Therapist / Medication Clinic Coordinator

Alexandria, VA
$52,326.04 - $70,092.62 Annually
Dec 01, 2021
Dec 15, 2021
Full Time
Therapist / Medication Clinic Coordinator

The Behavioral Health Team at the Alexandria Detention Center is looking for a person with excellent organizational and clinical skills to manage the Medication Clinic and provide group and individual mental health and substance use services in a jail setting. Coordination of the Medication Clinic involves daily management of a 20-hour psychiatry schedule and tracking of medications to ensure continuity of care. This position also provides the opportunity to gain extensive clinical experience providing risk assessment, crisis intervention, as well as individual and group therapy while working within an experienced, dedicated, and diverse behavioral health team.

The City of Alexandria offers more than a place to work; we are a dynamic, award winning, multicultural City with an ambitious blueprint to lead us into the next century. In City government, our MISSION defines what we do for our community, our VISION is where we are headed as an organization, and our VALUES guide our actions and decisions.

The Opportunity

The Therapist/Medication Clinic Coordinator is responsible to prioritizing and scheduling psychiatric services for incarcerated clients who are referred from therapists in the behavioral health team. This position works closely with the jail medical contractor and outside pharmacy providers to coordinate care and ensure that medication orders remain uninterrupted.

The position also involves providing direct care including risk assessment/crisis intervention; intake assessments; individual and group therapy; and case management services to incarcerated clients with a range of psychiatric and substance use disorders. The clinical work will mainly be focused within the Men’s Sober Living Unit when pandemic conditions allow for the re-opening of the program but will initially be focused in other areas of the jail. The Sober Living Unit is a 90-day substance use disorder treatment program housed within the jail which has been in operation for over 30 years.

Responsibilities include:
  • Facilitates the Psychotropic Medication clinic, including scheduling clients and ordering medications;
  • Provides substance use counseling (individual and group), education/prevention presentations;
  • Conducts intake evaluation interviews under supervision of clinical supervisor;
  • Prepares and maintains consumer records in accordance with Medicaid and State licensure requirements;
  • Refers inmates to appropriate services and agencies, and coordinates program services with involved medical/psychiatric personnel, classification and security staff, probation/parole officers and/or other service providers;
  • Develops and maintains individualized service plans and treatment goals with inmates and assists with release planning;
  • Prepares a variety of written reports;
  • Consults with other professionals and collaterals regarding inmates’ needs;
  • Attends periodic staff meetings to discuss procedural and administrative developments as well as difficult or unusual cases;
  • Attends applicable training sessions, conferences, and workshops provided by the department, other agencies, and organizations;
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate should have a good knowledge of the theories and principles of psychology; good knowledge and understanding of substance use and available treatment and prevention methods; Strong knowledge of group dynamics; good knowledge of commonly practiced approaches to counseling; good knowledge of psychopharmacology as it relates to the properties, actions, and health effects of illicit drugs, and commonly prescribed anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and anti-psychotic medications; good knowledge of available City medical, mental health, legal, social and supplemental services available through other community agencies and organizations; ability to work effectively with clients having alcohol/substance use, emotional, behavioral, or other related problems; ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in psychology, social services, public health, guidance, or a related field; three years of experience in the provision of mental health and/or substance use treatment services, including some experience at the level of Caseworker; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Employees must possess a valid driver's license issued by the State of their residence.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology. At least one year of conducting group and individual interventions for substance users in Spanish and English. Certified Substance Use Counselor (CSAC) credential; Excellent administrative and organizational skills.


About the Department

The Department of Community and Human Services provides effective and essential safety net services that measurably improve or maintain the quality of life for Alexandrians.

Additionally, the programs overseen by the Alexandria Community Services Board provide compassionate and effective services that support self-determination, recovery and resiliency for Alexandria residents affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders.

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The City of Alexandria is committed to providing equal opportunity in all areas of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, demotion, promotion, transfer, selection, lay-off, disciplinary action, termination, compensation and selection for training. The City of Alexandria will not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran/military service status, familial status, or membership on a local human rights commission, or lawful participation in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Patient Registry, or any other legally-protected classification.

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