12. Hold individual meetings with parents to address their concerns related to their court involvement.
  13. Responsible for attending staff and collaborative meetings to ensure that client information is shared accurately to judges, attorneys, and the district attorney(s).
  14. Provide education and guidance to processes involved in the Criminal Court system, Relicensing Program, and child support requirements.

Other Relevant Duties

  1. Act as an advocate with other community agencies on families’ behalf.
  2. Turn in all required reporting by the appropriate deadlines.
  3. Provide referrals, information, and guidance related to problem-solving, conflict resolution, and progress in court cases.
  4. Represent Rising Strong families in meetings with community agencies as needed.
  5. Enter data into database at enrollment, exit and follow up.
  6. Coordinate with other Rising Strong staff to develop and oversee activities that will benefit the entire program.
  7. Provide transportation for clients, when applicable.
  8. Carry out shift responsibilities (as assigned) during work hours designated at Rising Strong; staff other program areas as needed to provide support to the program
  9. When subpoenaed or otherwise called upon, appear in court to testify regarding families’ involvement in the program
  10. Adheres to the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Doctrine.
  11. Performs related functions necessary to support the mission and core values of Catholic Charities.

Job Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications listed below. These qualifications are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform this job.


Education/Experience: to perform this job successfully, an individual must have a bachelor’s degree in social services or education field and a minimum of two years of related experience and/or training or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated skills in the following areas: interpersonal relationships, problem-solving, organization, and technology.
  • Ability to stay calm and work effectively to resolve crisis situations.
  • High-energy, self-motivated, and self-disciplined team –player.
  • Ability to easily adapt to change.

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of Spokane City and Spokane County community resources.
  • Experience working with issues of homelessness, substance abuse/addiction, mental health and/or poverty preferred.
  • At least two years successful experience in providing case management services and direct client services.
  • Demonstrated experience working with culturally diverse populations and/or demonstrated life experience which qualitatively improves service delivery to Rising Strong families (i.e., diverse health perspectives, cultural and family style approaches).


Certificates/Licenses: To perform this job successfully, an individual must:

  • Have a valid Driver’s License and clean driving record.
  • Successfully pass background check applicable to position.


Physical Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:

  • Regularly sit, stand, climb, walk, lift, pull/push, carry, grasp, reach, stoop/crouch, crawl, talk, hear, taste, or smell.


Mental & Other Skills/Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the:

  • Adaptability: ability to adapt to changes, delays or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.
  • Analytical Ability: ability to maintain focus for extended periods of time; ability to complete research projects with resourcefulness and persistence; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; ability to use intuition and experience to complement existing data.
  • Attendance: ability to consistently arrive and be able to work as scheduled.
  • Computer/Technical Ability: working knowledge of word processing software, internet. Maintains client files and documentation in an appropriate and timely manner and in accordance with Rising Strong policies and procedures.
  • Dependability: ability to follow instructions, both in written and verbal format; ability to respond to management direction; ability to complete tasks on time or notify the appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.
  • Interpersonal Skills: ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations. Awareness of and sensitivity to the service population’s culture and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Judgment: ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.
  • Language Ability:
  • Intermediate Ability: ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Mathematical Ability: (choose the level that applies)
  • Basic Ability: ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Motor Coordination: the ability to coordinate eyes, hands, fingers, and feet accurately and handle precise movements.
  • Problem Solving Ability: ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.
  • Quality Management: ability to complete duties, on time and with absolute precision, at least 95% of the time; ability to edit the accuracy and thoroughness of one’s work as well as the work of others; ability to constructively apply feedback to improve performance, ability to generate ideas to improve and promote quality in work.
  • Reasoning Ability:
      • High Ability: ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Workplace Environmental Conditions

While performing the essential duties/responsibilities of this job, the employee will be:

  • Client Population may include persons involved in gangs, with substance abuse concerns, homelessness and/or tendencies towards violent behavior.
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