Part-Time Mental Health Specialist

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Employment Application - Part-Time Mental Health Specialist

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STATUS: Part-Time
 SALARY RANGE: $50,000
 LOCATION: 4101 Washtenaw Ave.


Under the supervision of a higher classified employee, provides assessment, program intervention, supervision, and other services for individuals under community supervision with mental mild to moderate mental health related challenges. Coordinates community treatment plans and supervision plans for offenders. Refers and connects individuals with severe mental illness to Community Mental Health programs.


  • Maintains caseload for individuals with mental mild to moderate mental health challenges that are referred to pretrial, post sentence supervision, electronic monitoring, and early release programming.
  • Completes clinical assessments, develops and maintains treatment plans, coordinates and monitors offender treatment services, directly assisting individuals in achieving desired outcomes and documenting progress.
  • Maintains contact with courts, probation, parole and other criminal justice officials as necessary and appropriate to support and facilitate individual program and community supervision compliance and options.
  • Develops supportive relationships with offenders enrolled in services, to assure that the treatment planning process is consumer driven.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with a network of care providers, including current mental health providers, primary healthcare, insurance and benefits, family and natural supports.
  • Monitors and coordinates service delivery to offenders under community supervision as specified in the treatment plan.
  • Works as part of the Community Corrections team and within the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office to promote the outcomes specified in the treatment plan for each client.
  • Manages client crises whether directly or indirectly by accessing needed services.
  • Assists clients with the development of critical life skills through the use of advanced methods of psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • Provides supportive counseling and cognitive and/or behavioral therapeutic interventions in both individual settings.
  • Assists clients in advocating, identifying and linking to needed services and entitlement available in the community.
  • Provides support and education regarding mental illness and stigma associated to mental illness.
  • Provides assistance in the orientation and training of other agency employees.
  • Keeps timely and accurate clinical records including scheduled appointments, treatment plans, progress notes, etc.
  • Writes a variety of letters, internal communications and reports as required.
  • Maintains lists of program participants and keeps statistical data utilizing a variety of software to enroll, track and terminate client activity.
  • Establishes and maintains a positive working relationship with local criminal justice system officials and peer professionals.
  • Attends meetings and trainings as required
  • Represents the Office of the Sheriff Community Corrections to the community, relatives of offenders and other parties in a manner consistent with Office mission, strategies and values.
  • Remains current on available resources and programs for the offender population.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.


Knowledge of:

  • Criminal justice and human services systems operations, principles and practices.
  • Concepts and functions of criminal justice agencies as related to the community corrections functions.
  • DSM-V criteria to accurately evaluate, assess, and diagnose persons with psychiatric disorders, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Service Eligibility Criteria.
  • Assessing for risk of suicide/homicide/crisis and to differentiate intensity of service and intervention needed.
  • Principles and practices, applicable laws and regulations covering service delivery in the discipline to which assigned, including the Michigan Mental Health Code, Recipient Rights and Grievance and Appeals.
  • Differential diagnosis of serious mental illness, substance use disorders and medical disorders.
  • Working autonomously as a member of a multidisciplinary team while using sound judgment and making use of supervision in the development of skills and competent practice.
  • Techniques to deliver services across a population of individuals from varying socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Representing the agency to the community, natural supports, and other interested persons in a manner that fosters understanding of the mental health needs of clients and the goals and mission of the organization.
  • The delivery of culturally competent services including the ability to transform knowledge and cultural awareness into interventions that support and sustain healthy client system functioning within the appropriate cultural context.
  • Analyzing complex personal and procedural problems, evaluating alternatives, and making sound-recommendations.

Skill in:

  • Planning, directing, supervising and controlling the activities of others.
  • Impacting and influencing an individual's beliefs, opinions, judgments and behaviors.
  • Performing effectively under stress; meeting specific operational and functional standards, tolerances and time constraints.
  • Effective interpersonal communication.
  • Preparing clear, concise and effective written materials
  • Using sound independent judgment within established policy and procedures and other guidelines.
  • Maintaining accurate files and records.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work including individuals of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds
  • Working cooperatively and effectively within a team and the larger organizational setting.


Must possess a valid driver's license and be able to work at any designated work site.

Must meet qualifications to be a Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) operator.


Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.

These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.


Minimum requirements are that applicants have a Master’s degree in social work or psychology.

Preferred -

Limited Licensed Master’s in Social Work (LMSW) State of Michigan certification or greater.


Limited Licensed Master’s in Clinical or Behavioral Psychology (LLP) State of Michigan certification.


Two (2) years of experience working in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, probation, the courts, social work or in a comparable setting.

This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.