Mental Health Clinician 3 (PCN 20-8679)

SOA Department Of Corrections


Mental Health Clinician 3 (PCN 20-8679)


$3,152.80 - $3,492.00 Biweekly


Palmer, AK

Job Type

Full Time

Job Number





Inmate Health Care

Opening Date


Closing Date

5/23/2024 5:00 PM Alaska


Health and Rehabilitation Services

Position Open To

All Applicants

Bargaining Unit





Job Description


***The Department of Corrections is currently offering a hire incentive bonus of up to $15,000.00 to newly hired Mental Health Clinician 3. 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 3 position located in Palmer, Alaska.  


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What you will be doing:
Under the supervision of the Deputy Chief Mental Health Officer, this position will:

  • Coordinate mental health services for inmates housed at Palmer Correctional Center and Mat-Su Pretrial facility.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain treatment plans for inmates assigned to caseload.
  • Conduct diagnostic screenings and risk assessments of referred inmates through the evaluation of existing history, prior psychological testing, clinical observations, and direct interviews.
  • Provide clinical and administrative supervision to the location’s mental health staff, including appointments, evaluations, and training.

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 Palmer Correctional Center, a secure facility for incarcerated male offenders. This position also oversees the mental health programming needs at the Mat-Su Pretrial facility and you will be expected to have on-site presence at each location, as needed, to address and respond to the mental health needs of each facility. This position will work closely with a team of correctional officers, mental health clinicians and medical staff.

This position typically works Monday through Friday for a total of 40 hours a week, with some variety depending on critical circumstances that may arise.

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.
  • Experience supervising staff and oversight of clinical programming.
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with medical and security staff.
  • Ability to motivate and work well with difficult, treatment-resistant clients.


Minimum Qualifications


Doctoral degree OR 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 

  • Accountability: Accepts responsibility for own actions and decisions and demonstrates commitment to accomplish work in an ethical, efficient, and cost-effective manner.
  • Developing Others: Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
  • Managing Human Resources: Plans, distributes, coordinates, and monitors work assignments of others; evaluates work performance and provides feedback to others on their performance; ensures that staff are appropriately selected, utilized, and developed, and that they are treated in a fair and equitable manner.
  • 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:

Progressively responsible professional experience performing psychotherapeutic casework.


“Progressively responsible” means indicating growth and/or advancement in complexity, difficulty, or level of responsibility.


“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 or a Licensed Professional Counselor. This requirement will be addressed in the job posting.


Additional Required Information

If selected for an interview, the applicant must provide the following:  

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

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.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education and Training section of the Applicant Profile. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of credit hours earned in the Degrees Obtained field. Copies of transcripts will be required at the time of interview.

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 not already documented in your Applicant Profile, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applicant Profiles and Job Qualification Summaries 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.

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.

Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.    

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 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)


Palmer, AK

8 day(s) ago

Tribal Affiliation(s)
Any Affiliation

Closing Date 2024-05-23