• Bachelor’s (Preferred)
  • Social Work: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Driver’s License (Preferred)

Full Job Description

ACR Health is a not-for-profit, community-based organization providing a range of support services to individuals with chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, asthma, substance use disorders, and serious mental illnesses, and targeted prevention and sexual health services to individuals, from youth through adulthood with the goal of positive health outcomes. We are currently hiring for a Criminal Justice Linkage Specialist in our Watertown office.

In order to be considered:

Submit a cover letter and resume to HR@acrhealth.org

Criminal Justice Linkage Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Incorporate best practices regarding confidentiality into all job duties and communications in accordance with Article 27-F and HIPAA, ACR Health policies and procedures and other applicable regulations. Protect agency data in accordance with confidentiality procedures and protocols. Observe and abide by the HIV Confidentiality Law and HIPAA.
  • Pass NYS (New York State) DOCCS (Department of Correction and Community Supervision’s) background investigation and Volunteer selection process as a contingency of employment.
  • Attend NYS DOCCS annual volunteer training, submit to NYS DOCCS required annual tuberculosis testing and adhere to NYS DOCCS Volunteer Policies.
  • Act as an agency liaison and foster working relationships with Volunteer Coordinators, Corrections Officers (CO), Nurses, SURNs (Senior Utilization Review Nurse), ORCs (Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators), Deputy Superintendents, Superintendents, and other Administrators and DOCCS Personnel when appropriate.
  • Attend medical callouts from incarcerated individuals seeking information/services.
  • Work with SURN to receive referrals for HIV positive incarcerated individuals who are being released and/or who are out of care. Connect incarcerated individuals to services in their community and/or to appropriate DOCCS medical care to become virally suppressed.
  • Provide linkage to acute care for presenting medical issues, preventive services, and facilitated referrals for ongoing primary care, sub-specialty medical care, and behavioral health treatment services for incarcerated individuals.
  • Provides individuals with Protocol Based Counseling activities, including: counseling, risk assessment and development of a corresponding risk reduction plan.
  • Implementation of designated interventions outlined in assigned work plan, monthly services summary, and logic model.
  • Maintain accurate client and service records in accordance with Prevention Department’s policy and procedures.

Criminal Justice Linkage Specialist Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in health & human services, or related field; OR 4 years’ experience working in non-profit social service agency providing direct services to diverse populations (e.g., persons of color, MSM, substance users, mentally ill, etc.) OR an equal combination of education/experience.
  • Basic knowledge about HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis, and experience working with young gay men/YMSM, is helpful but not required.
  • Automobile and valid NYS driver’s license required.
  • Experience delivering stigma-free, non-judgmental and culturally-competent services.
  • Sensitivity to AIDS, chronic illness, LGTBQ issues and a strong commitment to the mission, vision, and values of ACR Health are essential.
  • Strong computer skills

Criminal Justice Linkage Specialist Benefits:

  • Career development through ongoing trainings, individual development plans and goals.
  • Competitive salary
  • Generous paid time off policy including four+ weeks’ vacation and 11 paid holidays.
  • Excellent Medical, Dental and Vision benefits
  • 403(b) retirement plan We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, pregnancy status or sexual orientation or any other protected category.

Please, no phone calls. Only applicants selected for interviews will be called. We wish we could personally respond to each application but due to the volume of interest we receive, we are not able to.

ACR Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: Up to $35,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)


  • Social Work: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Driver’s License (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No