King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on May 23, 2023
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$227,094.40 - $287,872.00 Annually


King County Correctional Facility - Downtown Seattle and Maleng Regional Justice Center - Kent, WA

Job Type

Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Job Number



DPH - Public Health


Jail Health Services

Opening Date




Bargaining Unit

Z3 : KC Personnel Guidelines


Jail Health Services, a division of Public Health Seattle & King County , is recruiting for two Psychiatrists to join our team! The Jail Health Services Psychiatric Services Team is comprised of Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, and Psychiatric Evaluation Specialists who work collaboratively with all other Jail Health Services staff across the practice to provide mental health services to patients.

Psychiatrists in Jail Health Services provide 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.

We recognize that structural racism consists of principles and practices that cause and justify an inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across racial groups. Since declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis in June 2020, King County committed to being intentionally anti-racist and accountable to Black, Brown, and Indigenous People of Color.

We are committed to recruiting diverse people, create programs, measures, and systems accountability to make sure that BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and people holding other marginalized identities feel that they belong and have opportunity to succeed. We are committed to developing a systematic approach to assessing and monitoring institutional change, ensuring implicit bias and its consequences are understood and that people of diverse backgrounds are welcome and respected.

About Jail Health Services:

JHS provides needed health and social services to the incarcerated population located in the King County jails - King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) in Seattle, WA and Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) in Kent, WA. The primary services we provide include medical, dental, mental health, social and release planning services, treatment of substance use disorders, and pharmaceutical services. We care about the patients we serve and their health outcomes. Our Division includes over 230 employees and a bi-annual budget of over $80 million.

The purpose of JHS is to assure that high-quality health and human services are available to the incarcerated population in the King County adult correctional facilities: the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) in Kent. The JHS vision is Opening doors to healthier, happier lives, and the mission is to assess and stabilize serious health problems for the detained population of the King County Correctional Facility and the Maleng Regional Justice Center with a focus on transition from jail.

Staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, JHS provides a broad range of health care to all individuals booked into the jails. For patients with serious mental health or medical conditions, special housing units (psychiatric and infirmary) along with a higher level of services and medical monitoring are provided. Since the patient population varies both in numbers as well as in acuity of health conditions, staffing is adapted and flexed to meet the constantly changing needs of the population.

JHS staff manage the complex health needs of underserved populations many of whom come to the facility without access to care in the community and with decompensated acute and chronic health conditions.

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice:

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all - in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan .

Who May Apply
Open to all qualified applicants.

Work Schedule : The workdays and hours may vary to meet team coverage needs. The schedule will include weekday day and evening shifts as well as weekend and holiday day shifts.
Work Location: The primary work locations are at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle and Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Job Duties
  • Performance of a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, that includes the patient's current psychiatric problem(s), history psychiatric care, psychiatric review of systems, a mental status exam, diagnosis, prescription of medications and other treatments, client education and referrals for other services.
  • Obtain health history through client/caregiver interview and chart review. Assess presenting illness and risk factors, family health history, review of systems, psychosocial/developmental histories, and cultural information.
  • Recognize common medical conditions and complaints to identify and separate from psychiatric diagnoses.
  • Perform appropriate physical examination and assessment.
  • Order or perform appropriate diagnostic and screening tests and collect additional data for evaluation of illness/wellness.
  • Develop differential diagnosis and risk identification through assessment and interpretation of data.
  • Complete documentation in the electronic health record in a timely manner.
  • Respond to medical or psychiatric emergencies as part of the Jail healthcare team.
  • Perform assessment and treatment of psychiatric emergencies, such as acute alcohol withdrawal, delirium, and catatonia.
  • Conduct individual and/or group therapy sessions in accordance with generally accepted principles of the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Assist with the civil commitment process for patients who meet the criteria.
  • Participate in the preparation of documents necessary for the transfer of a client to outside agencies, such as Designated County Responders, or a transfer to an outside medical facility.
  • Participate in the involuntary the antipsychotic hearing process, including report preparation, presentation to the hearing committee, prescribing involuntary antipsychotics, and/or the appeal review role.
  • Participate in Continuing Education, guidelines development, staff development, committee meetings.
  • Develop and implement individualized mental health treatment plans, ensure coordination of services, oversight of referrals.
  • Review and implement clinical practices and psychiatric treatment guidelines for compliance with governing standards.
  • Communicate care through electronic charting and verbal interactions with your client and health care team (interdisciplinary health team, students and interagency services) providing them with leadership and direction; consult, educate, orient and train as needed. Act as consultant to health care team, other staff and the community.
  • Ensure quality of professional practice by practicing within professional, legal and ethical standards. Participate in; Quality Improvement (QI)/Quality Assurance (QA) activities as requested. Provide psychiatric services as an independent psychiatric health care provider based on Public Health-Seattle & King County clinical practice guidelines, CDC guidelines, mental health standards as well as the current community standards.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Washington State medical (MD/Psychiatry) license in good standing.
  • Board certified or board eligible.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration must be obtained prior to credentialing.
  • Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire. CPR/AED Heart saver courses do not meet this requirement.
  • Knowledge of alcohol and drug addiction and withdrawals.
  • Skill in prescribing psychiatric medications.
  • Experience providing care to diverse socio-economic populations.
  • Advanced knowledge of human systems, including wellness/illness, growth and development, basic nutrition, behavioral, psycho-social and family systems; anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology; pharmacology and therapeutics and alternative treatment modalities, diagnostic testing and interpretation of results, diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making.
  • Knowledge of health promotion, risk assessment and education techniques and principles.
  • Thorough knowledge of health care system structure and function; community, professional and educational resources.
  • Demonstrated ability in mental health assessment, communication (oral, written and use of information management systems and health care technology), medical records documentation, writing orders, time management, problem solving, crisis intervention, interviewing, analytical and critical thinking, leadership and case management.
  • Demonstrated ability to consult, investigate, facilitate and present effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability in initiating appropriate emergency response.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with diverse cultural and socio-economic populations providing therapeutic client interventions and group dynamics.
  • Skill in testifying clearly and concisely at public hearings, courts of law, and at inquests in a professional, neutral, and convincing manner.
  • Ability to make expert diagnoses, interpretations and recommendations on a consultative basis.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Proficiency in a language other than English, particularly Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, African Languages, or Chinese Languages.
  • Experience working in correctional facilities and/or inpatient psychiatric hospitals.
Supplemental Information

Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North" , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.
Application process
Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  2. Supplemental questionnaire responses
  3. Resume/CV
  4. Cover Letter
Please do not use "see resume" in your application or answers to supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.

Please do not copy and paste your entire resume, or copy and paste your entire job history, as your answers to the supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.

You may attach multiple documents if you wish:
  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the standard information in the application. Providing information only in a resume will not be considered a complete application.

Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.

The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. In the event the job classification requires an exam; an offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam and must maintain security clearance.

This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to

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.
Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.

Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.

Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.

Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.

If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.

Applicants from this job posting may be used to fill temporary or other positions in this classification for a period of up to a 6 months.

Additional Information
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.
  • Convicted of 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; or,
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have 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.

Union affiliation

For more information about the application process please contact Alexis Owens at .

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
  • 12paid 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.