Regional Justice Center-Mental Health Professional
Chelan County Regional Justice Center 401 Washington Street Wenatchee, WA 98801
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position is responsible for identification of inmates who suffer from Mental Disorders as well as
Co-Existing Substance Abuse Disorders. Criteria is based on diagnoses utilizing the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5 2013 Edition.
This position is responsible for screening, diagnosing, and providing a mental health intake or appraisal for inmates that need ongoing mental health services that include treatment planning and case management per Lexipol policies and best practice standards. This position is also responsible for implementation of a cross system collaboration including existing Jail personnel, contracted medical provider, outside mental health treatment providers, emergency room personnel, forensic services through Eastern State Hospital, other psychiatric institutions, courts, law enforcement, Department of Corrections, families, and other necessary social service agencies to ensure full utilization of inmate support systems to promote the stabilization and reduce recidivism among the inmate population.
MINIMUM POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
Mental Health Professional (working towards Licensure)
Registered Nursing Degree and or Bachelors’ Degree in Health or Social related fields working a minimum of three years in a mental health field,working towards Master’s Degree and Licensure
Ability to read and write in the English language
Must possess a current Washington State Driver’s License
Must have basic typing/keyboard skills
United States citizenship or lawful permanent resident and the ability to read and write English language as required by RCW 41.14.100.
Must be no less than 21 years of age
Applicants must be able to successfully pass a background investigation, additional interviews, and pass medical, physical, drug screen, and polygraph examinations.
Must meet minimum medical and health standards adopted by the Regional Justice Center.
Once employed, the applicants must meet all required certifications and maintain all other standards necessary for the performance of job duties.
Duties and Responsibilities
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
PRIORITY: IDENTIFY AND STABILIZE THE SUICIDAL/HOMICIDAL INMATE:
Inmates booked into the facility that are observed to be suicidal or homicidal or both by the booking officer will be seen immediately by the Mental Health Professional during on-duty hours, or the county designated crisis responder, or the jail’s Mental Health Coordinator, after hours, to evaluate for suicidal/homicidal ideation, and determine if they meet detention criterion accordance with RCW 71.05.
SCREENING NEW INMATES:
New inmates who are booked into the jail will be screened by the Mental Health Professional utilizing the Medical Receiving Screening form and the Mental Health Screening form.
PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION AND DIAGNOSES TO THOSE INMATES WHO ARE SCREENED FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES:
The Mental Health Professional will evaluate the mentally ill inmate for multiaxial assessment and diagnosis, intake and or appraisal, treatment planning, and case management.
IDENTIFY CURRENT AND OR POTENTIAL PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION USE:
The Mental Health Professional will identify psychiatric medication needs and will report theseneeds to the Medical Provider.
THE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WILL COORDINATE WITH THE CLASSIFICATION DEPARTMENT:
The Mental Health Professional will assist the Classification Department as necessary with appropriate housing of the mentally ill inmate.
ESTABLISH COMMUNICATION AND FACILITATE OUTSIDE SUPPORT SERVICES:
Appropriate community social service providers will be contacted to potentially provide re-entry services into the community before and after incarceration.
PROVIDE ONE-ON-ONE FOLLOW-UP AND CRISIS COUNSELING WITH IDENTIFIED INMATES:
The Mental Health Professional will provide one-on-one follow up and crisis counseling.
PARTICIPATE IN COURT AS CONSULTANT:
The Mental Health Professional will participate in court as a consultant to judicial staff on behalf of the mentally ill offender in regards to the order of competency evaluation (RCW 10.77.060). The Mental Health Professional will participate in obtaining furloughs that are needed for the petition of involuntary detention in accordance with RCW 71.05.
COORDINATE INMATE AND STAFF INVOLVEMENT WITH EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL AS WELL AS OTHER PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS:
The Mental Health Professional will coordinate scheduling competency evaluations with Eastern State Hospital, will coordinate court transport of inmates to and from Eastern State Hospital, will assist with inmate re-entry into the jail from the psychiatric facility, and will meet with the inmate individually to provide follow up services. The Mental Health Professional will also assist in coordinating inmate involvement with other psychiatric hospitals.
COMMUNICATE WITH JAIL LIAISON PROGRAM SOCIAL WORKERS:
The Mental Health Professional will provide inmate referrals and information to the jail liaison social workers for continued re-entry into the community.
CLINICAL PAPERWORK COMPLETION:
The Mental Health Professional will complete all paperwork to reflect inmate services.
IN-HOUSE AND COMMUNITY MEETINGS:
The Mental Health Professional will attend and participate in meetings that will improve
Communication and mental health services to the jail at the request of the Mental Health
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
County, state, and federal laws governing incarceration and the mentally ill.
Department Policies and Procedures
Current mental health and diagnostic and evaluation tools
Mandatory and elective continuing education credits for continued licensure
First Aid, CPR, PREA, principals and application
Communicate effectively with staff, inmates, and the public, both orally and in writing.
Act without direct supervision and exercise independent discretion
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions
Cope with situations firmly, courteously and tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others
Interact positively with other agencies and departments
This position is non-exempt and answers directly to the Mental Health Coordinator. Work is performed according to departmental regulations and procedures prescribed by the Director, who will generally appraise the effectiveness of the employee and adherence to established policies.
While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to work in a detention/correctional setting and use standard office and communication equipment. The employee is regularly exposed to hazardous situations which involve physically violent persons, mentally and emotionally disturbed persons, persons with infectious diseases, highly stressful situations, and is and can be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. This position requires stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, mobility, fingering and grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Job descriptions are not intended, and should not be construed to be exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with a position. They are intended to be accurate reflections of those principal job elements essential for making fair pay decisions about jobs. The above description is intended to provide only a basic guideline for meeting job requirements and may change as the needs of the organization evolve.
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