Travis County Texas Clinical Mental Health Professional Sr. in Texas

Job Summary

Works with clinical autonomy and provides direct care to inmate-patients in the Travis County Jail who have serious mental illness by assessing, observing and monitoring patient status, developing treatment plans, and reporting and documenting results. Provides clinical supervision to interns. Works as part of a treatment team to improve, restore and maintain the patient's level of functioning while minimizing symptoms, exacerbation of chronic illness, impairments and disabilities by utilizing an individualized treatment plan.


This is the second in a series of three (3) Clinical Mental Health Professional job classifications within the Social Services job family and provides professional mental health services to inmates incarcerated in the Travis County Jail. This classification is distinguished from other Correctional Mental Health Professionals in that activities are conducted with clinical autonomy. This classification requires work in a secure facility with inmates, who have serious mental health illnesses and requires a flexible schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain safety and security of self, others and facility at all times.
  • Completes regularly assigned screening and assessment of patient suicidal behavior, mental illness, substance use and vulnerabilities.
  • Observes and monitors patient's physical, mental and emotional well-being by looking for behavior patterns and report observations to treatment team.
  • Develops patient treatment plans.
  • Provides clinical mental health diagnosis of inmate.
  • Develops and leads group counseling programs for inmates with mental illness.
  • Completes daily documentation of patient status.
  • Reports and documents any issues, concerns or problems with medications, or changes in patient mental or physical health.
  • Participates as a member of the treatment team.
  • Communicates patient treatment plans and concerns with mental health and medical staff and corrections officers.
  • Provides training to medical, counseling, program and correctional staff.
  • Provides clinical supervision to interns.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

Master's Degree in Counseling, Social Work or Psychology AND two (2) years social service experience.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:

Valid Texas Driver's License.

At least one of the following:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)



Four (4) years paid experience in the counseling, social work, human services, education or criminal justice fields providing direct services to individuals.

Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Mental illness, substance use, intellectual & developmental disabilities, head and traumatic brain injuries.
  • Treatment and counseling strategies to address maladaptive behaviors.
  • Criminogenic risk factors that lead to incarceration.
  • Proper documentation practices.
  • Preventative management strategies of aggressive individuals.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages. Skill in:

  • Active listening, critical thinking, active learning, service orientation, assertiveness, sound judgment and decision making.

  • Effective communication with those impacted by symptoms of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, mania and hallucinations.
  • Development of treatment plans.
  • Problem solving.
  • Use of Electronic Medical Record, Microsoft Office Suite and other basic computer applications.
  • Both verbal and written communication. Ability to:

  • Discern potential problems and involve appropriate staff in problem solving.

  • Resolve conflict and work with resistant patients to meet treatment goals.
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment.
  • Interact with patients in a caring manner.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, other County employees and officials, community outreach and other organizations, clinical service providers, law enforcement personnel and the general public.

Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 50 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, sitting, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, reaching, twisting, balancing, repetitive motion, driving, client/customer contact, and squatting to perform the essential functions.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: Shift work for a 24 hour operation Works some holidays, nights and weekends

Department: Sheriff

Location: 500 W.10th St. Austin and/or 3614 Bill Price Rd. Del Valle

Drug and Alcohol Test Required Criminal, Credit, Driving, Education and Employment Background Check Required.

Salary: $45,346.50 - $56,683.12 Annually $45,346.50 - $56,683.12 Annually

Job Number: 15-03396

Location: 500 W. 10th St. Austin and/or 3614 Bill Price Rd. Del Valle, TX

Closing: 12/28/2016 11:59 PM Central

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Sheriff

Agency: Travis County

Address: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701.

Phone: 512-854-9165