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CDOC - Mental Health Clinician or Sex Offender Treatment Provider

at State of Colorado

Posted: 2/22/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1821222

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

We are currently offering incentive pay for positions in Sterling and Limon (additional $200.00 per month) 
The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) is "To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law abiding, productive citizens" 

Our vision..."Building a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow"
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and build greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado. Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado. Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more effective and efficient.
In addition to a great agency and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system;
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans;
  • Medical and dental health plans;
  • Paid life insurance;
  • Short and long-term disability coverage;
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick time;
  • Employee wellness programs;
  • Tuition Reimbursement;
  • Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Programs;
  • Training opportunities and more.

Description of Job

Mental Health Clinician:  This position provides mental health care to a special population of offenders housed in the Colorado Department of Corrections with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities and high risk for suicide and self injury. Assigned case load will consist primarily of offenders with moderate to high mental health treatment needs.  Develop Mental Health treatment plans to serve as the basis for treatment. Provide individual and group therapy. Perform routine mental health assessments and interviews to determine progress. Update diagnosis and psychiatric needs levels. Refer offenders to psychology for more complex psychological assessment. Provide information to psychiatry to include client history, previous diagnoses, and alternative treatment available. Participation in 24 hour On Call System. Assures both emergency and non-emergency transfer for offenders experiencing acute mental health crisis. Renders clinical direction to non-clinical staff in mental health care and treatment of inmates. Assures continuity of care for offenders by making appropriate referral and providing necessary information and documentation for transition to receiving units, facilities, or agencies.  Current Mental Health Clinician vacancies: Buena Vista, Crowley, Canon City, Limon and Pueblo.  

Sex Offender Treatment Provider:  This position provides intensive sex offender treatment within the CDOC's Sex Offender Treatment & Monitoring Program (SOTMP) including development, implementation and modification of individual treatment plans. SOTMP complies with the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) standards and guidelines.  Clinicians providing sex offender treatment are required to apply with the SOMB within 30 days of hire.  Conduct and prepare psycho-sexual evaluation for use by community corrections, Parole Board and treatment providers in the community. Prepare parole board assessment to assist the parole board in making release decisions. Participate in support education meetings on a periodic basis. This position will also participate in the Standardized training workshop for Correctional system regarding the Dynamics of Sex Offenders. Provide crisis intervention and consultation to correctional staff concerning high risk behaviors of sex offenders in the institution. Review records and interview offenders to assess sexual violence level, treatment needs, and treatment amenability. Develop individual treatment plans and goals. Regular review and modification of treatment plans to reflect individual progress or lack of for offenders in the treatment program. Provide intensive treatment to sex offenders by conducting group therapy based on Risk Need Receptivity (RNR) and supplemental individual therapy, status reviews, homework assignment reviews and feedback, and evaluations.  Current Sex Offender Treatment Provider vacancies:  Canon City.
We are accepting applications for all locations.  The eligibility list created from this posting will be used to fill current and future vacancies throughout the state (Crowley, Buena Vista, Canon City, Delta, Denver, Limon, Pueblo, Rifle, Sterling and Trinidad).  

Within the job application you have the ability to select which locations you are interested in and which program you are interested in (mental health and/or sex offender).
**You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your records**

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications
  • Applicant must possess a valid, active license from the State of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Applicant must have one year of professional counseling experience with the mental health and/or sex offender population.


Required Competencies:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid license from the State of Colorado as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist;
  • Knowledge of and ability to conduct crisis assessment and counseling utilizing therapist manuals and protocols and agency/facility security policies;
  • Ability to effectively interact with offenders;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;
  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Mental health counseling with the offender population and crisis intervention experience;
  • Experience conducting suicide risk assessments;
  • Listing with the SOMB as a treatment provider (Sex Offender Treatment Provider);
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
LOAN REPAYMENT/FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS:  The Colorado Department of Corrections participates in the National Health Services Corps (, the Colorado Health Services Corps (, and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (
The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application. 

In order to process a background investigation, your application must include at least (10) ten years of the most current work experience unless experience related to the job for which you are applying is later than (10) years. Failure to provide this information could result in delays and/or elimination from the background investigation process.

Conditions of Employment
  • All job offers are contingent upon a successful medical screening by a healthcare professional, certifying candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position, completed at the applicant's own expense.  Applicant must consent to hold harmless CDOC and its agents and staff from any liability arising in whole or in part from the testing and the use of this information in connection with CDOC's consideration of application for employment;
  • Must be 21 years of age;
  • Possess a valid Driver's License;
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED;
  • Have NO felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The CDOC shall not hire nor promote anyone who may have contact with an offender who has engaged in sexual abuse which includes acts, activity, and sexual behavior,  in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders or residents;
  • Successfully complete the Department of Corrections Basic Training upon hire, initial drug screening, and random drug screening throughout employment;
  • Possess the physical ability to successfully complete PPCT (Pressure Point Control Tactics);
  • Lift arms above head and kick as high as own waist;
  • Stabilize another person to accomplish a controlled take down;
  • Use arms, palms of hands, shins, and feet to deliver blows;
  • Withstand impact (slow speed or with a safety bag) on own body from strikes/blows;
  • Swing a baton in a striking technique;
  • Rotate body 90 degrees with feet planted for striking with foot or using a defensive tactic;
  • Get down on one or both knees and up again with multiple repetitions;
  • Positions that have direct contact with offenders may be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum;
  • Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and security;
  • Seize, hold, control or subdue violent or assaultive persons and defend oneself or others to prevent injury;
  • Demonstrate body agility, strength of all four limbs and the ability to walk and climb stairs consistently;
  • Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations;
  • Deal with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and a congenial, personable manner;
  • Work with people of the opposite sex, diverse racial ethnic groups, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed offenders;
  • Communicate by talking, listening and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information, assignments;
  • Work in an environment with fluctuating noise and temperature (hot and cold) which may include working outdoors in inclement weather and/or concrete floor/wall work settings;
  • Willing and able to travel;
  • Willing and able to work various shifts, days, afternoons, graveyards (nights) which includes a rotating shift schedule;
  • TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire;
  • Successful completion of a background investigation is required. Should applicant's background reveal criminal charges, it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Department of Corrections with written/official disposition of any charges;
  • The CDOC has a zero tolerance policy and is committed to a drug and alcohol free work environment.  Our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws.  A drug test will be administrated to all new employees; employees must successfully pass.  Random drug screening will occur throughout employment. 
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. 

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. 

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

Time sensitive correspondence will be sent via email from the Office of Human Resources, the Background Investigation Unit and so ensure that a working email address is included in your application.  YOU ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO CHECK YOUR E-MAIL DAILY to include your spam and junk folders.  
After submitting your application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your application submission. If you do not receive this email, ensure that you have submitted the application, ensure the correct email address is listed in the application, and check your spam/junk folders.  If you still do not receive an email, please contact Barbara Wilson at 719-226-4493 or

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Barbara Wilson at or 719-226-4493 at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support:  If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time).