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D186 - Jail Services - Discharge Planner / Re-Entry Specialist

668 Oglethorpe St, Macon, GA 31201, USA Req #59
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

About River Edge Behavioral Health

Serving more than 10,000 Georgians, River Edge continues to be one of the state's leading resources for mental health, substance use disorder treatments and supports as well as individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. River Edge offers outpatient services at our Emery Highway-Macon, Monroe County and Baldwin County locations. Outpatient services include behavioral health, nursing, and psychiatric assessment, stabilization and medication maintenance services as well as crisis intervention services as well as awareness, education and recovery groups. 

River Edge is currently seeking a Full-time Discharge Planner/Re-entry Specialist for the Judiciary In-reach Program. Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Discharge Planner/Re-entry Specialist will assist detainees in the Bibb County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) with navigating community resources and services as they reestablish their lives in the community. The Discharge Planner's goal is to educate and advocate with individuals to prepare them and their families for a successful release from jail. The discharge planner collaborates with the multi- disciplinary team about what the ongoing treatment needs are and how these needs can be addressed in the community.

Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM 

FLSA Classification: Hourly, Non-Exempt 

Benefits Offered:

  • Competitive Pay
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • 401k with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Short and Long-term disability coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Discount Program

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Complete required documentation to support skill training, needs assessments as assigned, and resource development for individuals.
  • Coordinates with jail behavioral health staff to provide highly coordinated support for detainees, transitioning to the community.
  • Regularly Attend any community events to build partnerships.
  • Coordinates teamwork, resource acquisition and service planning needed to enable expedited release from BCSO and coordinates linkage to initial post-release resources.
  • Reviewing re-entry and individual goals
  • Coordinates program-related data collection and analysis, outcomes measurement, service evaluation and improvement for reporting to River Edge Quality Improvement Committee and funder.
  • Support linkage to mental health/substance abuse treatment, stable medication management, housing, employment, and assisting with benefit applications.
  • Monitor wellness check-ins with mentors.
  • Support Group Facilitators in the jail.


  • Bachelor's degree in social work, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and/or Psychology.
  • At least one (1) year experience working with behavioral health clients (mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities).
  • Must have strong clinical skills.
  • Must have ability to multi-task and remain organized.
  • All applicants must pass a satisfactory background clearance and pre-employment drug test.
  • Provide 2 Professional references.


Documentation Management: Proficiency in completing accurate and comprehensive documentation, including skill training records, needs assessments, resource development efforts, and program-related data collection, ensuring compliance with organizational, regulatory, and funding requirements.

Coordination and Collaboration: Ability to effectively coordinate with jail behavioral health staff, community partners, and other stakeholders to provide seamless support for detainees transitioning to the community, including coordinating service planning, resource acquisition, and linkage to post-release resources.

Data Analysis and Evaluation: Skill in conducting program-related data collection, analysis, and outcomes measurement to evaluate service effectiveness and identify areas for improvement, facilitating evidence-based decision-making and reporting to relevant committees and funders.

Relationship Building: Capacity to cultivate strong partnerships with community organizations, stakeholders, and mentors through regular attendance at community events and collaborative efforts, fostering trust, collaboration, and support for program objectives.

Supportive Mentoring: Ability to provide ongoing support and guidance to individuals transitioning from incarceration to the community, including monitoring wellness check-ins with mentors, facilitating access to necessary services, and supporting progress towards individual goals, promoting successful reintegration and recovery.

Additional Information:

The Application Process

  • All qualified applicants will be considered.
  • This position is subject to close once a suitable candidate pool has been identified.
  • The hiring managers will contact only those selected for an interview.
  • Applicants who are not selected will receive notification via email.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, we cannot provide information on application status by phone or email.

Safe Working Environment

We at River Edge believe every employee has a right to a safe work environment. Therefore, we recommend full vaccination of all employees. Getting the vaccine, frequently washing your hands, sanitizing common areas, and wearing your mask are the most effective ways to fight.

Diversity and Inclusion

River Edge Behavioral Health is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, genetic makeup, disability, age, or veteran status.

Drug-Free Workplace

River Edge Behavioral Health is a drug-free workplace with a longstanding commitment to providing a safe, quality-oriented, and productive work environment. In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, all applicants must pass a satisfactory background clearance and pre-employment drug screen.

At-Will Workplace

Employment with River Edge Behavioral Health is at will. At-will means your employment relationship with River Edge Behavioral Health or Affordable Business Solution is for an indefinite period and is subject to termination by you or River Edge Behavioral Health, with or without cause, with or without notice, and at any time.

EEOC Statement

River Edge Behavioral Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer: River Edge Behavioral Heath recruits qualified candidates for positions in its service area. It is the policy of River Edge Behavioral Health to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. It prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

If you are looking for an opportunity to make life better and a strong desire for personal growth we encourage you to apply. We promptly review all applications. Highly qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.

We are an equal opportunity employer and highly value diversity.  We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

All selected applicants must pass a satisfactory background clearance and pre-employment drug test.


Other details

  • Job Family Planner
  • Job Function Non-Managerial
  • Pay Type Hourly
Location on Google Maps
  • 668 Oglethorpe St, Macon, GA 31201, USA