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Job Summary

Youth Services International
Milton, FL 32583
Job Type
Full Time
Years of Experience
2+ to 5 Years
Education Level
Master's Degree

Licensed Clinical Director

About the Job

Job Responsibilities:

·         Assists in developing and revising facility operation policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Department of Juvenile Justice QA Standards, state licensing requirements.  Serves as the Designated Mental Health Authority.

·         Oversees and monitors operation of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse services department.

·         Interviews/recommends departmental staff for hire, trains, evaluates, disciplines and recommends for termination, monitors work performance and completes performance evaluations.

·         Provides direct supervision of treatment services staff, and acts as liaison between treatment services staff and the Facility Administrator and other departments within the facility.  Provides at least one (1) hour weekly of clinical supervision either individually or in a group setting to all non licensed clinical staff (Therapists & Substance Abuse counselors) employed at the facility.

·         Works with professional personnel within and without the facility, providing direction, support and cooperation in the provision of treatment services to youth committed to a juvenile justice facility.

·         Selects and administers test instruments designed to assess intellectual functioning, diagnostic concerns, personality, traits aptitudes and achievement levels; reviews multidisciplinary commitment package documentation, background information, and historical data; and develops diagnostic formulations in order to determine the mental health and substance abuse needs of the youth, and to determine appropriate classifications, redirection and habilitation goals, and objectives.

·         Discusses implications of test results, interpretations and recommendations with staff.

·         Provides direction for development, implementation and oversight of all treatment services.

·         Monitors all documentation including Mental Health treatment plans, treatment plan reviews, biopsychosocial assessments, required demographic reports and discharge documentation.

·         Reviews and signs off on; Clinical psychosocial assessments of youth when prepared by a non-licensed therapist; Individualized mental health / substance abuse treatment plans.

·         Ensures that mandated deadlines for mental health/substance abuse services and supporting documentation are met.

·         Ensures that youth intakes and discharges are coordinated appropriately and intake and discharge documentation is completed correctly.

·         Coordinates activities with staff, community service agencies/providers, Department/probation/aftercare/reentry personnel, families, home communities, etc., as needed in reference to youth treatment needs and performance in attaining contracted goals and objectives.

·         Serves as a liaison with the Department of Juvenile Justice and the District DCF Program Office, when necessary

·         Submits required reports in a timely manner.

·         Attends training and meetings as assigned and scheduled.

·         Acts as resource leader and trainer for other staff members in areas relating to counseling and treatment issues; trains direct care staff in their role as paraprofessional advisor.

·         Acts as resource leader and provides oversight to the group therapy component of the counseling program; assists therapists in the provision of treatment services, as required.

·         Participates in weekly treatment team meetings and staffings.

·         Coordinates and chairs weekly departmental meetings for clinical services staff.

·         Assists in coordinating psychotherapeutic interventions and prescriptions being administered to program youth.

·         Plans, develops, implements, and administers mental health and substance abuse treatment programming which meet a diverse range of youth problems.

·         Works with the facility’s mental health/substance abuse staff, physician consultants, case managers and support staff to ensure that the mental health and substance abuse programming is fully understood and integrated within the facility and that all staff members support a facility-wide emphasis on prevention and treatment.

·         Assists in ensuring that Treatment Teams are appropriately attended.

·         Provides face-to-face intake assessments and diagnostic formulation for youth admitted to the facility for the purpose of mental health and substance abuse treatment plan development.

·         May provide direct services to youth as necessary.

·         When necessary, coordinates communication between internal and external treatment providers and programs.

·         Arranges an Emergency On-Call schedule in order to ensure 24 hour mental health and substance abuse service coverage twenty-four hours each day.  (MHOS is already 7 days per week)

·         Adheres to code of ethics and ensures compliance with all Departmental rules and regulations, applicable Florida Statutes and, administrative code and licensing requirements established by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Mental Health Counselors, Clinical Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists

·         Ensures that mental health and substance abuse service invoicing is substantiated by documentation and complies with all Department and State documentation comply.

·         Performs other duties as assigned.


Standards of Performance:

The Clinical Director’s performance will be rated based upon:

·       Job Knowledge/Skills

·       Productivity

·       Dependability

·       Interpersonal Relationships

·       Initiative

·       Time Management

·       Problem Solving/Decision Making            

·       Self Development


Horizontal and Outside Relationships:

·       All Facility Staff

·       Youth

·       Families of Youth

·       External Service Providers

·       Department of Juvenile Justice

·       Human Services Resources


Education and Experience



PhD or Master Degree in clinical psychology preferred.  Master degree in psychology, counseling, correctional services counseling, or related field required.  Must be fully licensed as a mental health professional in the state in which the facility is located.



Three years’ practice in the field and one year experience in a supervisory role.  Previous experience in a residential school or treatment facility serving youth desirable.



Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.  Knowledge of community resources and the juvenile justice system required.  An understanding of delinquent youth.  Demonstrated ability to provide for staff development needs.  Expertise in crisis intervention; diagnosis and assessment; counseling techniques necessary for use within an intentional therapeutic community under case management.  Ability to read, comprehends, interpret, communicate and execute instructions fluently in English.



In order to perform the essential job functions of this position, candidate must be able to write and compose comprehensive, analytical and descriptive reports; use established problem solving and therapeutic techniques to implement programmatic activities; verbally direct individuals and groups; observe, analyze and remedy dysfunctional youth behavioral patterns; successfully complete mandated training courses; smell and see smoke, smell gas and hear the fire alarm to ensure the safety of youth and staff in the secured facility.



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