Behavioral Health Practitioner Supervisor - Mental Health - Reception and Treatment Center

$33.68 - $50.52 hourly
  • Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
  • Lincoln, NE, USA
  • Jun 05, 2024
Full time Other Behavioral Health Positions

Job Description

Lincoln Job Posting
Full time
job requisition idJR2023-00000754

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Hiring Agency:

Correctional Services - Agency 46


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Classification Salary Range:

$33.68 - $50.52

Job Posting:

JR2023-00000754 Behavioral Health Practitioner Supervisor - Mental Health - Reception and Treatment Center (Open)

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Job Description:

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) employs nearly 2,300 team members operating nine institutions, which house approximately 5,200 inmates, statewide. The department's focus includes inmate programming and education, physical and behavioral health care, re-entry services, and community programs, and is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Candidates will model the NDCS values of integrity, respect, compassion, growth, and excellence as we accomplish our mission, "Keep people safe." Information about the Department can be found at: For more information about this position, call 402-471-2654.

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, please call 402-479-5812.

Hiring rate is $31.033 - $35.364/hour, depending on current licensure.

Plans, organizes and coordinates Mental Health's operations/programs. Evaluates mental health programs to correct deficiencies and to ensure proper documentation. Develops and directs the implementation of operational plans pertinent to Mental Health to ensure the establishment of appropriate goals and the development of action steps to achieve those goals. Determines and requests/submits staff, material, and equipment needs for Mental Health. Develops performance evaluation standards and procedures for subordinate staff. Reviews and compares work performance of subordinate staff with established standards. Counsels and confers with subordinate staff. Trains subordinate staff and other NDCS employees in the principles, practices, policies, and/or procedures of mental health services/therapy. Responsible for the weekly supervision of Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioners and monthly supervision of Licensed Mental Health Practitioners. Assesses psychosocial status and needs of inmates served using information from psychological evaluations, social work assessments, individual history, and direct clinical observations to recommend treatment dispositions/plan changes or referral for major mental illness or disorder. Counsels, treats and provides psychotherapy to individual and groups of male inmates diagnosed with a mental illness, developmental impairment or otherwise identified as having special needs. Compiles progress notes, documents, assessments, treatment activities and other written documentation on assigned inmates in a timely manner. Explains the methods and purposes of mental health programs and solicits feedback to inform concerned parties and improve the programs. Consults with administrative, psychiatric, unit management, custody, mental health, and other personnel to assess organic or emotional disorders, to make referrals, or to consult with individual inmates. Coordinates interdisciplinary team meetings and/or serves as a member to ensure completeness of individual treatment plans or other case management functions, or to update treatment plans. Actively participates in multi-disciplinary treatment planning, being knowledgeable of effective interventions and strategies for the assigned population as well as individuals. Completes rotational Mental Health Officer of the Day duties. Completes institutional documentation in regards to Visits with Minors as needed. Functions as a consultant in institutional housing, discipline and other specific inmate issues during normal working hours and, occasionally, via telephone after hours. Must maintain current Nebraska licensure as a Mental Health Practitioner.

Job Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: State of Nebraska license as a Mental Health Practitioner. Licensure requirements for all levels pursuant to Nebraska State Statutes 38-2122, 38-2124, and 38-316.
PREFERRED: Supervisory experience. Possesses LIMHP. Experience working with criminal offenders and Serious Mental Illness (SMI). Bilingual skills in Spanish/English desired and assessed.
OTHER: Proof of licensure and transcripts required upon acceptance of a job offer. Must submit to a security background check. Applicants accepting a job offer must pass the pre-employment medical exam and a drug test. Once at the Staff Training Academy, must successfully complete the fully paid Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Training Program.

 Knowledge of: professional ethics; therapeutic methods for providing crisis intervention and group and individual therapy; psychiatric medications and their side effects; interpersonal dynamics; mental and emotional disorders; social and cultural factors as related to mental health; patterns and processes of normal growth and development; adult education; sound correctional security measures; case planning and development; department and institutional rules and regulations; institutional and community based resources; program development and evaluation; personnel rules; the NAPE/AFSCME contract; continuous quality improvement; agency mission, goals and objectives, federal, state, and institutional policies/procedures; chemical dependency testing procedures; community referral resources; clinical and supervision and leadership.

Skill in: active listening; effective communication; presenting information to groups and/or individuals; persuasion; social perceptiveness; conducting client assessments; treatment planning; client progress documentation.

Ability to: communicate and deal with a wide range of individuals; make sound decisions; solve problems; function effectively as a team member; develop program specific philosophies, policies, and procedures; explain the significance of behavior patterns and signs to patients and other team members; monitor patient progress and recommend new strategies; prepare written reports; document findings and treatment; provide crisis intervention; manage and organize; provide supervision and leadership to staff members; facilitate conflict resolution; function effectively as a team leader; react to crisis situations; administer a budget; follow legal and ethical standards; establish expectations and evaluate performance; identify and resolve problems; and successfully apply supervisory and leadership skills with employees and in direct client care settings.


We offer a comprehensive package of pay, benefits, paid time off, retirement and professional development opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and life. Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation.

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