Mental Health Director

  • State of Nevada
  • Carson City, Nevada
  • Jun 05, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Human and Social Services Public Health

Job Description

Announcement Number: 783976620

State of Nevada
Department of Corrections


Mental Health Director
Nevada Department of Corrections Programs Division

Recruitment Open To:
This is an open competitive recruitment, open to all qualified applicants. This is a full-time unclassified
position that is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Medical Director for the Nevada
Department of Corrections (NDOC).
Position Location: Carson City, Nevada

Approximate Annual Salary:
Up to $117, 453 (Salary range reflects retirement (PERS) contributions by both the employee
and employer. An employer paid contribution plan is also available with a reduced gross
salary). Salary reflects retirement (PERS) contributions by both the employee and employer.
An Employer paid contribution plan is available at the election of the employee and results in a
reduced gross salary. The State benefits package includes a retirement system, paid health,
vision, dental, life and disability insurance; 11 paid holidays, and paid sick and annual leave.
An explanation of the retirement options and information regarding state retirement benefits
may be accessed at A description of the current health benefits available to
all employees may be accessed at Other employee paid benefits such
as deferred compensation plans are available.

The Position Responsibilities and Requirements:
The Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) is seeking qualified applicants for the position
of Mental Health Director for the Programs Division. The mission of the NDOC is to improve
public safety by ensuring a safe and humane environment that incorporates proven
rehabilitation initiatives that prepare individuals for successful reintegration into our
communities. Under the general direction of the Medical Director, this position is responsible
for directing the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive
mental health program that conforms to federal and state law. The position provides
leadership and oversight for mental health and substance abuse.

Steve Sisolak

James Dzurenda

Christina Leathers
Chief of Human

Northern Administration
5500 Snyder Ave.
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 887-3285

Southern Administration
3955 W. Russell Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 486-9906

The Director of Mental Health will be responsible for:
• Developing operational guidelines, regulations, policies and procedures to include the
level of care; definitional structures; standardizing of intake and assessment forms;
activities related to those medication non-compliant and ensuring the least evasive
medication management strategies for the inmate to function; time frames for follow up;
• Ensuring a standardized approach to medication panels; treatment plans; use of the
DSM 5 Diagnosis Codes; individual case management and treatment plans through the
development of standardized policies and procedures to provide inmates with the most
appropriate level of care in the least restrictive correctional environment;
• Development of a comprehensive treatment team to consist of Qualified Health
Professional (QHP); Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP); Case worker, Unit
Manager and a correctional officer;
• Identification of mental health position changes that will be required based on these
reforms. NDOC anticipates a shift of positions from mental health and correctional
officers to the NNCC;
• Identification of step down resources for mental health services at both Warm Springs
Correctional Center (WSCC) and High Desert Correctional Center (HDSP) for those
inmates that have been stabilized and can function in a lower level of care unit;
• Train and direct clinical staff to provide crisis intervention by applying appropriate
psychotherapeutic techniques and principles in order to relieve the immediate problem;
de-escalate inmates who may be hostile, aggressive, combative or assaultive; follow
established protocol in order to protect inmates, staff, and others who may be at risk;
form a crisis debriefing team of mental health and security professionals and debrief
staff involved in emergency situations to alleviate emotional concerns;
• Consulting with and training clinical and custody staff regarding current policies and
procedures to comply with statutory and ethical requirements and current scientific
developments in areas relevant to agency services;
• Participating in planning, developing and coordinating program services to meet the
needs of the inmate population served; participate in committees and facility activities in
developing service delivery needs assessments and evaluations, policies and
procedures; and participate in quality review programs. In a correctional setting,
participate on the Interdisciplinary Team to deliver services to inmates within their units;
• Training and directing subordinate clinical staff to document treatment activities in
regular written evaluations and on charts to comply with legal requirements and
maintain adequate records; prepare information and documentation necessary for billing
and recommend third party payments as appropriate;
• Directing subordinate clinical staff to provide psychological services to clients or inmates
in a correctional, rehabilitative, clinic or institutional setting including psychological
testing, assessments, treatment planning and implementation, psychotherapy,
consultation, psycho-educational classes, research and training;
• Directing subordinate clinical staff to perform psychological evaluations; select and
administer appropriate psychological tests; interpret results; and interview individuals to
determine treatment, programming or placement needs and when necessary for high
profile cases personally perform these evaluations;
• Training and directing staff to make specific treatment recommendations; interpret and
integrate test data with interview findings and behavioral observations; discuss results
with inmates or appropriate individuals such as parent or guardians; prepare written
reports on inmates tested which include clinical impressions and diagnostic
• Directing the participation of members of the treatment team whether clinical of custody
staff in diagnostic staff meetings; share information and analyze treatment options;
define, provide and schedule appropriate care; and
• Training and directing clinical staff to provide psychotherapeutic services utilizing a
variety of methods such as individual and group therapy, biofeedback therapy,
relaxation training, marriage and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, and
pain management counseling to facilitate recovery and maintain an inmate in the least
restrictive environment possible.

The candidate must have strong written and verbal communication skills, including
public speaking ability, excellent organizational skills, the capacity to establish
successful interpersonal relationships and teamwork. Ideally, the successful candidate
will have demonstrated experience with public programs; public administration,
including policy development, program oversight, and human resources management.

Licenses, Certificates, Degrees, or Credentials required for POSITION:
Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree from an accredited college or
university in clinical psychology, counseling, education, social work, or closely related
field and five years of post-doctoral experience providing therapy, psychological testing
and rehabilitative programs to clients or inmates in a correctional, rehabilitative, clinic or
institutional setting, two years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity; OR a
Doctoral degree (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from an accredited school of
professional psychology and five years of experience as described above; OR current
licensure as a psychiatrist issued by the State of Nevada Board of Medical Examiners.

TO APPLY: Please submit a detailed resume and a cover letter which addresses your
qualifications for the position. Resume must include a detailed description of your
employment history, duties, number and level of staff supervised, and professional
references to:

Kenneth Goodly, Personnel Analyst 2, 3955 West Russell Road, Las Vegas,
Nevada 89118 or email at

Applications will be accepted until recruitment needs are satisfied. Qualified
individuals are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible as this
announcement may close at any time without notice.

The State of Nevada is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Closing Date/Time: Until recruitment needs are satisfied