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Mental Health Therapist/Jail

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$21.72 $30.40 $3,764.73 $5,269.23 $45,171.00 $63,239.00


Performs professional and therapeutic duties relating to mental health.


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 supervision from the Jail Mental Health Manager and clinical supervision from the contracted consulting Psychologist.
  • Exercises direct supervision over mental health interns and volunteers.
  • Provide mental health services for inmate crisis situations, including both in-house inmates and persons admitted to the booking area.
  • Determine inmate need for an Emotional Instability Watch; perform and document regular evaluation of inmates placed on such watches; responsible for removing Emotional Instability Watches placed by any staff.
  • Provide ongoing mental health services on both an individual and group basis.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date records on all inmates receiving mental health services including the mental health section of the electronic medical records, treatment plans, behavior reports, and; maintain statistical records of mental health contacts.
  • Prepare for and document weekly mental health staffing meetings; attend other meetings as required, including quarterly half- to full-day team meetings.
  • Work cooperatively with contracted consulting psychologist to evaluate and assess mental health clients on a regular basis; work cooperatively with medical staff and local mental health center when a 72-hour mental health hold is indicated.
  • Work cooperatively with social services, parole, probation, lawyers, judges, transportation, Department of Corrections, mental health agencies, and other relevant contacts.
  • Act as backup for Intake SpecialistCoordinate State Hospital transfers by making arrangements for release of records.
  • Make recommendations for inmate classification and housing changes.
  • Oversee the multi-disciplinary team approach in coordinating inmate issues with security, medical, programs, mental health, and inmate work supervisors.
  • Assist and cooperate with other Jail Units and/or Sections to design and implement special management plans for inmates exhibiting behavior problems.
  • Attend provided in-house training and outside professional conferences.
  • Develop and provide periodic mental health training for Jail staff.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of mental health counseling.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Causes, effects, and methods of treatment for mental and emotional disorders.
  • Principles of detailed record keeping.
  • Mental health counseling, particularly cognitive-behavioral strategies.
  • Communicate effectively verbally, in writing, and via various forms of electronic media.
  • Use office automation systems, including basic proficiency with computer applications such as e-mail, word processor, spreadsheet, and database look-up and/or entry.
  • Maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Provide therapeutic counseling services.
  • Prepare and maintain clear and concise charts and records in an electronic records system
  • Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
  • Work under stressful situations with inmates who are sometimes verbally abusive and physically dangerous.
  • Control inmates with voice control and command presence.
  • Work in direct proximity to incarcerated inmates. There is some degree of hazard involved in this working environment.
  • Participate on a mental health team that provides coverage 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (in-house and/or on-call).
  • Must have good cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy.
  • 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.


  • Two years of experience in a directly related field in a jail or agency setting.
  • A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or a related field. CAC II or CAC III preferred.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications by date of hire.

Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to talk extensively to inmates individually and in groups.
  • Must be able to move through the facility to meet with inmates.
  • May be required to sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time.
  • May be required to lift, carry, drag, or push.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, stretch, twist, reach, kneel, squat, and balance.
  • Must have good cognitive skills, awareness of work accuracy, ability to concentrate on more than one task at a time, ability to talk extensively in person or on the phone, and make independent decisions.

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