Psychiatrist - Correctional Health Services

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time CORRECTIONS Public Health
  • Salary: $282,588.80 - $306,550.40 Annually USD

Job Description


Correctional Health Services

  • Board Certified Psychiatrists qualify for an additional $800 per month
  • Educational and Professional Reimbursement of up to $10,000 per year
  • Jail supplemental pay
  • Flexible work schedules may be available

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 for a minimum of five (5) business days, and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the County's needs are met.

The eligible list established through this recruitment will be used to fill future Psychiatrist positions within Health Care Agency, Correctional Health Services until the next recruitment. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.


The County of Orange, Health Care Agency is seeking a compassionate Psychiatrists to provide psychiatric medical and mental health services to mentally ill inmates within Adult Correctional Health Services (ACHS).

The ACHS program provides medical, dental, nursing, infection control, health education and pharmaceutical services at a community standard of care to all adult inmates in the County's five (5) correctional facilities and contracts with hospitals for inpatient and specialty care.

ACHS 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. For detailed information on Adult Correctional Health Services click here.

Responsibilities of the position will include but are not limited to:
  • Producing clear and concise health records, reports and correspondence, including the use of Electronic Health Records system
  • Conducting psychiatric evaluations on inmates referred for examination and treatment
  • Administering crisis management of violent and suicidal inmates
  • Ordering and interpreting laboratory and other medical diagnostic tests
  • Prescribing medication and monitoring for side effects and medication efficacy
  • Providing oversight, consultation, training, and directing the work of Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, and other personnel assigned to work in a specialty area
  • Collaborating with other members of the healthcare team to improve patient care

For definition, characteristics, and additional duties of the position click here.


The ideal candidate will have experience working in a correctional type of setting and possess a valid Board Certification isued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate the following:

Clinical Expertise and Knowledge of:
  • Performing prevention, diagnosis and treatment of seriously mentally ill (SMI) patients
  • Clearing patients from acute mental crisis (e.g. schizophrenia, affective disorder, anxiety disorder, substance abuse disorder, childhood mental disorder, and depression)
  • Having the expertise in performing and estimating patient's dangerousness (e.g. suicidal, harm to others)
  • Providing psychiatric emergencies, including life-support measures and stabilization of mentally ill patients
  • Responding and managing patients experiencing mood swings, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, and other major mental illness
  • Treating patients with addiction and drug withdrawal by recognizing all of the following:
    • Emotional withdrawal symptoms
    • Physical withdrawal symptoms
    • Dangerous withdrawal symptoms
    • Post-Acute withdrawal symptoms
Implementing psychiatric treatment guidelines to meet state and federal mandatesTestifying competently in courtDemonstrating thorough knowledge of the predictors of physical aggression in psychiatric patientsUnderstanding scope of practice, licensure and Board CertificationHaving familiarity with local, State and Federal standards as it relates to correctional settingUnderstanding and applying HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidelinesTraining with Electronic Health Records (EHR) systemUsing Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook proficientlyCommunication, Collaboration, Initiative and Safety:
  • Preparing clear and concise medical and mental health records and reports
  • Working collaboratively with law enforcement personnel within the facility, police agencies from the community, patient's families, court personnel, community hospital staff, and other County agencies such as Probation, Public Health Services, and hospitals
  • Making sound judgments, actions or decisions to prevent injury/loss of life, financial loss personally and/or for the county, and public relations issues
  • Being alert and mindful of personal safety and security while giving care to mentally ill patients
  • Maintaining a positive attitude and effectively handle stress in dealing with difficult patients, patient's families and law enforcement personnel in a high stress environment

  • Possession of a valid DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) license for Controlled Substances Level II
  • Applicants must have no 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 of 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 Services (N.A.C.E.S.).
  • The Correctional facilities is a 24 hour, 7 day a week facility, incumbents must be able to work on weekends, evenings or night shift and holidays".


For detailed information on Psychiatrist minimum qualifications, including Physical, Mental, and Environmental conditions click here.


Additional Information: Will be required to work in a locked facility with adult inmates and/or ICE detainees, and/or youth who are in protective custody/incarcerated youth, who have multiple and complex health, social and psycho-social needs; may work with inmates, ICE detainees, or youth who have communicable diseases and/or behavioral health issues; may be assigned to evening or night shift, assigned to work every other weekend, and to work holidays as needed as the institutions are a 24 hour, 7 day a week facilities and coverage is essential. The environment can also be noisy and at times chaotic, will be exposed to profanity and/or anti-social behavior. There is a no hostage policy for the Orange County Jail. May be required to be on call.


Human Resource Services screens all applications to identify the qualified candidates for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the County. After the initial screening, the qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all 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 | Application Rating (Weighted 100%): An Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and evaluate all application materials for job knowledge, competencies, and related experience described above. Only the most qualified candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

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 all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination or testing as follows:

  • Workers, who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, will 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 in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted, they will be required to wear a 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 Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Laura Katsis at (714) 834-6724 or

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

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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