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Salary: $7,116.00 - $9,377.00
Posted: 02/06/2013

Job Description:
*** This position is permanent pending freeze exemption approval; however, the freeze exemption may only be approved on a limited term basis. If appointed limited term, there is a possibility of the appointment becoming permanent.**

** Your state application must indicate you are applying for Psychologist Clinical, Correctional Facility position 065-924-9283-004. Please explain your eligibility (i.e. lateral transfer, on a list, etc.).

You must have current certification, list, lateral, or reinstatement eligibility to apply for this vacancy.

Job Description:

Under the clinical and administrative direction of the Regional Mentally Disordered Offender (MDO) Program Chief Psychologist, Clinical, C.F., the Psychologist, Clinical, C.F., will provide clinical support of the MDO Program in a Regional capacity. Individual workload management and adherence to deadlines is crucial. As a part of its monitoring responsibility over the Mental Health Services Delivery System (MHSDS), the Coleman Litigation Court Master raised the issue of collateral responsibilities such as conducting MDO and Life Term Mental Health Evaluations (Lifer evaluations) as interfering with the Department’s Institutional clinical staff’s abilities to carry out mandated MHSDS treatment programs. The MDO Program supports MHSDS treatment programs by dedicating clinical staff for Penal Code 2960 through 2981 mandated MDO Evaluations. Substantial travel is required.

35% Supervise the evaluation process of inmates for potential placement into a Department of Mental Health hospital as a condition of paroled as MDOs (Penal Code 2962). Provide direction verifying all potential cases receive evaluations in adherence with the time lines. Monitor work flow within the Region. Maintain liaison with institutional MDO coordinators within the assigned region to assure compliance with statutory requirements and program guidelines. Implement quality control measures to confirm comprehensive and accurate evaluations are completed by unit staff. Provide periodic staff performance appraisals.

25% Conduct mental health evaluations including, but not limited to, MDO (PC 2962) and Lifer (PC 5079). Review inmate central files and health records at institutions to obtain comprehensive background information regarding criminal and mental health histories; conduct forensic mental health examinations of inmates for the purpose of determining inmates' level of dangerousness and the need for inmate mental health treatment.

20% Prepare initial mental health evaluation reports, either by dictation or in written form, based on review of inmates' records and direct examinations of inmates; transcribes reports into final form; review and confirm final reports for correctness and accuracy.

10% Attend training on mental health evaluation processes and procedures. Participate in consultations with Regional Senior Psychologist, Clinical, C.F., conduct peer evaluations of clinical evaluations completed by other clinical evaluators and participate in other quality improvement activities at both the institutional and central office levels to ensure the best possible compliance with the provisions of penal codes to maintain quality control of decision-making processes and procedures and evaluation performance standards.

05% As needed attend court hearings regarding these inmate reports and clinical determinations to provide additional clinical clarification; and provide other related information as may be required to assist the Court Certification Hearings process.

05% Perform problem-solving actions regarding MDO identification issues; attend staff patient conferences; and perform other duties in support of Coleman litigation as required.

Knowledge of: Psychological theories and research; principles, techniques, and problems in developing and coordinating a clinical psychological treatment program; principles, techniques, and trends in psychology with particular reference to normal and disordered behavior, human development motivation, personality learning, individual differences, adaptation, and social interaction; methods for the assessment and modification of human behavior; characteristics and social aspects of mental disorders and retardation; research methodology and program evaluation, institutional and social process, group dynamics; functions of psychologists in various mental health services; current trends in the field of mental health; professional training; and community organization and allied professional services.

Ability to: Plan, organize, and work in a specialized clinical psychological treatment program involving members of other treatment discipline; provide professional consultation and program leadership; teach and participate in professional training; recognize situations requiring the creative application of technical skills; develop and evaluate creative approaches to the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental disorders, to the conduct of research, and to the development and direction of a psychological program; plan, organize, and conduct research, data analysis, and program evaluation; conduct assessment and psychological treatment procedures; secure the cooperation of professional and lay groups; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; and communicate effectively.

Special Personal Characteristics
Empathetic understanding of patients of a State correctional facility; willingness to work in a State correctional facility; scientific and professional integrity; emotional stability; patience; alertness; tact; and keenness of observation.

Special Physical Characteristics Persons appointed to this position must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well- being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates.

Assignments may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.

Benefits information can be found on the CalHR website,, and the CalPERS website,

In order to apply and be considered for this position, all applicants must submit a completed Standard State Application Form (Std. 678) available at , under “My Profile.”

All methods of appointment may be considered. Applications will be screened and only the most competitive candidates will be invited for an interview.

This advertisement may be used for other vacancies that occur during this posting.
* Through June 30, 2013, full-time employees’ monthly pay will be reduced by 4.62% in exchange for eight (8) hours of leave. Part-time employees shall be subject to the pay reduction on a pro-rated basis consistent with their time base.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Psychologist Clinical, Correctional Facility 065 - 924 - 9283 - 004
Location County
California State Prison Corcoran KINGS
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
03/08/2013 None Specified
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Mental Health Program, MDO
P. O. Box 4038
Sacramento 95812-4038
Julia Rodden
(916) 691-0346

Special Requirements:
Licensed in California

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