Here at Wellpath, everything that we do is about taking care of people – our patients, our staff and our partners. We are committed to making a difference by providing hope and healing to vulnerable patients in challenging clinical environments. Our talented, compassionate team thrives in an autonomous environment, is empowered and supported by education, training and the resources to practice healthcare the way it is meant to be and strives to “Always Do The Right Thing!”
About this role
Under the direction of the Health Services Administrator (HSA), JBCT Program Director (PD), or higher licensed health professional,the Jail Based Competency Treatment (JBCT) Psychologist is a licensed Psychologist in the State of California who is responsible for the assessment of mentally-ill and Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) patients in the JBCT program. The Psychologist will utilize standardized testing tools to regularly assess for competency, opine on restoration, and produce timely reports to the court. Compliance with the Department of State Hospital (DSH) and Wellpath Policy & Procedure (P&P) Manual is mandatory.
"The Jail Based Competency Treatment (JBCT) programs are a special collaboration between Sheriff's Offices, the CA Department of State Hospitals (DSH), and Wellpath. The purpose of the program is to offer competency restoration treatment to patients who are Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST), so that they can proceed in their court case, and move on with their lives. However, the DSH has historically long wait times and bed shortages for this treatment, resulting in longer than reasonable wait times for patients to begin treatment. Therefore, the DSH, local Sheriff's Offices, and Wellpath have partnered to deliver the program in the jails to reduce the wait times for patients to begin treatment. The JBCT programs are a "mini psychiatric state hospital" embedded within the jail, and patients receive treatment in a more timely manner than if they had to wait for a bed in the hospital. The JBCT Program treatment includes all the same things as in the DSH facilities: daily competency training groups, daily psychoeducational groups, weekly individual meetings for clinical support and educational tutoring, medication management, psychological assessment, social milieu time, incentives, and much more! Wellpath is proud of its JBCT programs, and believes that the JBCT programs embody Wellpath's mission: To Hope and Healing."
What you bring to the table
Education associated with licensure as a Psychologist in CA
One+ year experience post licensure (PhD or PsyD)
Knowledge of 1370/IST patients and treatment
Experience with applicable psychological testing measures for Competency assessment, malingering, cognitive impairment, etc.
Current (and must maintain) lifesaving BLS certification through AHA
Must obtain and maintain security clearance throughout the course of employment.
What you will do
Strict adherence to Department of State Hospital (DSH) and company Policy & Procedure (P&P) Manual as it relates to the duties of the Psychologist.
Use approved psychological testing measures (eg: R-CAI, ECST-R, MacCAT-CA, etc.) to assess and re-assess patients every 30 days; comply with the reporting statutes for the court.
Assessment of cognitive impairment as needed, and administer corresponding psychological tests approved by DSH (eg: MoCA, MMSE, etc.) to determine cognitive functioning and ability to learn and be successful with JBCT.
If malingering is suspected, administer proper and approved tests (eg: M-FAST, TOMI, etc.) to determine treatment course.
Keen awareness of and adherence to timely submission of court reports per the reporting statutes is required.
Strict adherence to DSH and company P&P, as it relates to all psychologist duties and functions.
Participate in weekly Treatment Team meetings, and provide clinical support and/or guidance, as needed.
Appropriate documentation and charting of interactions with patients in health record, when outside formal assessment parameters.
Establish a weekly “Doctor’s Group” within the milieu, as needed.
Participate in any coordination of IMO/ALJ processes.
Work cooperatively with the Sheriff’s Office team and foster supportive relationships between staff and Sheriff’s Deputies/Officers.
Document all findings in inmate's record providing written summaries of history and treatment course or other documentation requirements as outlined by Wellpath and Facility, as needed.
May assist in the job shadow portion of the interview process of potential staff.
May assist in orientation and training of new employees.
Demonstrated ability to work on a computer including but not limited to: using the Internet, Microsoft Office products and Electronic Medical Record system
Ability to touch type on a keyboard, operate basic office equipment including but not limited to using mouse and/or stylus to do electronic health documentation records
Excellent communication skills
Excellent knowledge of emergency care methods and procedures
In-depth knowledge of health and safety guidelines and procedures and willingness to follow them at all times
Demonstrates knowledge of universal precautions and the blood borne pathogen rules
Identifies problems in a timely manner and skillfully gathers and analyzes information then practically and creatively resolves problems.
Maintains a professional attitude while communicating and speaking with colleagues, patients and clients at all times, maintains confidentiality, remains open to others’ ideas, and exhibits willingness to try new things.
Speaks effectively and professionally, speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations and demonstrates group presentation skills.
Develops professionally written communications, edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively, and can read and interpret written information.
Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, and develops realistic action plans.
Demonstrates accuracy thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality.
Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands, and can deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Follows through with commitments, is consistently at work and on time, can be counted on by others, is continuously productive, follows instructions, responds to management direction, and solicits feedback to improve performance.
Promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures, uses equipment and materials properly and takes necessary action to report incidences.
Compliant with job applicable license(s) and/or certification(s), attends staff meetings and all required monthly, quarterly and annual trainings.
Must pass background investigation conducted by the Company and/or Facility as a requisite for initial and or continued employment.
May be required to undergo reasonable suspicion testing for being under the influence of controlled substances, including prescription, legal, and illegal substances, including marijuana.
Must undergo security training and orientation on Facility Safety Policies and Procedures.
Must follow county facility policies and procedures.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer