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Jail Psychiatrist

at King County

Pay: $90.79 to $115.08/hour
$90.79 - $115.08
Posted: 11/18/2019
Job Reference #: 2295054

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

The responsibilities of this Psychiatrist position for Jail Health Services include providing primary mental health care services to psychiatric patients according to established department policies and procedures and local, state, and federal standards. The incumbent will provide psychiatric consultation, patient assessments, treatment plans, and information to patients and families for specialized health care programs within King County correctional facilities.

Please Note: Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Current Positions for Jail Health Psychiatrist:

Psychiatrist; King County Correctional Facilities, Seattle and/or Kent.  The FTE for this position is flexible and negotiable, with hours ranging from 0.5 FTE to 1.0 FTE (including a full benefits package). This Career Service and is FLSA non-exempt and therefore is eligible for overtime.

This posting will be used to fill all vacancies.

Work Schedule: The work days and hours may vary with team coverage of weekday day and evening shifts as well as weekend and holiday day shifts.

Work Location: King County Correctional Facility 500 Fifth Ave., Seattle 98104 (primary) and Regional Justice Center 620 W. James St. Kent, WA, 98032.

Contact: For more information about this position please contact Mark Lacy, HR Analyst at 206.263.3610 or email

We are trying to improve our Jail Health Psychiatrist recruitment. If you have decided NOT to apply for this position. Please click on this link to tell us why.

Examples of Duties:

  • Provide psychiatric consultation and direct client care, including patient assessments, analyze patient conditions and validate documented findings for treatment plans.
  • Provide general psychiatric and psychopharmacological services to inmates; participate as a clinical on-call resource on a rotating basis.
  • Work as member of a treatment team along with Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and/or Psychiatric Evaluation Specialists to complete timely admission requirements.
  • Develop, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, clinical treatment plans for the diagnosis, treatment and referral of voluntary and involuntary patients.
  • Provide consultation to medical providers and medical staff.
  • Provide care and service to inmates in psychiatric emergencies, including life-support measures and stabilization functions; assess patient progress and make recommendations.
  • Conduct individual and/or group therapy sessions in accordance with generally accepted principles of the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Review and implement clinical practices and psychiatric treatment guidelines for compliance with governing standards.
  • Assist with civil commitment process for inmates who meet detention criteria.
  • Participate in internal and external committees to maintain appropriate standards of care within correctional facilities.
  • Provide clinical care in substance abuse and dependency treatment, particularly involving medical treatments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Washington State medical license in good standing.
  • Board certification in Psychiatry.
  • Federal Drug Enforcement certificate.
  • Working knowledge in the practice of psychiatry and mental health.
  • Working knowledge of patient recovery and resiliency.
  • Working knowledge of the procedures and techniques utilized in psychiatric medicine, in concurrence with American Psychiatric Association guidelines.
  • Skill in using current office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, database and email applications.
  • Skill in communicating effectively with team members and inmates.
  • Skill in working with diverse populations.
  • Skill in testifying clearly and concisely at public hearings, courts of law, and at inquests in a professional, neutral, and convincing manner.
  • Skill in maintaining effective working relationships with medical and corrections staff, and inmates in a correctional facility setting.
  • Ability to make expert diagnoses, interpretations and recommendations on a consultative basis.
  • Ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a correctional health setting.
  • Bilingual applicants desired.

Supplemental Information:

  • Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire.  CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools; therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.

Public Health - Jail Health Services follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution
  • 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
  • Civil or administrative adjudication that the candidate has engaged in the activity described above. Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether or not to hire or promote anyone.
The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.

The person hired into this position is required to adhere to the policies of the Department of Juvenile and Adult Detention in addition to those of the Public Health Department.

Necessary Special Requirements: