Clinical Director- Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Golden, CO

Department Information

This position is open only to Colorado state residents.

About Us
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:
Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans
Medical and dental health plans
Employer supplemented Health Savings Account
Paid life insurance
Short- and long-term disability coverage
10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
BenefitHub state employee discount program
CafeWell employee wellness program
Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

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Our Culture & Environment
Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:
Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being
Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency
Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship
Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success
Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes
Committing to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow

Physical Job location:
2901 Ford Street
Golden, CO 80401

About the Division of Youth Services: The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, commitment and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates ten secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. The Division also contracts with numerous private residential and non-residential service providers throughout the State. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Senate Bill 91-94; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State.

Division of Youth Services Vision: Achieving youth success and safer Colorado communities.

Division of Youth Services Mission: It is the mission of the Division of Youth Services to protect, restore and improve public safety utilizing a continuum of care that provides effective supervision, promotes accountability to victims and communities, and helps youth lead constructive lives through positive development

Description of Job

About this work unit:
This work unit exists to provide, manage, coordinate, and evaluate a continuum of behavioral health services for youth who have been detained or committed to the Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Services. Services include, but are not limited to: Mental health & suicide risk assessments and monitoring; Psychological evaluations if credentialed; Neuropsychological screenings and evaluations if credentialed; clinical supervision and consultation with Behavioral Health Specialists, Client Managers and other interdisciplinary team members including central office BHMS staff; Individual, family, & group treatment and supervision and direct service provision for a small caseload of 2-4 youth and ongoing assessment and treatment planning; Intervention with delinquent behavior; Liaison to medical and psychiatric services; Formal supervision for BH staff; Providing trainings, coaching,and e-mail communication about various behavioral health issues as needed; Referral & coordination of executive transfers to the Colorado Mental Health Institutes and other hospitalization processes; Participation in DYS committees as needed; Participation in division-wide clinical director meetings (BHMT); Ongoing communication with client managers/parole officers regarding assessment, treatment & transition issues; while ensuring the safety and security of each youth, staff, and the community according to Colorado law.

Purpose of this position:
The purpose of this position is to act as the Clinical Director for operations at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center and oversee the behavioral health services being provided to youth who are committed to the Division of Youth Services, Department of Human Services. The goal is to provide a continuum of behavioral health services to youth, and to ensure that the services being provided are consistent, evidence-based, and high quality. Responsible for oversight, supervision, and training of the behavioral health positions/services at the facility. Provides clinical and staff with formal performance and clinical supervision. Assures compliance with court orders, Division of Youth Services audit standards, Division of Youth Services Policies and Procedures, NCCHC standards, Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center Implementing Procedures, and the Colorado Children's Code. Review of division policies and current services offered helps ensure that best practices are being met within the field. Providing consistent care and high quality of services throughout facilities helps ensure that youth's behavioral health needs are being met.

This position is designed to supervise and oversee the technical and qualitative aspects of Behavioral Health Services for the Division of Youth Services.
Provides formal and clinical supervision to Behavioral Health Professionals, and provides PMP feedback regarding job performance at the middle and end of each fiscal year.
Position will maintain a caseload of 2-4 youth to stay current with clinical intervention and in turn supervision/oversight of behavioral health staff.
Plans for and directs the professional development of the Clinical team, trains to relevant standards of policy and procedure, resolves informal staff grievances
Creates and monitors staff work schedules, participates in the progressive disciplinary process, investigates and evaluates all other personnel issues.
Reviews and tracks all review of assessment reportsfor integration into treatment planning. Reviews and tracks all clinical notes entered into the TRAILS and/or EHR database to ensure completion within an established timeframe.
Reviews clinical notes and provides supervision to clinical staff regarding treatment processes and effectiveness.
This position ensures the oversight and application of appropriate, reliable, and accurate clinical practices.
Implements the DYS Treatment Model.
Leads Lookout Mountain in partnership with other administrators in integrating trauma-responsive practices.
Plans, develops, and audits procedures to assure that the Division of Youth Services standards are met, interprets and applies standards to the workplace, apprises supervisor of issues related to the above duties.
Conduct ongoing clinical case conceptualizations through weekly clinical meetings with behavioral health staff, clinical observation of youth, communication with direct care staff regarding youth functioning, offering clinical expertise to multidisciplinary teams in determining appropriateness for youth to step down to a lower level of care.
Assessing for possible psychiatric evaluation and need for hospitalization.
Provide clinical oversight, quality assurance, onsite clinical support, and guidance for positions that provide mental health and clinical evaluations to the committed juvenile offender population within the Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Services.
Afford clinical expertise and feedback to mental health team members regarding the quality and merit of mental health evaluations, treatment plans, and SPMs.
Provide recommendations to the DYS Lead Psychologist and Neuropsychological Services Coordinator regarding psychological and neuropsychological testing needs for the youth being served at Lookout Moutain YSC.
Direct communication with the Central Office Behavioral Health and Medical Services Department to represent Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center needs and concerns.
Conduct trainings regarding Suicide Prevention; Strengths-based Interventions; Development of an Effective Therapeutic Milieu; Psychological Theories; Communication & Interviewing Skills; and Applications for Psychological and Neuropsychological assessment.
Keeps current on all legal, qualitative, and professional requirements related to the position.
Maintains all licensure and certifications required by the position.
Participates in formal and informal opportunities to improve job performance.
Participates in agency team meetings, clinical and assessment meetings, group consultation, and regional meetings as required.
Serves as clinical representative to various DYS and/or community agency/stakeholder task force committees.
Participates in the exchange of information, collaborative program advancement and recommendations aimed at improving Behavioral Health Services.
Acts as a liaison between Lookout Mountain YSC and Regional personnel. Upon request, provides information to various groups regarding the operations and function of Behavioral Health and Medical Services
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or marriage and family therapy and licensure in Colorado as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Psychologist.

Special Qualifications:
Must hold a professional Colorado license,as outlined above, to be eligible for hire.

Five years of experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position, which includes experience in program development and milieu management as part of a leadership team, or as assigned duties related to ongoing process improvements, demonstrated expertise in the use of diagnostic information to guide treatment planning, and experience in working collaboratively across disciplines in a youth residential setting

Additional appropriate experience, as outlined above, will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:
Extensive education and experience in neuropsychological/psychological theory, assessment and treatment.
Management skills required for a diverse organizational structure, and experience in change management
Extensive knowledge of the mental health system and the juvenile justice system.
Numerous jobs related to formal training associated with assessment and treatment of youth with juvenile justice involvement and neuropsychological impairment.
In-depth knowledge of state regulatory policies and procedures associated with mental health assessment and treatment.
The individual has a doctorate in Psychology and be licensed as a Psychologist in the state of Colorado.

Conditions of Employment:
Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver License
Full Background - Name check, TRAILS, Drug Screen and Fingerprinting
Travel to trainings and meetings

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.


Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application. Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.
Supplemental Information
Comparative Analysis Process

The Assessment Process:
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.
Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

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"ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date."

~The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer~