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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 health care to patients going through the judicial system. It assures that CHS responds to urgent mental health needs, provides necessary continuity of care services for those patients with chronic care conditions and Seriously Mental Illness designation, and provides appropriate mental health services that may emerge during patient’s stay in the county jail system. Supervises Mental Health Professionals and Mental Health Associates within the Maricopa County Jails. Trains new employees, manages day-to-day needs of staff, maintains unit statistics, acts as liaison to community agencies and handles special assignments. Carries a small caseload on inpatient or outpatient areas of the jails.
Minimum education and/or experience:
Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology or related field. Four (4) years post-masters clinical experience required.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Supervisory experience preferred. Prefer certification by NCCHC as a Certified Correctional Health Professional.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have excellent writing skills and verbal communication skills; a working knowledge of corrections, community mental health, mental health terminology, and basic therapies; basic understanding of computers and word processing programs; and experience working in a multidisciplinary team mode. Prefer knowledge/understanding of NCCHC accreditation policies, civil commitment procedures, criminal justice processes, and community standards of care for SMI population.
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 Counselor (LMFC) in the State of Arizona with no pending disciplinary actions or restrictions.
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:
Assist Mental Health Director in providing direct clinical and administrative supervision to inpatient, outpatient, and intake behavioral health employees regarding treatment strategies; critiques and assesses employee’s documentation and patient care. Supervises and instructs employees regarding individual and group counseling techniques and problem-solving. Provides guidance and leadership in re-entry/discharge planning and civil commitment procedures. Coordinates and conducts team meetings and patient treatment planning. Supervises and coordinates clinical, psycho-educational, and recreational group programs. Coordinates patient care with other clinical team members. Resolves communication issues with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), facilitates communication with outside agencies (e.g., Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA), Maricopa County Probation, etc.). Trains employees to utilize MCSO divisions (e.g., classification, detention housing officers, Sheriff’s Information Management System (SIMS)) to resolve issues with patient management, housing, discharges, etc. Trains subordinate staff in new work procedures/forms/job requirements. Consults with CHS and MCSO staff on difficult/complicated cases. Performs direct clinical duties during staff absences if necessary. Collects, tracks, and analyzes data regarding patient care, community treatment and continuity of care, and discharge planning. Ensures employee’s completion of all Managing for Results data collection. Performs Quality Improvement activities and completes Quality Improvement monitors as requested. Maintains a working understanding of community mental health law and forensic issues to better provide for patient continuity of care and discharge planning. Attends meetings within CHS and with other agencies to ensure optimal patient care and cost effective strategies for patient management. Assists Mental Health Director in reviewing applications for prospective new hires/interns, interviews candidates, offers employment/internship, and trains new employees. Develops opportunities for employees’ continuing education, informs employees of all opportunities for continuing education. Reviews, approves and submits bimonthly employee time sheets. Maintains information regarding employee performance and assists Mental Health Director in completing evaluations. Provides employee coaching and disciplinary action in coordination with CHS Human Resources. Performs other related duties as assigned.
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.