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Corrections Mental Health Counselor 2 (MCC, Monroe)

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/14/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2559331

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Corrections Mental Health Counselor 2 – Mental Health Services
Monroe Correctional Complex
This recruitment will remain open until position is filled.  First review of applicants will take place on September 6, 2019.
The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to fill one full-time permanent Corrections Mental Health Counselor 2 position, located at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) in Washington. 
The Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) is a 2500 bed male all-custody level facility located 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Employing approximately 1200 staff, the complex consists of five major units; the Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU), Special Offender Unit (SOU), a large mental health inpatient treatment unit, Twin Rivers Unit (TRU), Intensive Management Unit (IMU), and the Minimum Security Unit (MSU).
Besides housing general population offenders, the complex provides three major services for Washington's correctional system: housing and treatment for acutely mentally ill offenders; housing and treatment for sex offenders; and primary referral and treatment center for complex health-related issues.
Services provided at MCC include custody and security, classification, education, offender work programs, health care (both patient and outpatient), mental health care, sex offender treatment, food service, maintenance, personnel, recreation, volunteer services, religious services, library services, offender records, visiting and extended family visiting. The number of our volunteers fluctuate around 900.
Department of Corrections (DOC), as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington State. Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.


  • Provides mental health counseling services to mentally ill, behaviorally troubled, and developmentally impaired offenders through: individual counseling; group counseling; crisis intervention; mental health unit rounds; clinical case management; and mental health assessment. Performs the work of a Primary Therapist for an assigned caseload of 5-8 patients.
  • Documentation and Treatment Planning: Observes, interviews, collects data, evaluates, and directs treatment of offenders on an assigned caseload. Ensures timely and accurate reporting and documentation of services rendered, which may include computer-based data, typed reports, and/or legible handwritten reports. Completes Mental Health Appraisals (MHAs) and Mental Health Updates (MHUs) as required by policy. Completes Suicide Intervention Inventories (SIIs) and crisis documentation when required. May be assigned other assessments as needed for patients on assigned caseload.
  • Case Consultation: Attends and actively and cooperatively participates in clinical and administrative supervision meetings as well as Treatment Team and MDT meetings. Attends monthly clinical in-service meetings.
  • Case Management: Provides case management services and prepares and distributes reports.
  • Attends and completes required annual in-service and other DOC training. On a rotational basis, for those with a Master's degree, teaches the Suicide Prevention in-service class. Participates in Involuntary Antipsychotic Medication Hearings on a rotational basis, as the hearing chair and for those with formal education training in clinical mental health, participates as the lay advisor.



  • A Bachelor's degree with a major study in a behavioral or social science AND one (1) year of mental health or social service experience which includes six (6) months of experience providing mental health treatment to groups and/or individuals. Experience in mental health treatment may be defined as any experience where responsibilities have included mental health treatment planning, mental health program implementation and/or direct delivery of client mental health services.
  • NOTE: A Master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of experience but CAN NOT remove the requirement for the six (6) months of experience providing group or individual mental health treatment.
  • NOTE: For specific programs, specialized training and/or experience may be required for eligibility for examination or appointment.

  • A Master's degree with major study in Psychology/Mental Health from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and one (1) year of experience providing mental health treatment on an individual and group basis.

Supplemental Information

The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.

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  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. The Department of Corrections defines a professional reference as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies.  If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.
Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.
  • Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws.
  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days of the date of hire.  When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
  • If this position is included in a Union Shop, employees will be required to become members within thirty (30) days of employment.
We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies: 
  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
  • Work effectively with people of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
  • Promote inclusiveness.
  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.
DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. 
For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email or call us at (360) 794-2807.  For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.