Mental Health Clinician

State of Alaska
Full Time $2,644 - $2,931 Per month AK Alaska State Corrections Department, Craig, AK 99921, United States Apply before 7/3/2024 5:00


***The Department of Corrections is currently offering a hire incentive bonus of up to $15,000.00. The incentive bonus will be paid in two equal installments, minus mandatory deductions. The first installment will be paid 90 calendar days after the first day of employment, and upon demonstrating an overall mid-acceptable performance rating.  The second and final installment will be paid upon the employee's successful completion of the probationary period. Payments will be due within sixty (60) calendar days of such request.  To receive an incentive, employees are expected to agree to a three-year term of employment with the Department of Corrections.*** 

The Department of Corrections, Division of Health and Rehabilitation Services is recruiting for multiple Mental Health Clinician 2 positions to join the team in Mackenzie Point, Alaska. 
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What you will be doing:
This position will be assigned to open population mental health treatment team at Goose Creek Correctional Center in Mackenzie Point. Clinicians assigned to this team provide assessments, milieu management, crisis intervention; release planning; therapeutic groups; supportive counseling; and coordination with security, medical and mental health staff. This position will work under the supervision of a Mental Health Clinician 3.

As a Mental Health Clinician 2, incumbents under the direct supervision of a Mental Health Clinician 3 will:
  • Screen & triage inmates presenting with a wide variety of diagnoses including severe and persistent mental illness, behavior problems, organic disorders, alcohol/drug abuse, developmental disabilities and personality disorders.
  • Conduct mental status exams and diagnostic assessments for inmates housed at the sub-acute mental health unit.
  • Provide supportive individual counseling and treatment planning for inmates on the mental health caseload.
  • Provide crisis intervention services, including suicide assessments and development of safety plans for inmates as needed.
  • Make referrals to and assist the psychiatric provider with clinics.
  • Develop detailed release plans for inmates with severe and persisting mental illness.
  • Facilitate group programming aimed at the adjustment and rehabilitation of inmates.

Our organization, mission and culture:
The HARS Mission Statement:  To provide timely access to essential care through an evidence-based multidisciplinary approach.  We are committed to a culture of professionalism, quality and safety.

We seek applicants who are interested in furthering the HARS Mission and who will strive to uphold the Division's Core Values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Teamwork and Safety.  The successful applicant will have the ability to serve this population and be a part of a strong team by modeling exceptional clinical and professional skills utilizing evidenced based practice.

The benefits of joining our team:
Full time employment with the State of Alaska includes competitive benefits such as: medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 11 paid holidays, 2 days personal leave accrual monthly, 2 retirement plans and other optional benefits. For other information regarding these benefits, please review the following website

The working environment you can expect:
This position is located at Goose Creek Correctional Center, a secure facility for incarcerated male offenders. This position will work closely with teams of correctional officers, mental health clinicians, medical staff, and probation officers.

Who we are looking for:
We are looking for an employee with the following desired competencies:
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary mental health team;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Ability to document client progress in the clinical record clearly and in a timely fashion;
  • Good verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work closely with security staff to ensure staff and client safety.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited college in counseling, psychology, social work, child guidance, vocational rehabilitation, or a closely related field.


Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities in 

  • Analysis and Assessment: Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, maintaining, and disseminating data and information.
  • Decision Making: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
  • Psychology: Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories of human behavior and performance in various contexts, mental processes, or the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental ailments, and career guidance.

Equivalent to those typically gained by:

Professional experience performing psychotherapeutic casework.

“Professional experience” means work that is creative, analytical, evaluative, and interpretive; requires a range and depth of specialized knowledge of the profession's principles, concepts, theories, and practices; and is performed with the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment.

"Training" and "education" in this guidance are synonyms for the process of acquiring knowledge and skills through instruction. It includes instruction through formal and informal methods (such as classroom, on-line, self-study, and on-the-job), from accredited and unaccredited sources, and long-duration (such as a post-secondary degree) and short-duration (such as a seminar) programs.

"Typically gained by" means the prevalent, usual method of gaining the competencies expected for entry into the job.

Special Note:

Some positions require the incumbent be licensed as a Clinical Social Worker or a Licensed Professional Counselor. This requirement will be addressed in the job posting.

Additional Required Information

At time of interview, please bring: 

  • Transcript from your highest level of education
  • Copies of any professional licenses or certificates
  • A list of at least three professional references with contact information

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview, at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Education completed in foreign colleges, universities, or high schools may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution or high school.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience in your Applicant Profile, you must also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment and whether full or part-time. Applicant Profiles will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and Minimum Qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

The Department of Corrections follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above.
Please be aware – this position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN)/Alaska Corrections Offender Management System (ACOMS).  A security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is necessary to use APSIN/ACOMS.  DPS will deny security clearance for any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in this state or another jurisdiction, or who may be a fugitive from justice.  Additionally, security clearance will be withdrawn if DPS discovers that material information was falsified or omitted at the time of the initial application for security clearance.

All Department of Corrections employees are required to be fingerprinted. The successful candidate must pass a criminal history check.

Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at the address above. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

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Contact Information

Traci Tusha 
Mental Health Clinician 3
Phone:  907-864-8280
Fax:  907-864-8452