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Washington State Psychiatric Social Worker 3 in Monroe, Washington


Psychiatric Social Worker 3



Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC)

This recruitment will remain open until position is filled. First review of applicants will take place on January 20, 2021.

The Washington State Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for one full-time, permanent Psychiatric Social Worker 3 position at Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) within the Mental Health department.

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), Violator Unit, 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. Duties

The Psychiatric Social Worker 3 position supports the mission of DOC, Health Services Division, and Mental Health services, as follows: We work with all DOC staff for safer communities, to improve public safety by providing medically necessary and individualized care that promotes wellness. We meet the basic needs of incarcerated individuals by providing healthcare which aims to increase safety and decrease recidivism, thereby promoting positive change.

Duties include:

Conduct release planning for incarcerated individuals who have need for follow-up medical and mental health care: work with classification staff, medical provider(s) and/or mental health primary therapist to identify transition needs for incarcerated individuals and assist with identification of community resources as needed.

  • Conduct reentry groups and forums in both outpatient and residential settings.
  • Set follow-up medical and mental health services in the community upon release as needed.
  • Attend MD/FRMT meetings.
  • Participate in case conferences in preparation for release.
  • Input daily OMNI encounters and all tasks related to release planning (electronic).
  • Document all contacts with patients in a timely manner via Primary Encounter Reports (PER’s) utilizing SOAP format.
  • Respond to kites and other correspondence in a timely manner.

Facilitate Affordable Care Act (ACA), Expedited Medical Eligibility (EME) and/or Offender Reentry Community Safety (ORCS) services prior to release:

  • Meet with incarcerated individuals prior to release to offer assistance for documentation for the Affordable Care Act application process.
  • Complete the EME application for identified incarcerated individuals (both residential and outpatient), request Behavioral Health Discharge Summary from Psychologist 4 and submit application to DSHS.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings and assist as needed for the ORCS cases.
  • Understand the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) process and communicate resource information. Will confirm incarcerated individuals as SSI recipients.
  • Interact with DSHS Home and Community Services. Will set up on-site DSHS visits when applicable.
  • Participate in networking and information sharing with stakeholders.

Facilitate successful entry to prison:

  • May provide services to all incoming incarcerated individuals targeting adjustment to prison (both long-term and short-term).

Surrogacy and other duties as assigned:

  • Support medical and mental health staff by coordinating medical surrogacy when needed. Qualifications

_Please review all qualifications carefully prior to applying. _

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an adult correctional facility. All staff must follow all statewide DOC Policy Directives and facility-specific Operational Memoranda.
  • There is an inherent responsibility to support correctional security staff during periods of incarcerated individual unrest.
  • Potential for encounters with abusive and/or hostile incarcerated individuals pose the risk of physical injury.
  • This position requires that the employee be able to work in small spaces, stand for long periods, and walk long distances.
  • Climbing stairs or running could also be required under some circumstances.
  • This position is at risk of exposure to chemicals, communicable diseases, or other hazards inherent in a health care and correctional setting.
  • May have to sit for long periods of time to document and provide therapy.
  • May be required to travel for training occasionally. Must attend mandatory trainings/meetings in the community as scheduled/assigned.
  • This position relies heavily on computer systems, including email, document development and the use of spreadsheets.
  • Interactions with custody staff and health services professionals daily. Interactions will be timely and respectful. Customers may be rushed, impatient or angry. Staff member must be able to communicate complex information to various levels of understanding.
  • Interactions with patients must be respectful but also focused on safety and security.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Masters degree in Social Work from an accredited college or University whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • One to two years of post-graduate experience providing professional case management services, discharge/release planning and/or professional counseling services (i.e. individual/group, crisis intervention, psychoeducational) to adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), criminal/violent behavior and/or chemical dependency issues.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain status as an Agency Affiliated Counselor* through the Washington State Department of Health OR possess a current, valid WA Social Work license. In addition, SW licensure/credential must be maintained in good standing at all times in order to perform their SW duties. Each SW is responsible for adhering to the legal, educational and ethical requirements for maintaining their professional credentials. *Incumbent must apply for agency affiliated counselor license within 7 days of hire. An Agency Affiliated Counselor may only provide counseling services as part of his or her employment for a recognized agency. Applicants for an Agency Affiliated Counselor credential who apply within 7 days of employment may provide services within the agency for up to 60 days while the Department of Health processes your application.

  • Must have a current, valid Driver's License.

Preferred Qualifications*:*

  • Current, valid Washington State Social Worker license
  • 3-4 years’ experience providing professional case management services, discharge/release planning and/or professional counseling services (i.e. individual/group, crisis intervention, psychoeducational) to adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), criminal/violent behavior and/or chemical dependency issues. Supplemental Information

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  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined 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.

  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

  • 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. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • 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 from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
  • This position may be represented by a Union Shop. 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 For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Salary: $6,039.00 Monthly

Location: Snohomish County – Monroe, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Corrections

Job Number: 2021-00235

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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