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Psychiatric Services Specialist (Counselor) - Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility

Date Posted:  Sep 26, 2019
Requisition ID:  13795

Pendleton, IN, US, 46064

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The Psychiatric Services Specialist provides advanced psychiatric social work to patients at a state operated facility providing administrative and consultative functions.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Serves as social worker and/or case manager as assigned;
  • Completes social services assessments with patients;
  • Maintains a caseload of patients providing pre-admission evaluations, progress notes, consultations with families, and daily patient consultations.
  • Completes release of information forms (advanced directives, human rights, and HIPAA release forms) with the patient or other patient guardian/representative;
  • Presents patient cases at treatment team meetings or patient staffing identifying problems and treatment approaches and leading meetings to the successful development of treatment plans;
  • Prepares discharge plans in collaboration with mental health centers, family or representative;
  • Assists patients in developing community living skills;
  • Promotes continuing care in communities through comprehensive discharge planning;
  • Consults with and visits various other social service agencies to assist in individual care and to develop and maintain ongoing working relationships;
  • May provide administrative support in absence of Social Services Director;

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  

Preferred Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  (Major in Counseling and Guidance, Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, Criminology, Social Work, or a related area required); PLUS two (2) years of full-time experience in a psychiatric, group, medical, children, family or correctional setting;
  • Completion of necessary continuing education training, certifications and/or licensure requirements;
  • AVATAR software system and Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) certification required;
  • Advanced knowledge of principles and practices of social work and recovery;
  • Specialized knowledge of laws, rules, regulations and guidelines for the care, treatment and rights of those with mental illness and developmental delay;
  • Specialized knowledge of case management, assessment and continuum of care;
  • Practical knowledge of community social services agencies and the ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships with them;
  • Working knowledge of other treatment disciplines such as: rehabilitation therapy, psychology, dietetics and nursing and the ability to integrate these while discharge planning;
  • Working knowledge of causes, symptoms and limitations of various mental disabilities;
  • Ability to evaluate patient needs, document progress and record/update treatment plans;
  • Ability to resolve conflict and work as an integral part of a treatment team;
  • Current knowledge of service line policies and procedures, hospital Bridge Building and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Anderson