Reports To: Director of Mental Health Services
Purpose of Position
The purpose of this position is to assess, refer and arrange treatment services for jail inmates; coordinate mental health services; and train jail staff members regarding inmate mental health screening. The work is performed under the direction of the Director of Mental Health Services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
These are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
The Sheriff reserves the right to amend or deviate from this job description if, in his opinion, it is in the best interest of the Sheriff’s Office.
- Assess inmates’ mental health status and potential for self-harm. Prepare written reports on each inmate.
- Conduct rounds in special housing units, i.e. segregation and observation
- Direct jail staff regarding difficult inmates.
- Maintain a group psychoeducation and substance abuse program.
- Develop and maintain comprehensive inmate mental health program.
- Develop and conduct training for correctional staff.
- Recommend policy and procedures dealing with mental health issues.
- Approve special housing assignments for inmates with mental health problems.
- Coordinate services with mental health agencies. Coordinate referrals and community assistance program.
- Maintain a suicide prevention and intervention program.
- Provide counseling services.
- Direct and provide supervision of intern and practicum students.
- Participate in ongoing training.
- Conduct pre-employment evaluations.
- Conduct court ordered evaluations as directed.
- Provide staff referrals to employee assistance as needed.
- Rotate on an on-call schedule with the Director of Mental Health.
- Conduct ongoing research. Compile and analyze statistics.
- Consult with other correctional agencies.
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and enrolled in a doctoral program, two years of professional clinical experience (Psychiatric in-patient and/or out-patient) at the Master’s level or above, and in pursuit of state licensure and certification. A Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical Psychology, completion of at least one year clinical internship training, and licensed to practice psychology is preferred.
Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
- Ability to decide the time, place and sequence of operations within an organizational framework, and to oversee their execution.
- Ability to analyze and categorize data and information using established criteria, to determine consequences and identify and select alternatives.
- Ability to manage and direct a group of workers, including the ability to provide counseling and mediation.
- Ability to persuade, convince and train others.
- Ability to advise and interpret regarding the application of policies, procedures and standards to specific situations.
- Ability to utilize consulting and advisory data and information such as legal briefs, psychological analysis, psychology research, textbooks, medical reference materials, educational curricula, mental health diagnostic manuals, jail manual and standards, inmate records, medical records, criminal histories, court records, jail logs, non-routine correspondence.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing with inmates, jail staff, probation and parole personnel, students, attorneys, medical care providers and the general public.
- Ability to apply algebraic formulas, Ability to interpret inferential statistical reports and/or formulation and equation data.
Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability
- Ability to use functional reasoning in performing synthesis and influence functions such as leading, controlling, managing, supervising and teaching.
- Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the direction, control and planning of an entire program or multiple programs.
- Ability to operate a variety of office equipment including computer terminal, telephone, calculator/adding machine and photocopier.
- Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing moderately coordinated movements such as typing.
- Ability to exert very moderate physical effort in sedentary to light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, lifting, reaching over head, carrying, pushing and pulling 50 pounds.
- Ability to recognize and identify degrees of similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, forms, sounds, tastes, odors and textures associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks.
- While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand on feet up to 8 hours a day, use hands and fingers to handle or feel; use sight, talk and hear.
- Ability to work under unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as irate individuals, intimidation, violence and disease causes discomfort and where there is a risk of injury and loss of life.
Condition of Employment
Greene County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Employee will be required to demonstrate continued knowledge of this position’s current regulations and requirements. All employees are required to follow safety standards and wear all personal protective equipment in designated areas.
Candidate must meet the requirements of the full job description as stated throughout the duration of employment with Greene County.