Behavioral Health Clinician ll - Correctional Health Services

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time CORRECTIONS Public Health
  • Salary: $63,232.00 - $85,259.20 Annually USD

Job Description

Correctional Health Services

(Formerly Clinical Social Worker/Marriage Family Therapist II)

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 2.5% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following date:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 1.2% decrease

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.

This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list that will be used to fill current and futureBehavioral Health Clinician IIpositions within the County of Orange. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.

This recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the County are met.Candidates who are placed on the eligible list will remain on the eligible list for six (6) monthsand may be considered/referred for selection/hiring interviews. After six (6) months, candidatesmust reapply to receive further consideration.


The County of Orange , Health Care Agency , Correctional HealthServices is seeking qualified Behavioral Health Cliniciansin the Jail to Community Re-Entry Program within Correctional Health Services (CHS) to perform extensive case management and discharge planning.

The County of Orangehas adopted a Stepping Up Initiative, with a primary goal of reducing the number of individuals with mental illness in the jails and reduce recidivism.

The CHS Jail to Community Re-entry Program (JCRP), a collaboration between Behavioral Health Services (BHS) and CHS, uses a comprehensive "In Reach" approach to service delivery in the provision of discharge planning and re-entry linkage services to inmates with mental illness at all five County jail facilities in Orange County.

The responsibilities of the Behavioral Health ClinicianII will include but are not limited to:
  • Utilizing evidence-based practices (EBP) for individuals and groups with psychological and substance use disorders to address barriers to re-entry and prevent relapse to criminal behaviors
  • Planning and coordinating the re-entry plan with the client on an ongoing basis while in custody and ensuring increased follow through
  • Avoiding gaps in care with community-based services and post custody supervision
  • Developing individualized service plans by determining appropriate level of interventions based on clients current level of functioning, symptoms, behaviors and identifying target inmates' multiple criminogenic needs in order to have greater impact on successful re-entry and recidivism
  • Assessing inmates clinical, social needs and public safety risk byutilizing valid and reliable screening tools early in booking/intake process to identify Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) criminogenic factors to target specific inmate population effectively and developing tailored discharge plans
  • Performing diagnostic clinical mental health and substance use evaluations byidentifying severity of psychiatric impairments, psychosocial history including family, social support and community needs-housing, education, financial/employment and transportation
  • Linking the target population to a continuum of treatment and supportive services upon release, including but not limited to counseling, medication support, housing, and transportation
  • Facilitating connections with family and other support systems such as forensic peer support mentors; and conducting re-entry groups with the target population prior to release, in order to troubleshoot possible barriers to successful re-entry
  • Collaborating frequently with BHS agencies,Adult Correctional Health Services (ACHS), Sheriff's Department staff as well as outside department contacts such as police agencies from the community, family of patients, court personnel, community hospital staff, other County agencies such as Public Health, Juvenile Health Services and surrounding hospitals in order to match clients level of criminogenic risks and behavioral health/substance use needs with appropriate levels of community supervisions and treatment
  • Other work as assigned

Some positions may offer offsite office location.

For detailed information on CHS click here.

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstratesound judgment, good decision making and be able to exercise good problem solving skills. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have case management experience,should be able to work independently and demonstrate reliability; proactive involvement in work; and confidence and optimism in performing daily tasks.Also, the ideal candidate should have substantial knowledge and practical experience directly related to:

Technical Knowledge
  • Understanding and applying Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Understanding of relapse prevention
  • Completing and performing clinical risk assessment related to danger to self, danger to others or grave disability (i.e. 5150, 5250, T-con)
  • Providing care to client in relation to their level of functioning (i.e. acute psychiatric housing)
  • Discharge planning and linking mentally ill clients to community resources
  • Using Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan (SOAP) format in preparing progress notes and reports
  • Software proficiency with Electronic Health Records (EHR), Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification by date of appointment
Critical Thinkingl Problem Solving
  • Analyzing factors that contribute to overall health problems and/or recidivism (i.e. poor medication compliance, drug and alcohol problems, homelessness)
  • Assessing and evaluating client's presenting symptoms and behaviors rapidly and accurately, including establishing appropriate clinical boundaries with clients
  • Recognizing factors that are outside of mental health that could be impacting the client's overall functioning and refer appropriately (i.e. drug or alcohol withdrawal, medical issues) skillfully
  • Ability to make quick and effective decisions to prevent any injury/loss of life, financial loss for the County, personal and/or public relations issues
  • Being alert and aware of personal safety and security while providing care and/or treatment to unstable or unpredictable mentally ill clients
  • Preparing written materials and present information in ways that are professional and will represent HCA positively
  • Ability to de-escalate hostile or confrontational clients/customers
  • Communicating effectively both in person and in writing
  • Engaging clients in discharge planning and developing a viable plan of self-care by formulating short and long term goal and objectives according to client's level of psychological functioning
  • Participating as a member of a mental health multidisciplinary clinical team by engaging and taking part in meetings, committees or training's providing education, knowledge and insight into clinical cases
  • Collaborating and communicating relevant critical information with other stakeholders, including the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), Orange County Probation, Orange County Public Defender, Social Services Agency, Regional Center of Orange County, Orange County Housing Authority and other ancillary agencies, to identify gaps in service delivery and solidify linkages with external stakeholders for a smooth transition from jail to community.
Interpersonal Skills
  • Eliminating the influence of personal biases in working with diverse clients
  • Being flexible to work in numerous clinical areas, including handling difficult and complex mental health cases
  • Having the compassion to provide care without judgment to a segment of clients that have been charged with criminal conduct
  • Maintaining a positive attitude and effectively handle stress in dealing with difficult clients, family members and law enforcement personnel
  • Incumbentsmust NOT havefelony 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 is a 24 hour, 7 day a week facility, incumbents must be able to work on weekends, evenings or night shift and holidays.
Clickherefor a complete classification description and minimum qualifications including Physical, Mental and Environmental Conditionsfor Behavioral Health Clinician II.

Please note candidates must possess a current, valid license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) at the time of submitting the application. Those without possession of a valid LCSW, LMFT or LPCC will be disqualified from the recruitment.

In order to meet minimum qualifications with anLPCCnumber, applicants must have completed six (6) semester or nine (9) quarter units focused on marital/couple/family therapy, possess 500 hours of documented supervised experience working with couples/families/children and have six (6) hours of continuing education during each license renewal cycle. Proof of education and documented hours required at time of hire.

Applicants who are applying with an out of state license should refer to the minimum qualifications link above.

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

Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer)
Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of the job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Based on the Agency/Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. Candidates will be notified via e-mail of any changes in the selection procedures.

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.
E-mailis the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct e-mail address is included in our application and use only one e-mail account. Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via e-mail through the site. Please check your e-mail folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept e-mails ending with "" and "" If your e-mail address should change, please update your profile at .

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

For detailed information on how to apply, clickhere.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Clickherefor additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contactLynda Hurtadoatlhurtado@ochca.comor (714) 834-3723.


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

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