Clinical Psychologist II - Correctional Health Services

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time CORRECTIONS Public Health
  • Salary: $56.55 Hourly USD

Job Description


Correctional Health Services

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective June 28, 2024 - 4.25% increase
Effective June 27, 2025 - 4.00% increase

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

Premium Pay

In addition to the hourly salary, eligible applicants may receive premium pay for the items listed below:
  • Bilingual pay: Qualified employees who meet the criteria found ( page 18 ) shall receive an additional seventy $0.70 cents per hour for all hours paid.
  • Night Shift Differential pay: Employees assigned to a night shift shall be paid a night shift differential for each hour actually worked on the assigned night shift. Pay rate is determined by assigned shift hours found here (page 15).
  • Jail Supplement pay: An employee in this classification who is permanently assigned to the Central Jail/Intake/Release Center (including Correctional Medical Services), Theo Lacy Branch Jail or James Musick Facility shall receive an additional $1.50 per hour for all paid hours.
  • Board Certification pay: Employees assigned on a regular, full-time basis in this classification, who are Board Certified, shall receive, in addition to his or her salary, the equivalent of $350 monthly.

Other Additional Premium Pays

This recruitment is open to the public and will remain open for a minimum of five (5) business days. This recruitment will be open on a continuous basis and will close at 11:59p.m. (PST) on the day the County's needs are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

This list will be used to fill current and future Clinical Psychologist II positions within the Health Care Agency, Correctional Health Services. This eligible list may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.

The County of Orange , Health Care Agency (HCA) is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the leadership of the Agency Director, a dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of five (5) service areas - Strategy and Special Projects, Mental Health and Recovery Services, Correctional Health Services, Medical Health Services and Public Health Services - is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.
Correctional Health Services (CHS) 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.

CHS 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, Health Care Agency is seeking a licensed Clinical Psychologist to provide comprehensive diagnostic clinical mental health evaluations and participate in a psychotherapeutic program for the severely and persistently mentally ill clients within the Orange County Jail system.

The Correctional Health Services (CHS) 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.

The CHS also provides mental health services including 24-hour emergency triage and crisis intervention, suicide prevention, treatment beds, individual and group therapy, substance use counseling, medication assessment and discharge planning to all adult inmates in the County's five (5) correctional facilities.

For detailed information on Correctional Health Services click here.

Responsibilities of the Clinical Psychologist II position will include but are not limited to:
  • Assess clients for current level of functioning and psychiatric history
  • Provide psychotherapeutic interventions for individuals and groups with a wide range of psychological and substance use disorders
  • Select, administer, score and interpret a wide variety of objective and projective tests (i.e. intelligence, personality, cognitive, aptitude and behavioral)
  • Conduct psychological research and analyze statistical data in relation to Adult CHS (ACHS) program outcomes
  • Participate in mental health quality management team to assist ACHS in program evaluation, streamlining processes and outcomes for increased effectiveness and efficiency
  • Participate and provide mental health training seminars/presentations and in services didactic learning and training
  • Assist in complex case analysis and provide guidance to other clinical staff regarding appropriate psychological evidence-based practices
  • Provide clinical supervision to Clinical Psychologist I, Doctorate Practicum Students and Interns from contracted agencies with HCA Volunteer Services

The ideal candidate will possess a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with at least two (2) years of post-licensure clinical experience. In addition, the ideal candidate will demonstrate knowledge and experience in the following competencies below:

Technical Expertise and Knowledge of
  • Title 15 Minimum Standards for Local Adult Facilities (California Code of Regulations - CCR), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Board of State and Community Corrections, and other local, State and Federal standards as it relates to correctional settings
  • Jail security policies and willingness to seek consultation with supervisor if uncertain
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines
  • Conducting psychological testing and assessments for the purpose of diagnosis, treatment and prognoses of mentally ill clients and individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Gathering, evaluating and interpreting psychological and statistical data
  • Administering discharge planning and providing case management for the mentally ill and substance using clients
  • Expertise in mental health and substance use diagnoses, symptoms and behaviors
  • Applying current evidence-based practices to treat mentally ill clients and to reduce relapse and recidivism
  • Administering latest trends and evidence-based psychological treatment and assessment protocols
  • Conducting psychological interventions that promote health and wellness to clients served
  • Knowledge of Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act laws and the application of its associated mandates
  • Conducting psychological evaluations for LPS and Murphy conservatorship
  • Some knowledge or exposure to the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) system
  • Using Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook proficiently
Analysis and Critical Thinking
  • Working independently in a regulatory capacity and maintaining a high level of confidentiality
  • Analyzing factors that contribute to overall health problems and/or recidivism (i.e., poor medication compliance, drug and alcohol problems, homelessness)
  • Making appropriate and effective decisions impacting clients' healthcare
  • Responding efficiently to mental health emergencies throughout all jail
  • Demonstrating a calm demeanor and providing care to client in relation to their level of psychological functioning (i.e. acute psychiatric housing)
  • Evaluating and assessing situations and establishing appropriate clinical boundaries with clients (i.e., setting limits)
  • Assessing and evaluating client's presenting symptoms and behaviors rapidly and accurately
  • Recognizing factors that are outside of mental health that could be impacting the clients overall functioning and refer appropriately (i.e., drug or alcohol withdrawal, medical issues)
  • Making sound decisions/judgment or taking effective actions to prevent any injury/loss of life, financial loss for the County and/or personally and any public relations issues
Communication and Collaboration
  • Demonstrating effective communication both orally and in writing
  • Using effective interviewing skills and techniques with clients
  • Communicating clearly and thoroughly in discussing clinical cases and/or decisions to other healthcare staff and to other county agencies and/or stakeholders to better facilitate continuity of care and linking client to the appropriate level of care
  • Engaging clients in discharge planning and developing a viable plan of self-care according to client's level of psychological functioning
  • Working effectively with law enforcement personnel within the facility, police agencies from the community, clients' families, court personnel, community hospital staff, other County agencies such as Probation, Public Health Services, and hospitals
Flexibility and Safety
  • Maintaining a positive attitude and effectively handling stress
  • Being flexible and reliable to perform daily responsibilities and urgent needs of the CHS Department on a 24/7 basis
  • Being alert and aware of personal safety and security while providing care and/or treatment to unstable or unpredictable mentally ill clients
  • Being aware of any environmental hazards while working inside and outside the jail facility
  • Providing compassionate care without judgment to a segment of clients that have been charged with criminal conduct

  • Incumbents are required to pass a comprehensive background investigation prior to a formal offer and acceptance of employment
  • Applicants 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 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 Evaluation Services (N.A.C.E.S.)
  • The Correctional facilities are a 24- hour, 7-days a week facility, incumbents must be able to work on weekends, evenings or night shift, and holidays

For detailed information on Clinical Psychologist II minimum qualifications, click here.

Will be required to work in a locked facility with adult inmates who have multiple and complex health, social and psycho-social needs; may work with inmates who have communicable diseases and/or behavioral health issues; may be assigned to work one weekend day per week, 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.

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all applications to identify qualified applicants. After screening, only those applicants who 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.

Eligible List | Score Groups : Once all assessments have 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.

Effective April 3, 2023, it is strongly recommended that County employees working in health care settings and correctional facilities follow vaccination and booster guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please click here to see the latest guidance for more details.


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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Claudia Curiel at (714) 834-2335 or .


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

Non-Management Benefits
In addition to the County's standard suite of benefits, such as a variety of health plan options, annual leave and paid holidays--we also offer an excellent array of benefits such as a Health Care Reimbursement Account, 457 Defined Contribution Plan and Annual Education and Professional Reimbursement. Employees are provided a Retirement Plan through the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS).

Please go to the following link to find out more about Defined Benefit Pensions and OCERS Plan Types/Benefits.

Click here for information about benefits offered to County of Orange employees.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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