Psychiatric Evaluation Specialist

Website King County Public Health

King County Public, Jail Health Services

The responsibilities of the Psychiatric Evaluation Specialist (PES) include providing mental status/diagnostic evaluations and related evidence-based interventions, suicide risk assessment, and mental health treatment planning for jail inmate-patients. The incumbent will monitor inmate-patients throughout their incarceration and may provide both individual and group treatment to improve the overall functioning of the inmate-patient. Additionally, to assist in more streamlined continuity of care, the incumbent will possess a working understanding of available, community diversion and treatment opportunities. PES staff may provide testimony in court (ITA) regarding inmate-patients. PES staff make psychiatric housing decisions and refer inmate-patients to community mental health providers or into involuntary treatment, as needed. Responsibilities will also include performing chart review / triage functions, providing training on areas of expertise, consultation with other professions, community outreach and engagement, and participating in ongoing process improvement efforts within King County Public Health and Jail Health Services.  Independent licensure as a psychologist, mental health counselor, clinical independent social worker, marriage and family therapist or recognized alternate licensure in Washington State.  Master’s or Doctoral degree in psychology, social work, clinical counseling, or a related field, from an accredited university.

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