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Company : Boulder County, CO

Location : Boulder, CO US

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Mental Health Clinician I
Jail Division
Days of work may vary and may include weekends holidays and nights.
Pay Range: $5662 – $8154
Hiring Range: $5662 – $6908

Mental Health Clinician I is the entry level in the Mental Health Clinician series. Licensed Mental Health Clinicians apply their education and experience to perform various tasks to support the needs of the mental health unit and the inmates we serve.

For clinicians working toward licensure they work under close supervision to provide mental health assessments and referrals for inmates in the correctional setting.

FLSA Status: Non-exempt (eligible for overtime).

Boulder County is a family-friendly workplace dedicated to fostering a diverse inclusive and respectful environment for all employees. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race color religion gender gender identity national origin age disability socio-economic status sexual orientation genetic information or any other status protected by applicable federal state or local law.

Boulder County requires its employees to reside in the state of Colorado as of the first day of work.

Examples of Duties

  • Conducts intakes evaluations and/or assessments for referred inmates.
  • Assess and provide suicidal and/or homicidal intervention and management for high-risk inmates.
  • Provide plans and treatment to inmates in Special Management and inmates who are locked down due to mental health and/or behavioral concerns.
  • Coordinate or link inmates to psychiatric prescribers who require evaluation for medication or re-evaluation of current medications.
  • Provide consultation to security and healthcare staff regarding inmate’s behavior safety concerns or their mental health concerns.
  • Provides mental health crisis intervention for the entire facility.
  • Documents services and encounters appropriately and accurately according to facility and company policies. Maintains required documentation throughout all encounters and provides accessibility of notes for staff.
  • Communicates effectively with mental health medical and security staff as well other entities involved with inmate’s continuity of care.
  • Coordinates with attorneys probation hospitals and other professionals for continuity of care.
  • Preceptor for new staff.

Required Qualifications

Must be well organized and possess detailed assessment skills. Must have the ability to think and act critically. Must interact well with others. Must have a demonstrated understanding of the security issues surrounding inmate mental health care in a detention setting. Documented skills and experience in working in the field of mental health. Must possess good and effective communication skills.

  • Active licensure is required.
  • Will consider Licensed Professional Counselor Candidates working toward licensure.
  • Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology MA Counseling (LPC) MA Clinical Social Work (LCSW) Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT).
  • Correctional mental health experience is preferred.
  • Must obtain and maintain security clearance with the Boulder County Jail/ Sheriff’s Department
  • Must pass background investigation and drug testing.
  • Must pass polygraph test

Supplemental Information

1. Vision – Dual vision is not required. Single eye correctable vision is acceptable. Minimum peripheral vision for single vision is 900 on the ear side and 700 on the nose side. Frequently uses peripheral vision to observe and monitor multiple persons and activity.

2. Hearing – Dual hearing is required. When tested by use of an audiometric device does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard. Mental health staff are constantly required to listen to multiple audible inputs simultaneously such as portable radio conversations telephone conversations conversations with inmates or others noises within the housing units.

3. Sense of Smell – Intact. Occasionally uses olfactory sense to detect illegal use of drugs or chemicals. Occasionally uses the olfactory sense to evaluate the presence of toxic vapors smoke and fuels.

4. Speech – Mental health staff must have the ability to speak and understand English clearly within normal parameters. Constantly uses voice to communicate with other officers professionals prisoners and the public in person and by telephone and two-way radio. Clear diction and audible volume are required.

5. Body Movement – Mental health staff must have mobility of both arms and legs with the ability to move around the work area unassisted. Must be able to walk quickly and climb stairs. Must have the ability and range of flexibility to reach overhead reach below knees and to bend over or squat down to perform job functions. Must have the ability to stand or sit for long periods of time.

As well as offering competitive pay and a caring work environment Boulder County offers employees an array of benefits. For all FTE and Term employees we provide:

  • a family-friendly workplace including paid caregiver leave a breast feeding friendly-work environment sick child care an infants-at-work policy and generous paid vacation medical leave and holidays
  • the opportunity to take charge of your well-being through a nationally-recognized wellness program employee assistance program and the choice of comprehensive health plans that include vision and dental coverage
  • peace of mind for the future with PERA pension PERA 401k and Social Security retirement plans in addition to life and disability insurance as well as critical illness and accidental insurance options
  • the opportunity to master new skills with robust learning programs and certificates federal loan forgiveness (after ten years of public service) and county-paid tuition assistance for continuing education
  • Free EcoPass that can be used any time and for commuting to and from work to the Denver Intranational Airport and Fort Collins and on all bus and rail lines operated by RTD. Opportunity to sign up for a free BCycle membership for bike share in Boulder.

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