King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on November 19, 2021
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As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

The responsibilities of this Psychiatrist position for Jail Health Services include providing primary mental health care services to psychiatric patients according to established department policies and procedures and local, state, and federal standards. The incumbent will provide psychiatric consultation, patient assessments, treatment plans, and information to patients and families for specialized health care programs within King County correctional facilities.

Please Note: Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Current Positions for Jail Health Psychiatrist:

Psychiatrist; King County Correctional Facilities, Seattle and/or Kent.  The FTE for this position is flexible and negotiable, with hours ranging from 0.5 FTE to 1.0 FTE (including a full benefits package). This Career Service and is FLSA non-exempt and therefore is eligible for overtime.

This posting will be used to fill all vacancies.

Work Schedule: The work days and hours may vary with team coverage of weekday day and evening shifts as well as weekend and holiday day shifts.

This position requires flexibility to accommodate different work schedules and work locations. Regular remote work may be required; Public Health will provide the new hires with a computer laptop, however, other tools necessary to successfully work remotely will not be provided. You will need to have sufficient equipment and an internet connection to work remotely.

Work Location: King County Correctional Facility 500 Fifth Ave., Seattle 98104 (primary) and Regional Justice Center 620 W. James St. Kent, WA, 98032.

Contact: For more information about this position please contact Mark Lacy, HR Analyst at 206.263.3610 or email

We are trying to improve our Jail Health Psychiatrist recruitment. If you have decided NOT to apply for this position. Please click on this link to tell us why.

Examples of Duties:

  • Provide psychiatric consultation and direct client care, including patient assessments, analyze patient conditions and validate documented findings for treatment plans.
  • Provide general psychiatric and psychopharmacological services to inmates; participate as a clinical on-call resource on a rotating basis.
  • Work as member of a treatment team along with Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and/or Psychiatric Evaluation Specialists to complete timely admission requirements.
  • Develop, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, clinical treatment plans for the diagnosis, treatment and referral of voluntary and involuntary patients.
  • Provide consultation to medical providers and medical staff.
  • Provide care and service to inmates in psychiatric emergencies, including life-support measures and stabilization functions; assess patient progress and make recommendations.
  • Conduct individual and/or group therapy sessions in accordance with generally accepted principles of the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Review and implement clinical practices and psychiatric treatment guidelines for compliance with governing standards.
  • Assist with civil commitment process for inmates who meet detention criteria.
  • Participate in internal and external committees to maintain appropriate standards of care within correctional facilities.
  • Provide clinical care in substance abuse and dependency treatment, particularly involving medical treatments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Washington State medical license in good standing.
  • Board certification in Psychiatry.
  • Federal Drug Enforcement certificate.
  • Working knowledge in the practice of psychiatry and mental health.
  • Working knowledge of patient recovery and resiliency.
  • Working knowledge of the procedures and techniques utilized in psychiatric medicine, in concurrence with American Psychiatric Association guidelines.
  • Skill in using current office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, database and email applications.
  • Skill in communicating effectively with team members and inmates.
  • Skill in working with diverse populations.
  • Skill in testifying clearly and concisely at public hearings, courts of law, and at inquests in a professional, neutral, and convincing manner.
  • Skill in maintaining effective working relationships with medical and corrections staff, and inmates in a correctional facility setting.
  • Ability to make expert diagnoses, interpretations and recommendations on a consultative basis.
  • Ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a correctional health setting.
  • Bilingual applicants desired.

Supplemental Information:
  • Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire.  CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools; therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.

Public Health - Jail Health Services 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
  • 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
  • Civil or administrative adjudication that the candidate has engaged in the activity described above. Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether or not to hire or promote anyone.
The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.

The person hired into this position is required to adhere to the policies of the Department of Juvenile and Adult Detention in addition to those of the Public Health Department.

Necessary Special Requirements:

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Do you possess current board certification in psychiatry?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been subject to review, challenges, and/or disciplinary action, formal or informal, by an ethics committee, licensing board, medical disciplinary board or related professional association?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have any experience working in a correctional facility?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have any experience using electronic health record systems?
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate Microsoft Office programs and other computer tools with which you are familiar with and are comfortable using.
Which of the following best describes your response to the following question: Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant and is this position the same or lower percentage of FT and do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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