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Mental Health Clinician

Juvenile Detention | Caldwell, ID | Full Time

Job Description

Compensation: $58,325 to $69,740 (DOE)

Application Period Ends: Open Until Filled 

General Statement of Duties

Performs a range of clinical mental health services as required by the memorandum of agreement between the Department of Juvenile Corrections (IDJC) and Canyon County in the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center (SWIJDC), conducts comprehensive needs assessments, provides clinical consultations to facility staff and others, supervises related interns as needed, and assists with counseling related program development, and performs related work as required.

Classification Summary

The principal function of an employee in this class is to perform an appropriate range of mental health services as dictated by the Detention Mental Health Clinician Program as outlined by the IDJC, and within boundaries set by applicable licensure held by the employee.

Work is performed under the general direction of a Department Administrator, and Assistant Administrator, with direct cooperation with a Training Coordinator/Field Training Officer, Shift Supervisor and/or Assistant Shift Supervisor. Some latitude is granted to the employee but work is subject to stringent Federal, State and County legal guidelines and Department policies and procedures.  Employee will also be held to generally accepted professional ethical standards and any other Federal or State laws, rules or regulations.

The principal duties of this class are performed in a correctional work environment in which the employee is subject to potential personal danger and health hazards.

Examples of Work   (Illustrative Only)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Acts under the general direction of a Department Administrator and Assistant Administrator, with direct cooperation with a Training Coordinator/Field Training Officer, Shift Supervisor and/or Assistant Shift Supervisor, and in accordance with applicable Federal, State, County, and Department statutes, laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and safety practices.  Endeavors to identify and address the mental health needs of the juvenile offenders in the SWIJDC who may have mental health needs, to improve competency and confidence of direct care staff and to reduce critical incidents in the SWIJDC.  This encompasses the following duties, which include, but are not limited to:  

  • Performs clinical screenings (which includes, but is not limited to, a clinical interview) of at least 65% of total juvenile intakes
  • Uses a validated assessment and approved clinical procedures that are per-authorized by the IDJC
  • Submits reports to IDJC as requested or on an accepted schedule
  • Provides access to records and data for the Idaho Juvenile Detention Facilities’ project researcher
  • Participates in training and information-sharing meetings and conference calls on a regular basis
  • Attends and participates in supervisory meetings when invited
  • Attends meetings as requested by probation officers, prosecuting attorneys, public defenders or the judiciary and, within accepted confidentiality guidelines, provide recommendations for treatment
  • Performs individual crisis intervention including assessing and managing mental health issues and suicidal ideation
  • Facilitates groups with juveniles
  • Completes all associated documentation including discharge summaries, referrals, and recommendations
  • Provides recommendations to parents upon the discharge of the juvenile to link the family with community-based resources for follow up care
  • Provides individual counseling
  • Supervises interns as needed
  • Assists with and conducts training of detention staff
  • Collects and documents statistical data related to program assignments
  • Serves on committees, as requested
  • Performs related work and other duties as assigned   
  • Creates a treatment plan that addresses ongoing mental health needs at the Detention Center
  • Maintains a positive, helpful, constructive attitude and working relationship with the supervisor and departmental employees, other County employees, Elected Officials and the public   

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • May work non-traditional hours, weekends, nights and holidays
  • Must adhere to SWIJDC policies, procedures and directives
  • Must adhere to professional codes of ethics

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Federal and state laws, statutes, and codes applicable to juvenile detention, specifically the Idaho Juvenile Corrections Act of 1995, Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, and Idaho Juvenile Detention Standards
  • Best practices of juvenile detention, including standards, policies, procedures, practices, and objectives
  • County and Department policies and procedures regarding the following, including but not limited to booking and release of juvenile residents, confidentiality issues, restraint procedures and use of appropriate force guidelines
  • Standard or specialized equipment used in detention, including but not limited to, office equipment, personal computers, job-related software, two-way radios, and other related equipment     
  • Verbal De-escalation and suicide prevention skills and methods
  • Mandatory Reporting laws and appropriate confidentiality rules, including the limitations to confidentiality and duty to report

Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity
  • Follow written and oral instructions
  • Accurately maintain, interpret, and produce records, logs, documentation, and reports
  • Use verbal skills and de-escalation methods, as well as suicide prevention techniques
  • Deal with uncooperative, distraught, and hostile residents
  • Recognize and report observable medical, physical, or mental conditions of residents
  • Work independently as well as in teams
  • Understand and apply departmental, state, and local law enforcement procedures, policies, rules and regulations
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively, to recognize actual and potential dangers, and to determine proper course of action
  • Cope with stressful situations calmly, fairly, tactfully, and with respect for individual rights
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents, fellow staff members, supervisors, other County employees, the public, and with persons with varied racial, ethnic, or economic backgrounds
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports
  • Respond to citizen requests in a courteous and effective manner
  • Efficiently perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines
  • Control anger, language and actions while dealing with uncooperative persons

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or a degree in the Human Services field required
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) is preferred
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • At least 2 years of experience working with children and adolescents is required, knowledge of adolescent developmental theories and individual and family counseling theories
  • Experience with the Juvenile Justice System and the Department of Health and Welfare would be helpful, and experience with working in locked detention or correctional facilities will be preferred
  • Must have skills to assess and manage suicidal and violent behavior in a detention setting
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of group work
  • Knowledge of program development and needs assessment
  • Knowledge of systems theory and background
  • Current knowledge of chemical dependency and working knowledge of the most current DSM, and abilities to diagnose substance abuse and mental health disorders
  • Skill in making correct assessments
  • Skill in writing clinically sound reports/assessments for the Court that adhere to ethical standards and Court protocol
  • Skill in implementing/monitoring treatment plans
  • Ability to understand and interpret laws and regulations
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to develop and sustain collaborative working relationships with other members of the county, state, and private agencies to accomplish agency goals
  • Must have a working knowledge of computers, have access to email, and fax to be able to accomplish tasks to refer youth for treatment

Special Qualifications 

  • Must successfully complete a background investigation through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) prior to hire date and every five years after hire as required by Federal Law
  • Must successfully complete a Child Abuse Registry Check through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
  • Must have an Idaho driver’s license
  • Must have earned and continue to maintain appropriate licensure, at a minimum, to be one of the following:
    • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
    • Psychologist (PSY)

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions, communicate effectively in person, on a two-way radio, and a telephone, and discern sounds against normal background noise requiring investigation or indicating an emergency situation
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions, review a wide variety of written and electronic text materials, and discern behavior and activities requiring investigation or indicating an emergency situation
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to write reports, utilize required specialized equipment, operate standard office equipment and a personal computer, and operate a motor vehicle
  • Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, agility, reflexes, and physical strength, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to sit, stand, climb stairs, walk for long periods of time, work in a detention environment and participate in the SWIJDC’s use of force training sessions

EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.


Juvenile Detention Officers or others working within the JDC

 **Applicants must provide proof of either a high school diploma, or G.E.D., College Transcripts, and / or applicable licenses when submitting their application to Human Resources.**                                                                                               

Listed below are a number of behaviors that may disqualify an applicant from consideration for employment.  

Involvement with Illegal Drugs:

1.  Use of marijuana in the past three years.

2.  Use of any other illegal drug in the past five years.

3.  Any use of heroin or derivatives (injections).

4.  Any selling, transporting, or manufacturing of illegal drugs.

5.  History of long-term abuse of illegal drugs.

Driving Record:

1.  Suspended license in the past two years.  

2.  Driving without privileges in the past two years.  

3.  Conviction for D.U.I. in the past two years.  

4.  Five or more moving offenses in the past three years.

5.  Failure to have liability insurance during the past three years.

Criminal Record:

1.  Conviction of a Felony crime.

2.  Conviction of Domestic Battery.

3.  Conviction of Misdemeanor sex crime, crime of deceit, or drug offense unless occurred over five years ago.    

4.  Willful Concealment or Petit Theft.

5.  All other Misdemeanor cases.

6.  History of numerous Misdemeanor offenses and/or any Felony offense.    


**Drug test required


1) Have ever engaged in sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution (as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997);

2) Have ever been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or

3) Have ever been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in paragraph (1) or (2) of this section; or

4) Have ever been convicted of any felony crime.