Clinical Mental Health Professional

Travis County
Full Time TX 2538 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States
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Overview

Clinical Mental Health Professionals manage staff of mental health professionals who provide direct intervention services to youth involved with Travis County Juvenile Probation, both within a residential and community setting. They develop, implement and manage goals, objectives, activities and schedules related to screening, assessing, monitoring and providing treatment to juveniles. They manage operations, recommend and initiate changes in procedures, protocols and policies. They oversee clinical supervision, licensure of staff and quality assurance of program area. 


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

This is the first in a series of three (3) Clinical Mental Health Professional job classifications within the Social Services family and provides professional mental health services to inmates incarcerated in the Travis County Jail. This classification is distinguished from other Correctional Mental Health Professionals in that most activities are conducted under clinical supervision of senior mental health professionals. This classification requires work in a secure facility with inmates who have serious mental health illnesses and requires a flexible schedule in order to meet the needs of the department

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain safety and security of self, others and facility at all times.
  • Completes regularly assigned screening and assessment of patient suicidal behavior, mental illness, substance use and vulnerabilities.
  • Observes and monitors patient's physical, mental and emotional well-being by looking for behavior patterns and report observations to treatment team.
  • Develops patient treatment plans.
  • Completes daily documentation of patient status.
  • Reports and documents any issues, concerns or problems with medications, or changes in patient mental or physical health.
  • Participates as a member of the treatment team.
  • Communicates patient treatment plans and concerns with mental health and medical staff and corrections officers.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

Master's Degree in Counseling, Social Work or Psychology AND one (1) year social service experience.


Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:

Valid Texas Driver's License.


At least one of the following:

Licensed Masters of Social Worker (LMSW),

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)*,

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)*

Psychologist*

*Those with temporary, provisional, associate or intern LPC, LMFT or Psychologist licenses must provide documentation of on-going clinical supervision during employment until full licensure is achieved. Documentation of full licensure must be provided within 2 years of employment.


Preferred:

Two (2) years' paid experience in the counseling, social work, human services, education or criminal justice fields providing direct services to individuals.

Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP)

Spanish Speaker



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Mental illness, substance use, intellectual &developmental disabilities, head and traumatic brain injuries.
  • Treatment and counseling strategies to address maladaptive behaviors.
  • Criminogenic risk factors that lead to incarceration.
  • Proper documentation practices.
  • Preventative management strategies of aggressive individuals.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to HIPAA and other federal and state laws requiring the confidential handling of certain health information.
Skill in:
  • Active listening, critical thinking, active learning, service orientation, assertiveness, sound judgment and decision making.
  • Effective communication with those impacted by symptoms of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, mania and hallucinations.
  • Development of treatment plans.
  • Problem solving.
  • Use of Electronic Medical Record, Microsoft Office Suite and other basic computer applications.
  • Both verbal and written communication.
Ability to:
  • Discern potential problems and involve appropriate staff in problem solving.
  • Resolve conflict and work with resistant patients to meet treatment goals.
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment.
  • Interact with patients in a caring manner.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, other County employees and officials, community outreach and other organizations, clinical service providers, law enforcement personnel and the general public.

Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 50 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, sitting, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, reaching, twisting, balancing, repetitive motion, driving, client/customer contact, and squatting to perform the essential functions.


Schedule May Vary.  Works some weekends.



Travis County employees play an important role in business continuity. As such, employees can be assigned to business continuity efforts outside of normal job functions.



Criminal, Driving, Education,  and Employment

background checks required.


Drug Test, Alcohol Test,  and Psychological Exam

required.



This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
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