Date:  Sep 15, 2023

LIVE OAK, FL, US, 32060 LIVE OAK, FL, US, 32064

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Requisition No: 796473 

Agency: Department of Corrections


Position Number: 70004990 

Salary:  $89,573.38 - $94,842.28 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 09/28/2023 



Regional Mental Health Consultant - 70004990

Working Title: Regional Mental Health Ombudsman


This advertisement is for a Career Service position located at Suwannee Correctional Institution in Live Oak, FL reporting to Central Office.


Salary Range: $89,573.38 – $94,842.28 Annually



Regional Mental Health Ombudsman duties and responsibilities include:

  • Review of indicators for inpatient mental health services and out-of-cell structured therapeutic services at designated institutions with mental health inpatients units.
  • Review and provide assistance to the Central Office Mental Health Ombudsman and wardens (or their designee) in addressing formal grievances from inmates residing in inpatients mental health units.
  • Proactively identify issues and concerns pertinent to access to necessary mental health treatment in the inpatient units.
  • Provides management consultant services and assistance to state agencies to improve management capabilities and operational procedures.
  • Provides assistance to agency officials and their staffs to promote the most efficient and effective accomplishment of the operating objectives at the lowest cost.
  • Provides status reports to the Central Office Mental Health Ombudsman and Wardens to assist in analysis and amelioration of identified concerns.
  • Conducts weekly rounds in the inpatient units to check the wellbeing of inmates in their cell or out in the quad.
  • Attends and observes mental health services being offered to the inmates.
  • Observes and shadows other services provided to inmates on the inpatient units.
  • Provides on-site reviews of mental health services and out-of-cell structured therapeutic services in inpatient mental health units.
  • Reviews formal grievances, as needed, from inmates residing in inpatient mental health units.
  • Attends MDST meetings, conducts interviews, observations, and evaluations of inmates to proactively identify issues and concerns pertinent to access to necessary mental health treatment.



  • Knowledge and experience with a correctional mental health delivery system;
  • Knowledge and experience wotking with a multidisciplinary treatment and services team in an inpatient level of care setting;
  • Knowledge and experience with the grievance process in a correctional agency;
  • Knowledge of the standards of care for persons with mental impairments;
  • Knowledge of the theories and principles of psychology;
  • Knowledge of psychological testing principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the methods of compiling, organizing, and analyzing data.
  • Knowledge of the components of a multidisciplinary mental health system, including psychology, psychiatry, mental health nursing, professional.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret psychological data.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to conduct fact finding research.



  • Must possess a Doctorate in Psychology from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accrediting agency or state approved agency by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
  • Must possess at least one-year experience in an inpatient treatment unit/hospital.
  • Must have experience working with interdisciplinary teams.


Support of knowledge, skills, and abilities should be demonstrated on the application, in the education, in the work experience, in the work sample, in the interview and/or during reference checks.


If you are interested in this position and meet the above indicated qualification and have the desired education, knowledge, and experience, please submit a State of Florida Application and resume through the People First system. If you experience problems applying on-line, please call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287.


Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the closing date

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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