The Misdemeanor Incompetent to Stand Trial (MIST) Program serves defendants in Los Angeles that are facing misdemeanor charges and found incompetent to stand trial. This population is often chronically homeless with severe mental health disorders and, without alternative resources must remain in the County Jail, until their maximum sentence is served or are restored to competency. The Los Angeles Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR) has addressed the needs of this population through a diversion program that places them in residential community settings. The goal of MIST is to restore these individuals to competency whilst living and receiving treatment in the community. Program participants are under an active Court order and required to remain medication compliant while in residence. If restored to competency prior to their maximum date of treatment, participants are sent back to criminal court to face their charge(s). Upon successful program completion, misdemeanor charges are dropped, and program participants are transitioned into permanent supportive housing.
The Transportation Care Coordinator reports directly to the Operations Supervisor and provides transportation for all client services. The Transportation Care Coordinator will take clients to appointments in the community and assist them with filling out applications and completing doctor’s questionnaires. Additionally, this role will support all client care needs when not providing transportation. The Transportation Care Coordinator will build supportive, trusting relationships by demonstrating consistency and follow-through; collaborate within a multi-disciplinary team to develop achievable, short- and long-term goals; coordinate appointments, provide crisis interventions as necessary, facilitate client engagement groups, attend outings, and operate using a harm reduction approach. The Transportation Care Coordinator will support the client in navigating through systemic challenges and connect them to other community-based support services for successful coordination of after-care upon program completion.