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Mental Health Specialist

Company: Brevard County Sheriff's Office
Location: Titusville
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Job Description:

Job Class Description

Provides initial mental health and follow-up assessment of persons incarcerated in the Brevard County Jail Complex and facilitates individual and group counseling.

Position Duties

The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

Provide initial and follow-up assessments to inmates through established procedures. Makes appropriate referrals to necessary services such as to the psychiatrist and security for housing needs. Provides appropriate referrals for case management and discharge planning.

Facilitates individual and group counseling when appropriate and provides necessary documentation regarding attendance and level of participation.

Provide counseling, therapy, and/or psychotherapy to patients as appropriate to the position; prepares treatment and follow-up care programs, provides therapeutic crisis intervention and emergency services.

Follow up to determine reliability of treatment used; changes methods and degree of therapy when indicated.

Provides timely intervention regarding the evaluation and placement of inmates with suicidal ideation. Monitor and document progress of inmates in suicide watch.

Develops and maintains positive professional relationships with judicial, law enforcement, social service agencies, and physicians. Provide assistance and support to physicians for medication management for inmates needing chemical therapy.

Prepares necessary documents and maintenance of medical records through timely preparation of progress notes and medical file entries, including treatment and discharge planning notes. Records daily statistics on mental health activities, events, and client contacts.

Prepares and maintains administrative documentation as required. Prepares various specialized and statistical reports as required.

Advises security and medical staff of status of mentally ill inmates. Provides consultation and training to medical personnel and security staff.

Performs other duties as assigned or as may be necessary in the efficient and effective operation of the Sheriff's Office.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Master's degree in social work, psychology, or a behavioral health / closely related field.

Must be licensed in a behavioral health discipline in the State of Florida


Must be a registered intern in a behavioral health field in the State of Florida OR have met all the criteria required by the Department of Health excluding the requirement of being overseen by a qualified supervisor.

Interns will be required to attain State Licensure as a Mental Health counselor within three years of employment.

Previous employment experience in a forensic or correctional environment preferred.

Will have contact with inmates.

All minimum requirements must be met by time of application.

Additional Information

$48,089.60/yr - LICENSED Mental Health Specialist
$45,760.00/yr - Mental Health INTERN

Schedule: 40 hour workweek including weekends, holidays and on-call situations. Current opening is for the mid-shift. Shift is eight hours, the shift is flexible spanning between the hours of 10:00am - 10:00pm.

An eligibility list will be created for a period of one year.

During an emergency, the Sheriff will determine who is considered an emergency responder and whose work is necessary to maintain the operation of law enforcement and correctional facilities. This determination is subject to change based on staffing and the operational needs of the agency.

Requires successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background investigation including polygraph. Requires drug test prior to assuming position and if employed, will be subject to return to duty, post-accident and/or random and reasonable suspicion drug tests while employed with BCSO.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion , sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, and sexual orientation, national origin, age (over 40), disability or genetic information in employment practices. ADA requires the Sheriff's Office to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.

Position open until filled.

Keywords: Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Titusville , Mental Health Specialist, Other , Titusville, Florida

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