Clinical Mental Health Professional

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is seeking a self-motivated person to join our team of mental health professionals to provide clinical mental health services.  This is a full-time position.

Salary Information
  • This is a full-time position; Salary range is $52,294 – $83,131
  • Provide direct clinical and consultation services in accordance with policies and procedures of the institution and in accordance with the ethics and standards of relevant professional organizations (e.g., ACA, NASW,  APA)
  • Responsible for having a basic understanding of mental health accreditation standards issued by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)
    Interrelate and work effectively with facility staff, patients, and outside support agencies as delegated by Mental Health Coordinator
  • Maintain the confidentiality of patient information in accordance with The Company policy and procedure, state law, site policy and the standards of the NCCHC and ACA, if those accrediting bodies are applicable to the site
  • Completion of specific duties and responsibilities as designated by the Mental Health Coordinator. Designation of duties will be determined by the current needs of the patient population and the mental health professional's licensure status.
  • Provision of individual and group psychotherapy/counseling to patients with the goals of reducing maladaptive behavior and fostering effective psychological functioning.
  • Provision of crisis intervention services to patients as referred by institutional and medical staff or to self-referred patients. Crisis intervention may require consultation with institutional staff regarding management/treatment concerns, referral, and/or mental health follow-up. Crisis intervention duties may be assigned by the Mental Health Coordinator after normal working hours and weekends.
  • Provision of consultation services for institutional screening committees to include, but not limited to, Initial Classification Boards and Segregation Review Boards. Provision of consultation services to institutional staff concerning the mental status and management of patients.
  • Provision of training in human behavior and/or mental health issues to institutional staff in accordance with the institution's training program and as assigned by the Mental Health Coordinator.
  • Completion of relevant clinical documentation in the health record regarding the patient's participation in mental health treatment.
  • Completion of regular reports of the employee's activities in accordance with the policies and procedures.
  • Provision of support and/or monitoring of patient's mental condition for institutional psychiatric staff as assigned by the Mental Health Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor or Mental Health Coordinator
  • Provision of consultation and in-service training to the facility personnel as assigned by the Mental Health Coordinator
    Participation in staff meetings and in-service training programs.
  • Inform Mental Health Coordinator of personal need for additional clinical supervision, overall problems in the delivery of clinical services, and/or proposals to improve clinical skills.
  • Participation in specialized clinical services and/or program development activities in a professional, timely manner providing these duties have been assumed with the mutual agreement of the Mental Health Coordinator
  • Compliance with employee standards of the facility. Compliance includes, but is not limited to, the maintenance of a professional working environment and personal appearance consistent with professional responsibilities, development of harmonious working relationships, and timely notification of supervisory personnel of absences from the institution.
  • May be required to participate in a system of 24-hour crisis intervention services.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.
  • Must be able to apply principles of critical thinking to a variety of practical and emergent situations and accurately follow standardized procedures that may call for deviations
  • Must be able to apply sound judgment beyond a specific set of instructions and apply knowledge to different factual situations
  • Must be alert at all times; pay close attention to details
  • Must be able to work under stress on a regular or continuous basis
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Completion of Clinical Service Reports of patients as assigned by the Mental Health Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor or Mental Health Coordinator based upon requests of the Facility administrative staff, Parole Board or other appropriate agencies in accordance with the policy and procedures and accreditation standards. Reports are to be completed in a timely, professional manner.

Employment with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of all required pre-employment screening checks.  Criminal background check results are reviewed and analyzed in accordance with applicable law and all appropriate factors are considered, including the nature and gravity of the offense(s), the amount of time that has passed since the commission of the offense(s), the relationship between the offense(s) and the job being sought, operating contract requirements and factors required by state law.  

  • Education:
    • Master's degree in a behavioral/social science field from an accredited college or university

  • Experience:
    • A combination of coursework and professional experience that indicates knowledge of mental health counseling, group and individual psychotherapy, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, psychological assessment techniques, crisis intervention, and mental health consultation.

  • Licenses/Certifications:
    • LPC, LCSW or similar licensure from the appropriate state licensing board; OR 
    • Eligibility for a residency program that leads to LPC licensure in Virginia. Supervision for LPC residents will be provided as a benefit of employment.

Automatic Disqualifiers

The following will cause the processing of the applicant to be immediately discontinued:

  • Criminal Record:
    • Conviction of any felony.
    • Conviction of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance (within three (3) years).
    • Conviction of any charge of domestic assault or violence against a family member.
    • Conviction of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude (i.e., larceny, embezzlement, perjury, etc.).

  • Driving Record:
    • Current driver’s license suspension.
    • Driver’s license suspension within the last twelve (12) months.
    • Conviction of a misdemeanor hit and run.
    • Extensive traffic violation convictions exceeding minus five (-5) DMV demerit points.

  • Drug Usage:
    • Use of heroin, cocaine, or illegal hallucinogen within the past five (5) years
    • Use of heroin by injection at any time.
    • Any substantiated illegal act other than use (i.e., sale, manufacture, etc.) of any narcotic, controlled substance, or dangerous drug, as defined by State and Federal Law, except marijuana.

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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