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TJJD - Health Specialist V-Senior Mental Health Specialist for Juvenile Forensic Services (MCL) - 5446

at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Posted: 7/22/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 00005446
Keywords: health

Job Description

All applicants must complete the following additional forms(available at http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/jobsearch/application.aspx)and attach to the application, email to HRJobs@TJJD.Texas.gov, or mail to TJJD Human Resources, PO Box 12757,Austin, TX 78711 for consideration:

  1. TJJD EmploymentApplication Supplement (HR-003)
  2. Child Abuse RegistryCheck Consent Form (HR-028)
  3. Disclosure of PREAEmployment Standards Violation (HR-975)

Failure to complete and submit the above forms will cause delays inyour consideration for this position.

Acomplete job description and requirements are available at:  https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=00005446&tz=GMT-05:00

Applicantsapplying through Work In Texas (WIT) will also need to complete thesupplemental questions/forms to be considered for this posting.  To complete the supplemental questions/forms,please go to the CAPPS Career Center (https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en) toregister and create a profile, or login and access your existing profile.  A complete job description and other jobrequirements are available there.

Send completed application,supplemental questions/forms, and copies of diploma and college transcripts viaemail to HRJobs@TJJD.Texas.gov or regular mail to TJJD Human Resources, PO Box12757, Austin, TX 78711.


Your job application must be completely filledout and cover all employment.  Yourapplication must contain complete job histories, which include job titles, nameof employer, dates of employment, supervisor's name and phone number, and adescription of duties performed, and whether it was full-time or part-time andhours per week.  If this information isnot provided, your application may be rejected as incomplete.  Resumes do not take the place of thisrequired information.

Applicants must attach to theapplication a copy of a high school diploma/equivalent or college diploma andtranscript if a degree or college semester hours are required to meet minimumqualifications.  A copy of all requiredcertifications and/or licenses must also be attached to the application.

Applicants must be able to pass a Criminal Background Check and any otherrequirements listed under Minimum Qualifications.

State of TexasBenefits and Retirement Information can be found at https://www.ers.texas.gov.  Benefits include:  Retirement plan, paid group health & life insurance for employee, paidholidays, paid vacation leave, paid sick leave, longevity pay, educationalassistance program, employee assistance program.  Optional add-on benefits include:  Dental, Vision, Optional Life Insurance,Voluntary AD&D Insurance, Dependent Health & Life insurance, Health& Dependent care flexible spending accounts, etc.  Additionally, certain designated positions areeligible for hazardous duty pay, career ladder advancements, and free mealswhile on duty.


TJJD effectively addresses the multiple and complex needs of the youth committed to the agency and their families through a multidisciplinary integrated approach that includes implementation of a general rehabilitation strategy and a Mental Health Treatment Program (MHTP). The MHTP provides enhanced psychiatric and psychological assistance to youth who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe mental health problems and/or illnesses, which allows the general rehabilitation case managers to focus on risk reduction and protective factor enhancement strategies in order to reduce the risk of reoffending. This collaboration allows for holistic and individualized treatment of youth in need of MHTP services.

Performs highly advanced (senior-level) psychological work and assists in leading a team of mental health specialists at the assigned secure correctional facility under the direction of the facility's manager of clinical services. Work involves assisting in the supervision of the intake, assessment, and treatment processes; providing consultation and training in conducting groups based upon the program model; providing direct professional services including group, family, and individual counseling; conducting psychological evaluations of youth; and performing discharge and transition activities to ensure coordination of treatment service delivery upon release to a halfway house or the community. Duties involve working as a member of a multidisciplinary team (MDT) member and collaborating with clinical staff, agency directors, case managers, education staff, juvenile correctional officers, and parole officers.

Works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. May supervise the work of and train others. May be required to work in excess of 40 hours per work week, travel, and be on-call.


Provides clinical supervisory activities, including monitoring treatment plans and progress, group therapy, and overseeing the implementation of transition plans.

Conducts psychological evaluations, suicide risk assessments, and suicide monitoring in accordance with agency policies and standards. Participates in treatment and transition planning, Administrative, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) evaluations, and other clinical evaluations that incorporate specific recommendations regarding transition planning, risk management, and behavioral interventions.

Provides suicide screening, assessment and intervention and identifies and provides guidance to staff regarding supervision requirements needed to ensure youth safety.

Provides specialized consultation to MDT members, including juvenile correctional officers, case managers, and education staff on assessment, treatment, adaptations and modifications, intervention, clinical and behavioral management of youth who are referred with acute and/or highly specialized mental health needs

Contributes to the development, maintenance and delivery of training designed to improve the clinical knowledge, skills and performance of facility staff.

Documents services provided, in accordance with agency and professional standards.

Participates in staff and special meetings; provides information, reports, and updates to facility and agency management; consults with psychiatric providers, external stakeholders and members of community mental health teams regarding the youth assigned to the MRTC.

Collaborates with agency and program staff and multi-disciplinary team members in meeting established objectives and goals; identifies concerns and trends, service gaps, and areas that are barriers to treatment; and recommends improvements to resolve problems or enhance operations.

Performs a variety of related duties not listed, to be determined and assigned as needed.

Performs all duties in compliance with agency safety policies and procedures:
  •Reports safety hazards and corrects hazards when possible.
  •Completes required documentation in the event of an accident/injury within requested time frames.

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency attendance and leave policies, serves as on-call mental health professional and responds to crisis situations when indicated.



Doctoral degree in psychology.


Licensed ProfessionalCounselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or LicensedPsychological Associate (LPA) with a minimum or five years of full-time wageearning experience as a licensed practitioner/social worker/psychologicalassociate in a mental health setting.

Note:  Any degree, diploma, high school equivalent,or course hours required to meet minimum qualifications must be obtained froman accredited educational institution.

Thisposition is subject to mandatory pre-employment drug testing and any offer ofemployment is contingent upon acceptable results from a drug screen conductedfor the agency.

Requirements forContinued Employment:

  • Obtain aState of Texas licensure as a Licensed Psychologist (independent practice) nolater than two years after employment in this position to qualify for a careerpath promotion to a Psychologist II.

  • Failure toobtain the required licensure within this time frame or failure to maintain the required licensure in goodstanding for any reason are grounds for termination of employment.

  • Obtain and maintain certification in TJJD's approved use of forcetechniques.

  • Obtain and maintain certification in First Aid and CPR.

Career Path Promotion Opportunity:  The Health Specialist V is a TJJD career pathposition. If the selected applicant has a doctoral degree in psychology, theapplicant must obtain a State of Texas licensure as a Licensed Psychologist nolater than two years after hire in this position as a condition of continuedemployment.  After obtaining suchlicensure and meeting established performance criteria per agency policy (PRS.15.07), the employee ispromoted to a Psychologist II without having to compete for a vacant position.


The followingphysical demands and working conditions are representative of those encounteredand/or necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essentialfunctions of this job.  Reasonableaccommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to performthe essential functions.

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
Ability to see
Ability to hear (with or without aid)
Ability to perform tactile discernment
Heavy lifting, 45 lbs. & over
Climbing ladders
Heavy carrying, 45 lbs. & over
Repeated bending
Operate motor equipment
Reaching above shoulder
Identify colors
Depth perception
Climbing stairs
Restraining combative youth


1.Knowledge of:
•Psychometrics and psychological principles including behavior modification.
•Diagnostic criteria outlined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM V), and the Texas Education Association for the evaluation of serious emotional disturbance.
•Psychology and related disciplines; and of psychological tests, measurements, and treatment techniques and practices.
•Juvenile risk assessment, treatment practices and principles, family interventions, and regulatory standards.
•Or ability to acquire knowledge of TJJD and its programs.

2.Skill in:
•Facilitating individual and group counseling sessions with juvenile offenders.
•Conducting family counseling and family reintegration sessions.
•Evaluation and assessment and in making appropriate decisions and recommendations regarding treatment options.
•Training and/or teaching others.
•Maintaining accurate records and files.
•Communicating and working effectively with youth, family, and the public.
•And willingness to physically restrain youth in the appropriate manner, maintain order and discipline, and act quickly in emergencies.
•Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
•Operating computers and applicable computer software and using high level data and informational reports as a program management tool.
•Working collaboratively to establish rapport and build credibility with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders.

3.Ability to:
•Work with youth in an empathetic and understanding manner and foster the cooperation of youth in the treatment process.
•Appropriately respond to abusive language and conduct in a manner consistent with instructions received in training.
•Intervene and correct behavior and facilitate group discussions and activities.
•Prioritize and manage multiple tasks; plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments; and meet deadlines.
•Maintain confidential information.
•Work collaboratively with all stakeholders and maintain a professional, courteous demeanor.
•Remain alert, observant, and physically able to respond appropriately to work situations or emergencies including, but not limited to, physical restraint of youth.
•Recognize when decisions need to be made, process information logically, make decisions, and demonstrate the soundness of those decisions.
•Work flexible hours, in excess of 40 hours per work week, be on-call, and travel as needed.
•Participate in ongoing didactic training as scheduled by the agency.


In order to receive veteran's preference, a copy of your DDForm 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), VA disabilityrating (if applicable), or a DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) must be attachedto your application.

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Thank you for considering employment with the Texas Juvenile JusticeDepartment.

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department does notdiscriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age,or disability in employment or the provision of services.