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Behavioral Counselor Job

Job Number: 76313774211

Location: New Castle, IN

Date Posted: 7-6-2017


Wexford of Indiana LLC is a member of the Wexford family of companies: a group of the nation's leading innovative correctional health care companies.  Wexford provides clients with experienced management; technologically advanced services; and programs that control costs while ensuring quality of care. For more than two decades, the Wexford companies have consistently delivered proven staffing expertise and a full range of medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, utilization management, provider contracting, claims processing, and quality management services.

At Wexford of Indiana LLC, our philosophy is that health care should not be considered a luxury for anyone. We simply care for those in need and the corrections environment is our venue.


Exceptional opportunity with Corrections

Behavioral Health Specialist

New Castle Correctional Facility

New Castle, IN


This is a medium security prison that can house approximately 3200 adult male inmates.  Offenders are held in both dormitory, and celled settings.  The facility is divided into multiple units, a general population and annex, a segregation unit, an infirmary unit, a minimum housing unit, and a mental health unit.  

Vocational programs at this facility include computer courses, building maintenance, barbering, horticulture courses, and culinary arts classes.

Inmates can also receive treatment for substance abuse, take parenting courses, receive sex offender treatment and participate in re-entry programs.  Adult basic education courses and the ability to earn a GED.



The Behavioral Health Specialist is a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team and provides clinically appropriate services under the clinical direction of a Psychologist. The Mental Health Professional will provide mental health screenings and assessments, clinical watches, treatment groups and individual sessions, as well as other clinically related activities.



  1. Participates in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings. 
  2. Assists as needed in discharge planning and referral process to appropriate resources when inmates are close to discharge.
  3. Quickly responds to and assess inmates in need of crisis intervention. Completes mental health crisis assessments in various inmate housing units.
  4. Consults with the multidisciplinary team on all crisis intervention cases for possible transfers to alternate levels of care.
  5. Provides group counseling as clinically appropriate, and agreed upon by the treatment team.
  6. Initiates, completes and maintains all of the treatment plans, including group therapy portions of treatment plans. Attends weekly staff meetings and follows all team/unit protocol.
  7. Completes bio-psychosocial assessments and other mental health reports and summaries as required.
  8. Participates in mandatory training activities as well as orientation of new staff.
  9. Adheres to universal precautions and other appropriate infection control practices.
  10. Adheres to regulations of medical chart 'sign outs' and returns all charts to Medical Records daily or via site specific Medical Records protocol.                                             
  11. Provides documentation in accordance with unit policies, procedures, and IDOC policies when recommended and/or indicated.
  12. Contributes to unit development and implementation of written and/or verbally directed clinical procedures.
  13. Participates in mandatory as well as elective educational activities as well as orientation of new staff, and inmate orientation.
  14. Adheres to universal precautions and other appropriate infection control practices.
  15. Adheres to safety and security policies, and participates in disaster drills.
  16. Follows security regulations and policies, with consideration of clinical factors.
  17. Completes case management responsibilities as required.
  18. Appropriately recommends/offers input to multi-disciplinary team for transfers to alternate levels of care, and/or grade changes when requested.
  19. Participates in all mental health watches and log entries as directed.

The duties and responsibilities outlined herein are for payroll purposes only; employees may be assigned other duties as required.



Standard medical setting in a correctional facility, which includes daily interfacing with inmates, correctional staff, and health care personnel.

Temperature extremes may be encountered while moving throughout the facility outdoors and indoors in buildings without air conditioning.

Travel - Minimal



Licensed or license-eligible in the State of Indiana





Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Counseling, or other related mental health field required. Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or Counseling preferred.


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