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Newsletter Article | Jan 28, 2014

ARIZONA - Maricopa County Jails

Mental Health Professional 
Positions may be assigned to work in any of CHS' 9 locations within the six Maricopa County Jails according to business needs. 

This position assures that CHS can fulfill its mission of providing medically necessary, evidence based integrated mental health care to patients going through the judicial system.  Works collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team members including psychiatrists, psychologists, and medical staff to assures that CHS responds to urgent mental health needs, provides necessary continuity of care services for those patients with chronic care conditions, and provides appropriate mental health services that may emerge during patient’s stay in the county jail system.

Position Qualifications:
Minimum education and/or experience:

Master's degree in Social Work (MSW),  Counseling (Psychology, Counseling, and Marriage Family Therapist) or related field from an accredited program and two (2) years of behavioral health experience (post-graduate) from an accredited program and completion of clinical training hours necessary to achieve independent licensure.   A valid unrestricted Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of Arizona is required.  
Preferred education and/or experience:
Preference given to individuals with broad based work experiences, direct mental health services, crisis work, and/or leadership experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrate the ability to perform clinical and case management tasks. Demonstrate excellent critical thinking and decision making skills. Ability to respond to clinical emergencies and crisis intervention situations. Demonstrate the ability to manage multiple tasks. Ability to work and develop treatment plans with patients who are receiving mental health services. Utilize DSM-IV TR (DSM 5) as a diagnostic tool and conduct mental status exam during patient assessment. Develop and implement intervention techniques with the use of treatment plans. Effective communication and interpersonal skills with peers, patients, and other stakeholders. Skill and ability to work with culturally diverse populations. Ability to clinically triage internal and/or external referrals in a timely manner. Ability to work independently or as part of a team. Demonstrate proficiency with PC/laptop/tablet and basic office software. Must be organized, efficient in data gathering, and able to coordinate large amounts of information to prioritize treatment interventions. Demonstrate the ability to comply with staffing and attendance policies and must be willing to work various jail assignments and float to various jail locations.
Specialized training, certifications, or other special requirements:
A valid unrestricted license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of Arizona with no pending disciplinary actions or restrictions. CPR certification required upon hire.  
NOTE:  Degrees/credits must be from an academically accredited college or university as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education (CHEA).

Essential Job Tasks:
Work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team members including psychiatrists, psychologists, and medical staff.  Coordinate regarding psychosocial treatment issues related to patient care.  Present relevant findings that pertain to mental status and patient risk in an acute environment. Prepare comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessments, mental status exams, treatment plans and other clinical reports. Complete all required mental health forms and document in patient’s medical record. Provide individual treatment and crisis intervention services.  Complete/coordinate Mental Health Petitions with community providers and testify in court as needed. Facilitate therapeutic and psycho educational group treatment.  Conduct short term, solution focused therapy with the use of treatment plans, goals and objectives. Develop treatment plans for patients with seriously mental illness, and/ or co-occurring disorders.  Must be familiar with mental health diagnoses that correspond to ICD-9DM and DSM-IV TR (DSM 5) manuals.  Coordinate treatment with MSCO, courts, and community providers for continuity of care.  Knowledge of community providers in order to coordinate services for reentry planning back into the community. Maintain patient confidentiality in the management of information and in accordance with HIPAA rules. Participate in mental health staff and department meetings.  Adhere and model the code of ethics associated with clinical specialty, license, or certification.  Meet regulatory, licensure, health assessment and CPR requirements. Other duties as assigned.

Selection Procedure:
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the exam process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified.   Those selected will be scored based on evaluation of listed education and experience.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a pool provided by Human Resources.

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