Youth Intake Screener


ACTS is a non profit organization that has been serving the community for over 30 years  providing individualized behavioral health services in substance abuse and mental health. ACTS mission is to apply the best of contemporary physical and behavioral health interventions and social support services available to assist individuals and families to engage and succeed in Recovery.


The Youth Intake Screener works  in a JAC (Juvenile Assessment Center) in Bartow, FL. setting of a human services agency providing alcohol, drug abuse, mental health, juvenile justice or other services.  Duties include spending a majority of time screening clients for diversion programs.

Pre-requisite Requirements:

High School Diploma plus two years of experience working with youth.

Bachelor's Degree preferred.

Must possess a valid Florida Driver's License, industry accepted driving history and maintain vehicle insurance required by the State of Florida.

All ACTS, Inc. employees must be able and willing to work when expected to accommodate program and/or agency needs, participate in the agency's Quality Improvement Program and attend all assigned/required trainings, practice on-the-job safety at all times, and demonstrate the ability to communicate and work with others and be respectful of peers, supervisors, clients, guests, etc. If required by contract or administrative rule, must fully participate in NAPPI or DJJ PAR (crisis intervention) training and able to apply same to work setting.

Scope of Responsibility:  Conducts interviews to assess social, legal, medical, psychological and educational needs of client; provides casework services to assist clients in obtaining social, educational and vocational goals.

Engages clients to talk and communicates empathically about their addiction or mental illness, medications and recovery to promote understanding of their illness/illnesses and hope for recovery.

Core Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

Ensure that Detention and Diversion Screening Units staff performs required DJJ functions (Probation and Community Corrections Handbook and Quality Assurance Standards)

Ensures accurate documentation and data entry relating to a juvenile?s processing within JJIS Determines client?s funding sources and completes documentation as necessary.

Complete admission and orientation documentation; may administer or interpret screening/assessment instruments.

Develops plans, which include services to address needs according to assessment.

Shares in the DJJ schedule for attending detentions hearings on weekends and State holidays

Attend court hearings and serve as an advocate for clients.

The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to position.

ACTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. ACTS is an EEO/AA DFWP Employer.