Job Description

Extended Job Title
Mental Health Clinician - H84376

Org Level 1
Texas Tech Univ Health Sciences Ctr

Org Level 7
691501 - Psych Montford Unit

Position Description
This a responsible professional Position with limited administrative and supervisory duties at the unit level. Specific duties include testing, psychological evaluation and diagnostic services as well as counseling assigned patient caseload. This position functions under the supervision of a higher level licensed psychologist, but the individual has full professional responsibility for higher actions and advice.

Requisition ID

Travel Required

Major/Essential Functions
Communicates with team members and supervisor in a timely manner utilizing direct, complete, and adequate information. Communicates professionally with outside social service and government agencies, upholding and adhering to privacy standards on behalf of the patients. Communicates with patients' family members as needed and permitted based on current policies. When problems arise, addressed directly with the person(s) involved or speaks with their supervisor exclusively. Receives and is open to constructive feedback. Seeks feedback from others to improve clinical practice and safety.

Dependability-on time for tx team, arranges coverage, notifies team members of absences. Scheduling-Patient's ITP's are reviewed based on timeframes in current policies and for release planning. Contribution-reports relevant information regarding O/P's symptoms, diagnoses and current level of functioning to treatment team. Coordination-assists in the interviewing of O/P's and other staff members using professional and assertive verbal/non-verbal communication. Preparedness-arrives with necessary materials to complete ITP's and special staffing notes.

Staff member monitors patient prior to tx team review. Required documentation is noted in the medical record. Meets standard for quality, quantity, time frames as set by supervisor. Conducts a patient interview on or before the 10th work day after the day of admission. The psychosocial evaluation and all corresponding documentation are completed per policy/supervisory directive. Adheres to clinical and security procedures when completing evaluations. 

Responds to I-60's in accordance to policy. Responds to family calls. Documents family calls in the medical record with required forms. Completes release planning tasks including communication and paperwork in a timely manner and per policy. Manages treatment team referrals and referrals to specialized programs in timely and appropriate manner. 

Demonstrates knowledge of therapeutic approach and creates and maintains positive therapeutic environment. Maintains professional, therapeutic boundaries. Adheres to established guidelines for individual and group demographics. Adheres to established guidelines for individual, psych-educational and psychotherapeutic groups. 

Serves as the patient advocate in representing the patient's right to refuse treatment in accordance with procedural hearings. Represents the declared wishes of the patients, who may be living with severe mental illness and/or serious emotional disturbances, to the reviewing physicians who determine patient's need for inpatient psychiatric care. Demonstrates knowledge of the process and procedure for a Civil Commitment Hearing. The clinician demonstrates their role in civil commitment hearings in a competent/professional manner. 

Documents using legible handwriting and appropriate forms in the EMR, professional language, supports clinical assessment with objective information/observation, and avoids jargon. 

Serves as the non-treating mental health professional in conjunction with hearings for non-emergency compelled medication.

Attends and completes training required to meet requirements set forth by TTUHSC, TDCJ and TSBEP, TSBEPC, or TSBSWE

Document, find information and communicate effectively using the Electronic Medical Record, Microsoft Office Programs, TDCJ Host on Demand and programs/operations utilized by Managed Care and TTUHSC.

This valuable team member shall perform work in a manner that reflects the Values of TTUHSC:
  • ONE TEAM unite and include diverse perspectives to achieve our mission
  • KINDHEARTED exceed expectations with a kind heart, helping hands, and a positive attitude
  • INTEGRITY be honorable and trustworthy even when no one is looking.
  • VISIONARY nurture innovative ideas, bold explorations, and a pioneering spirit
  • BEYOND SERVICE create and deliver positive defining moments


Grant Funded?

Minimum Hire Rate
$19.70 - Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications

Pay Basis

Schedule Details
M-F 8:00 - 4:30

Work Location

Preferred Qualifications
The Applicant may have a Master's or Doctoral degree and Texas licensure as an LPC, LMFT, or LCSW, or a Psychologist (provisionally licensed applicants may be considered). Licensed staff must demonstrate: the clinical ability to make accurate diagnostic and risk-related treatment decisions, will operate within their area of expertise, and will correctly utilize supervision from the Mental Health Clinical Supervisors.
The Applicant must have the ability to function effectively and professionally as a part of a multidisciplinary treatment team. The Applicant must have the knowledge of the principles, ethics, terminology, and procedures of mental health assessment, as well as individual and group treatment. The applicant must be able to skillfully analyze data and integrate information into the appropriate reports or documentation including the electronic health record system. The Applicant must be able to effectively communicate in writing and verbally. The Applicant must be capable of working on several tasks simultaneously and do so according to designated time frames and level of importance. The Applicant must have a strong work ethic and follow ethical guidelines.

Employee is able to interact with people of all cultures, social economic backgrounds and educational levels. Understand and recognize psychological, emotional and physical boundaries and practices in accordance with that knowledge and understanding. Is able to work in accordance with the standards of TTUHSC, CMHC, TDCJ, APA, TSBEPC, and/or TSBSWE. Verbal and written communication is effective in the completion of clinical and administrative job tasks. Demonstrates an interest and ability to build upon existing skills and knowledge to enhance their professional growth and development, i.e. by accepting and using constructive criticism, seeking out training opportunities, etc. 

HSC - Correctional Managed Health Care

Psych Montford Unit

Required Attachments
Professional License or Certification, Resume / CV

Job Type
Full Time

Pay Statement
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.

Job Group

Occasional Duties
Additional Tasks: Participates in committees or teams in order to enhance or create programs at the John T. Montford Unit. Participation in unit programs for staff, security, safety and support. Supervision of BSW students for appropriate licensure. Presentation of leadership in statewide or national professional organizations or conferences. Presentations for classes at local universities. Serves as certified Spanish speaking interpreter if TDCJ certification is secured. And, additional duties as assigned by supervisor. 

Benefits Offered
*  Generous paid time off, sick leave, and holiday schedule
*  100% paid health insurance for full time employees, 50% paid for dependents
*  Dental, vision, long-term, and short-term disability benefits.
*  State of Texas pension plan that vests in 5 years.
*  State Employee tuition forgiveness and tuition assistance for continuing education
*  Medical liability insurance for all licensed health care employees.
*  And much more.


EEO Statement
As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

Required Qualifications
* Master’s degree in psychology or a related field from an accredited college or university

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