Behavioral Health Clinician ll - Correctional Health Services

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time CORRECTIONS Public Health
  • Salary: $64,812.80 - $87,380.80 Annually USD

Job Description

Correctional Health Services

(Formerly Clinical Social Worker/Marriage Family Therapist II)

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive a salary range increase on the following date:
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is open to the public.

This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list that will be used to fill current and future Behavioral Health Clinician II positions within the County of Orange. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.

This recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the County are met. Candidates who are placed on the eligible list will remain on the eligible list for six (6) months and may be considered/referred for selection/hiring interviews. After six (6) months, candidates must reapply to receive further consideration.

The County of Orange Health Care Agency is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the direction of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of seven service areas - Finance and Administrative, Behavioral Health, Correctional Health, Medical Health Services, Office of Care Coordination, Public Health and Strategy and Special Projects is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.

The Correctional Health Services , Adult Correctional Health Services (ACHS) program provides medical, dental, nursing, infection control, health education and pharmaceutical services at a community standard of care and also provides mental health services including 24-hour emergency triage and crisis intervention, suicide prevention, treatment beds, individual and group therapy, substance abuse counseling, medication assessment and discharge planning to all adult inmates in the County's five (5) correctional facilities.

The County of Orange has adopted a Stepping Up Initiative, with a primary goal of reducing the number of individuals with mental illness in the jails and recidivism rates. ACHS is seeking qualified Behavioral Health Clinicians in the CHS Mental Health Services and in the Jail to Community Re-Entry Program (JCRP) to perform extensive case management and discharge planning with the incarcerated population.

The CHS Mental Health Program consists of services to Adults and Older Adult incarcerated populations who are justice involved. The position provides professional counseling and treatment services for these populations exhibiting a wide variety of mental health, drug abuse and/or alcohol related disorders in an institutional setting.

The JCRP provides services within CHS, providing discharge planning and linkage services to Adults and Older Adult incarcerated populations who are justice involved. The position provides extensive case management and collaboration with community partners to link clients for post release after care treatment.

The responsibilities of the Behavioral Health Clinician II will include but are not limited to:
  • Performing Psychosocial MH evaluation, Drug Screening and/or conduct needs assessments to facility mental health needs and referrals
  • Providing both individual and group interventions utilizing a variety of evidence-based practices, conduct case management activities, and facilitate referrals and linkages to community services, and document services rendered
  • Utilizing evidence-based practices (EBP) for individuals and groups with psychological and substance use disorders to address barriers to re-entry and prevent relapse to criminal behaviors
  • Planning and coordinating the re-entry plan with the client on an ongoing basis while in custody and ensuring increased follow through
  • Avoiding gaps in care with community-based services and post custody supervision
  • Developing individualized service plans by determining appropriate level of interventions based on clients current level of functioning, symptoms, behaviors and identifying target inmates' multiple criminogenic needs in order to have greater impact on successful re-entry and recidivism
  • Linking the target population to a continuum of treatment and supportive services upon release, including but not limited to counseling, medication support, housing, and transportation
  • Facilitating connections with family and other support systems such as forensic peer support mentors; and conducting re-entry groups with the target population prior to release, in order to troubleshoot possible barriers to successful re-entry
  • Collaborating frequently with BHS agencies, Adult Correctional Health Services (ACHS), Sheriff's Department staff as well as outside department contacts such as police agencies from the community, family of patients, court personnel, community hospital staff, other County agencies such as Public Health, Juvenile Health Services and surrounding hospitals in order to match clients level of criminogenic risks and behavioral health/substance use needs with appropriate levels of community supervisions and treatment
  • Other work as assigned

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate sound judgment, good decision making and problem solving skills. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have experience working with the severely mentally ill population and have case management experience, be able to work independently and demonstrate reliability, proactive involvement in work and confidence and optimism in performing daily tasks. Also, the ideal candidate should have substantial knowledge and practical experience directly related to:

Technical Knowledge
  • Understanding and applying Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Understanding of relapse prevention and best practices for treating and engaging with the mentally ill clients
  • Completing and performing clinical risk assessment related to danger to self, danger to others or grave disability (i.e. 5150, 5250, T-con)
  • Discharge planning and linking mentally ill clients to community resources
  • Providing care to client in relation to their level of functioning (i.e. acute psychiatric housing)
  • Discharge planning and linking mentally ill clients to community resources
  • Understanding of relapse prevention
  • Using Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan (SOAP) format in preparing progress notes and reports
  • Proficiency with Electronic Health Records (EHR), Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification by date of appointment
Critical Thinking l Problem Solving
  • Analyzing factors that contribute to overall health problems and/or recidivism (i.e. poor medication compliance, drug and alcohol problems, homelessness)
  • Assessing and evaluating client's presenting symptoms and behaviors rapidly and accurately, including establishing appropriate clinical boundaries with clients
  • Recognizing factors that are outside of mental health that could be impacting the client's overall functioning and refer appropriately (i.e. drug or alcohol withdrawal, medical issues) skillfully
  • Ability to make quick and effective decisions to prevent any injury/loss of life, financial loss for the County, personal and/or public relations issues
  • Being alert and aware of personal safety and security while providing care and/or treatment to unstable or unpredictable mentally ill clients
  • Preparing written materials and present information in ways that are professional and will represent HCA positively
  • Ability to de-escalate hostile or confrontational clients/customers
  • Communicating effectively both in person and in writing
  • Engaging clients in discharge planning and developing a viable plan of self-care by formulating short and long term goal and objectives according to client's level of psychological functioning
  • Participating as a member of a mental health multidisciplinary clinical team by engaging and taking part in meetings, committees or training's providing education, knowledge and insight into clinical cases
  • Collaborating and communicating relevant critical information with other stakeholders, including the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), Orange County Probation, Orange County Public Defender, Social Services Agency, Regional Center of Orange County, Orange County Housing Authority and other ancillary agencies, to identify gaps in service delivery and solidify linkages with external stakeholders for a smooth transition from jail to community
Interpersonal Skills
  • Eliminating the influence of personal biases in working with diverse clients
  • Being flexible to work in numerous clinical areas, including handling difficult and complex mental health cases
  • Having the compassion to provide care without judgment to a segment of clients that have been charged with criminal conduct
  • Maintaining a positive attitude and effectively handle stress in dealing with difficult clients, family members and law enforcement personnel
  • Incumbents must NOT have felony convictions or be on any form of probation
  • Must be able to pass and maintain background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner. Background screening includes; completing a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, fingerprinting and may include a polygraph test. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use and credit problems, employment history, professional references and education verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcripts. Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (N.A.C.E.S.).
  • The Correctional facilities are a 24 hour, 7 days a week facilities, incumbents must be able to work weekends, evenings or night shifts and holidays.
Click here for a complete classification description and minimum qualifications including Physical, Mental and Environmental Conditions for Behavioral Health Clinician II.

Please note candidates must possess a current, valid license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) at the time of submitting the application. Those without possession of a valid LCSW, LMFT or LPCC will be disqualified from the recruitment.

In order to meet minimum qualifications with an LPCC number, applicants must have completed six (6) semester or nine (9) quarter units focused on marital/couple/family therapy, possess 500 hours of documented supervised experience working with couples/families/children and have six (6) hours of continuing education during each license renewal cycle. Proof of education and documented hours required at time of hire.

Applicants who are applying with an out of state license should refer to the minimum qualifications link above.

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all applications to identify qualified candidates. After screening, only those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the next step in the selection procedures. Candidates will receive notification via e-mail of further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) | Application Rating (Weighted 100%)
A panel of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and evaluate the application and supplemental questions for job knowledge, competencies, and related experience described above.

Based on the Agency/Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. Candidates will be notified via e-mail of any changes in the selection procedures.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
Please see below for important information regarding COVID 19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with any State or County Public Health Orders which may apply as follows:
  • Workers who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, may be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, may be required to provide proof of vaccination . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted worker will be required to mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Order. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

E-mail is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct e-mail address is included in our application and use only one e-mail account. Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via e-mail through the site. Please check your e-mail folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept e-mails ending with "" and "" If your e-mail address should change, please update your profile at .

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For detailed information on how to apply, click here.

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For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact Alfredo Salazar at (714) 834-5304 or


Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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