Unlicensed Mental Health Clinician-Crisis Services Jail

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Public Health

Job Description

About Our Job

City Employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment.

The Denver Sheriff Department is seeking qualified applicants to join the Crisis Response Team as a Masters Level Clinician. Successful candidates will be joining an experienced and dedicated team that goes above and beyond every day to provide a wide range of services to those within the Denver Sheriff's Department care and custody. These services include providing crisis intervention to individuals with serious mental illness, developing therapeutic rapport with high risk individuals in order to prevent future crises, assisting the deputies in the day-to-day operations of the special management units, assigning appropriate mental health alerts, managing the restrictive housing population, and other assigned job duties. The Crisis Response Team is seeking individuals familiar with trauma informed care and evidence-based practices to help facilitate within a multi-disciplinary team. This position will expose candidates to routine and emergent care needs for those that have not been exposed to the unique needs of clients within correctional facilities.

Candidates can expect to work an alternate schedule, either a 5-day week/8-hour day or 4-day week/10-hour day schedule at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center located in Downtown Denver at 490 Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204. This position may also qualify candidates the possibility for student loan repayment under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program (additional information can be found here).

The Crisis Response Team is a 24-hour, seven days a week operation, therefore, applicants must be willing to work the following:
  • 8 hour shift work
    • day, swing or graveyard
    • weekends
    • holidays
    • overtime on short notice
  • Shift Incentive Differential:
    • Swing shift (3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) receives an additional 7% above the current hourly rate of pay.
    • Graveyard shift (11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.) receives an additional 12% above the current hourly rate of pay.

Job responsibilities will include:
  • Conducts initial clinical interviews with clients to determine functioning level, assigns appropriate mental health alerts to clients with mental health needs, updates mental health alerts when needed, and prepares assessment reports.
  • Evaluates clients for placement and other services by conducting clinical assessments, recommends clients to other service providers for other types of assessments, and summarizes assessment information for staff and other involved professionals.
  • Assists in the development of a coordinated treatment plan with client, her/his support system, and other professionals to meet behavioral, medical, and/or psychological needs and participates in client staffings to develop treatment recommendations as well as recommendations on reentry and transition planning.
  • Provides on-going crisis intervention to clients and recommends and refers clients to appropriate community-based organizations for placement and other services.
  • Presents case/client information to staff using the "systems" model and assessment information and provides direction to staff regarding a client's treatment needs.
  • Provides consultation to staff related to their interaction patterns with clients and family members and trains staff on mental health related issues.
  • Provides critical incident debriefing to clients and/or staff after significant incidents and recommends intervention strategies.
  • Meets with a licensed mental health provider for clinical supervision of cases and works in conjunction with the medical team to provide input for medication evaluations and to ensure follow up regarding psychotropic medications.
  • Testifies in court as needed by providing expert testimony and preparing reports.
  • Prepares written reports on clients documenting crises, contacts, interviews, and observations.
  • Any one position may not include all of the duties listed. However, the allocation of positions will be determined by the amount of time spent in performing the essential duties listed above.

Successful candidates must complete and pass a background investigation that encompasses the applicant's employment and criminal history.

About You

Our ideal candidate will have:
  • Experience in a correctional setting, including either a jail or prison.
  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience with crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.
  • Bilingual in Spanish

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

Education Requirement: Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Marriage and Family Counseling, Guidance and Counseling, or a closely related field.
Experience Requirement: One (1) year of related experience.
Education and Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted.
License/Certification Requirement: No license or certification is required; however, supervision and future licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is encouraged.

About Everything Else

Job Profile
CA3326 Therapist Unlicensed Masters Level
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Position Type

Position Salary Range
$45,030.00 - $74,300.00

Starting Pay
Based on education and experience

Denver Sheriff Department

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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