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Mental Health Manager/DC

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$28.90 $40.47 $5,009.24 $7,014.67 $60,122.00 $84,171.00


Provides professional therapeutic counseling and treatment services to mentally and emotionally disturbed inmates. Plans, organizes, directs, and reviews the objectives of the Counseling Unit and makes suggestions for long-range planning and objective goal setting.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.   

  • Receives general guidance from the Inmate Services Manager and clinical supervision comes from the detention center psychologist.
  • Exercises direct supervision over lower-level professional staff, interns, and volunteers, and indirect supervision over technical and clerical personnel.
  • Assess Unit needs and develop objectives, goals, and standards accordingly.
  • Assign, direct, and supervise activities of assigned staff of the Larimer County Detention Center, ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures, and standards; administer or make recommendations for routine personnel matters affecting subordinates including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning work, scheduling work hours, granting leave, appraising performance, disciplining, and submitting such records and reports as required by County policies and procedures.
  • Provide mental health services to inmates at the Larimer County Detention Center through individual or group therapy methods.
  • Interpret and apply agency and County policies and procedures.
  • Write agency policy and procedures pertaining to the Mental Health Unit and for provision of mental health services for the inmates of the Larimer County Detention Center.
  • Plan and implement comprehensive mental health program content.
  • Develop and evaluate detailed programs for treatment plans.
  • Plan and project staffing needs.
  • Serve as a resource person in evaluating and identifying problems pertaining to the Mental Health Unit, in developing detailed and coordinated treatment plans, and in conducting a wide variety of individual and group therapeutic and rehabilitative activities.
  • Monitor unit performance and quality of services provided and implement suggestions for improvement; conduct weekly meetings and audit files.
  • Monitor the unit's response to formal inmate requests and grievances.
  • Work cooperatively with contracted psychologist to evaluate and assess mental health clients on a regular basis.
  • Work cooperatively with medical staff and local mental health center and facilitate service when a 72-hour mental health hold is received.
  • Interpret and explain to other staff groups at the Detention Center, and to community groups, the social and emotional factors pertaining to mental illness to provide a better understanding of the various aspects of environmental, emotional, and psychological problems.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date records on all inmates receiving mental health services including the mental health section of the medical chart, treatment plans, behavior reports, and inmate cardexes.
  • Maintain statistical records of mental health contacts and oversee the compilation of Mental Health Unit statistics.
  • Respond to the most difficult complaints and requests for information concerning mental health decisions.
  • Provide documentation required for accreditation by the American Correctional Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.
  • Present regular statistical reports to the Inmate Services Manager.
  • Coordinate services with other County departments and divisions and with outside agencies.
  • Perform intake interviews and conduct classification board as a backup for assigned staff.
  • Attend other meetings as required, including quarterly half to full day team meetings.
  • Represent the County in the community and at professional meetings as required.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of mental health counseling.
  • Scope and application of federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to mental health programs.
  • Causes, effects, and methods of treatment for mental and emotional disorders.
  • Principles of detailed record keeping and reporting.
  • Mental health counseling, particularly cognitive-behavioral strategies.
  • Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
  • Principles of detention center operation.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Provide therapeutic counseling services.
  • Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
  • Supervise and mentor professional and support staff.
  • Work effectively in stressful situations.
  • Work into a schedule, which provides 7-day-per-week (in-house and/or on call) mental health staff coverage.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse population to include inmates, criminal justice agency personnel, other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
  • Four years of increasingly responsible experience in counseling in a detention or agency setting.
  • Equivalent to a Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or a related field. (Equivalency is based on two years of high-level experience equals one year of college work. For example, an employee with no college would require 8 years of high-level experience to reach the equivalency of the Bachelor's Degree. It is obligatory upon the incumbent to provide proof of equivalency for review and ultimate acceptance by the Sheriff.)
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, CPR and First Aid certifications by date of hire.
Physical Requirements: 
  • Must have acceptable hearing to hear well on the telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
  • Must have appropriate voice skills to be clearly understood on telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
  • May be required to talk extensively to inmates individually and in groups.
  • Must have acceptable eyesight to read documentation and keep detailed records and perform computer duties.
  • May be required to sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, stretch, twist, reach, kneel, squat, and balance.
  • May be required to lift, carry, drag, or push.
  • May be required to move freely around the detention center facility to meet with inmates.
  • May be required to move quickly to maintain safety or during an emergency.
  • Must have fine and gross motor skills and full use of fingers, hands, and arms to perform computer duties and operate equipment.
  • Must be able to work under stressful situations in a closed, jail environment.
  • Must have good cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy.
  • Must have ability to concentrate on more than one task at a time and to make independent decisions.

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