Behavioral Health Practitioner - Mental Health - Lincoln and York

$23.66 - $47.28 hourly
  • Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
  • Jun 05, 2024
Full time Other Behavioral Health Positions

Job Description

The work we do matters!

Hiring Agency:

Correctional Services - Agency 46

Location: Lincoln & York

Hiring Rate:


Classification Salary Range:

$23.66 - $47.28

Job Posting:

JR2023-00000560 Behavioral Health Practitioner - Mental Health - Lincoln and York (Evergreen) (Open)

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Job Description:

Provide individual and group counseling to inmates. Provide crisis intervention to inmates. Conduct risk assessments and treatment planning for group participants. Consult with appropriate staff regarding clinical concerns. Participate in multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings. Screen and refer inmates to appropriate programs or treatment. Update/revise treatment plans and recommend changes in case management as inmates' statuses change.

License eligible individuals also encouraged to apply, and will be considered at a lesser salary. Additional $3/hour facility differential for hours worked.

PLMHP: $23.661
LMHP: $27.757
LMHP/PLADC: $29.838
LMHP/LACD or LIMHP: $32.075

• 13 paid holidays
• Vacation and sick leave (24 days your first year, accruing immediately)
• Military leave
• 156% state-matched retirement
• Tuition reimbursement
• Employee assistance program
• 79% employer paid health insurance plans
• Dental and vision insurance plans
• Employer-paid $20,000 life insurance policy
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) eligible through the Federal government
• Meaningful public service -- service with a purpose!
• Numerous training and development opportunities

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

Provide individual/group counseling and crisis intervention to inmates. Complete written documentation for assigned inmates in a timely manner. Consult with appropriate staff regarding inmate mental status and treatment progression. Participate in multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings. Screen and refer inmates to appropriate review teams. Participate in the initial screening and orientation of new inmates. When on-call for Mental Health, provide consultation and services to inmates outside of regular hours

Job Requirements

Qualifications / Requirements
  • Licensed as a Mental Health Practitioner or possess another license that allows the incumbent to provide the above mental health services as required by NE. Rev. Statute 38-2122.
  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Human Development, Psychology, Family Relations, Vocational Rehabilitation, Art Therapy, Divinity, Human Resources, Naturopathy, Mental Health or other field approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in order to become a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner AND 3000 hours of post-degree supervised counseling experience.
  • Experience working with major mental illness populations.
  • Experience providing anger management and/or violence intervention programming.
  • Experience providing individual and group therapy.
OTHER: License eligible candidates must be actively pursuing licensure to become fully licensed as a Mental Health Practitioner within a period not to exceed two years from date of hire, by providing mental health services under the direct clinical supervision of a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner or other qualified professional. Transcripts required upon acceptance of any job offer. Must submit to a background security check. Applicants accepting a job offer must pass the pre-employment medical exam and a drug test. Once employed, all incumbents must successfully complete the fully paid Nebraska Department of Correctional Services pre-service training program.

Knowledge of counseling theory/practices. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.


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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