Mental Health Clinician 1/2 (PCN 20-8718)

SOA Department Of Corrections



Mental Health Clinician 1/2 (PCN 20-8718)


$2,295.00 - $2,931.75 Biweekly


Eagle River, AK

Job Type

Full Time

Job Number





Inmate Health Care

Opening Date


Closing Date

5/21/2024 5:00 PM Alaska


Health and Rehabilitation Services

Position Open To

All Applicants

Bargaining Unit

General Government




Job Description


***The Department of Corrections is currently offering a hire incentive bonus of up to $15,000.00 to newly hired Mental Health Clinicians 1, Mental Health Clinicians 2. The incentive bonus will be paid in two equal installments, minus mandatory deductions. The first installment will be paid 90 calendar days after the first day of employment, and upon demonstrating an overall mid-acceptable performance rating.  The second and final installment will be paid upon the employee's successful completion of the probationary period. Payments will be due within sixty (60) calendar days of such request.  To receive an incentive, employees are expected to agree to a three-year term of employment with the Department of Corrections.***  




The Department of Corrections, Division of Health & Rehabilitation Services, is recruiting for a Mental Health Clinician 1/2 to join the team at the Highland Mountain Correctional Complex, located in Eagle River, Alaska. 

Watch Alaska DOC HARS video here:

What you will be doing:
Under the supervision of the Mental Health Clinician 3, this position will:

  • Develop, implement, and maintain treatment plans for inmates assigned to caseload.
  • Respond to referrals from staff and make appropriate recommendations, including conducting mental status examinations, clinical interviews, suicide assessments and risk assessments.
  • Prepare, schedule, and facilitate psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic groups for inmates in open population.
  • Prepare and facilitate release plans, connecting inmates to any needed community resources prior to release. 


Our organization, mission and culture:

The HARS Mission Statement:  To provide timely access to essential care through an evidence-based multidisciplinary approach. We are committed to a culture of professionalism, quality, and safety.
We seek applicants who are interested in furthering the HARS Mission and who will strive to uphold the Division's Core Values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Teamwork, Safety and Growth. The successful applicant will have the ability to serve this population and be a part of a strong team by modeling exceptional clinical and professional skills utilizing evidenced based practices.

The benefits of joining our team:

Join a multidisciplinary team of professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care to Alaska’s incarcerated population. The Department of Corrections is the state’s largest behavioral health provider, we offer unique professional development opportunities, while helping to build stronger communities.

Full time employment with the State of Alaska includes competitive benefits such as: medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 11 paid holidays, monthly personal leave accrual, 2 retirement plans and other optional benefits. 


For other information regarding these benefits, please visit the Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits website: 

The working environment you can expect:
This position is located at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, a secure facility for incarcerated female offenders. This position will work closely with a team of correctional officers, mental health clinicians and medical staff. This position is required to work 37.5 hours a week.

Who we are looking for:
We are looking for an employee with the following desired strengths:

  • Master's degree from an accredited university in counseling, psychology, social work or closely related field.
  • Experience working with chronically mentally ill adults.
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with medical and security staff.
  • Ability to motivate and work well with difficult, treatment-resistant clients.


Minimum Qualifications


Mental Health Clinician 1:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in counseling, psychology, social work, child guidance, vocational rehabilitation, or a closely related field. 

Mental Health Clinician 2:

Master’s degree from an accredited college in counseling, psychology, social work, child guidance, vocational rehabilitation, or a closely related field.


Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities in 

  • Analysis and Assessment: Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, maintaining, and disseminating data and information.
  • Decision Making: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
  • Psychology: Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories of human behavior and performance in various contexts, mental processes, or the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental ailments, and career guidance.

equivalent to those typically gained by:

Professional experience performing psychotherapeutic casework. 

“Professional experience” means work that is creative, analytical, evaluative, and interpretive; requires a range and depth of specialized knowledge of the profession's principles, concepts, theories, and practices; and is performed with the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment.

 "Training" and "education" in this guidance are synonyms for the process of acquiring knowledge and skills through instruction. It includes instruction through formal and informal methods (such as classroom, on-line, self-study, and on-the-job), from accredited and unaccredited sources, and long-duration (such as a post-secondary degree) and short-duration (such as a seminar) programs.

 "Typically gained by" means the prevalent, usual method of gaining the competencies expected for entry into the job.

 Special Note:

Some positions require the incumbent be licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Professional Counselor, or a Psychologist with a Doctorate in Psychology. This requirement will be addressed in the job posting.


Additional Required Information

Applicants are required to either attach the following to their application or provide at time of interview: 

  • Current resume.   
  • List of three references including current supervisor and contact information.
  • Transcripts of your highest level of education.

This position is flexibly staffed. The level of the job offer will be based on the selected candidate’s eligibility. If hired at the lower level, you will be promoted to the higher-level job class after completing the training plan and meeting the minimum qualifications. 

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview, at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Education completed in foreign colleges, universities, or high schools may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution or high school.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience in your Applicant Profile, you must also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment and whether full or part-time. Applicant Profiles will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and Minimum Qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

The Department of Corrections follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:

  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above.

Please be aware – this position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN)/Alaska Corrections Offender Management System (ACOMS).  A security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is necessary to use APSIN/ACOMS.  DPS will deny security clearance for any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in this state or another jurisdiction, or who may be a fugitive from justice.  Additionally, security clearance will be withdrawn if DPS discovers that material information was falsified or omitted at the time of the initial application for security clearance.

All Department of Corrections employees are required to be fingerprinted. The successful candidate must pass a criminal history check.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at the address above. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

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Contact Information

Lisa Guzman
Chief Mental Health Officer


State of Alaska


PO Box 110201

Juneau, Alaska, 99811


(800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)
(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)


Eagle, AK

10 day(s) ago

Closing Date 2024-05-21