Date:  May 4, 2024


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Requisition No: 822941 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: CLINICAL EVALUATOR- 60074862

 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 60074862 

Salary:  $3,115.38- $7,692.31 Bi-weekly 

Posting Closing Date: 06/30/2024 

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The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state of Florida’s social services agency. The agency oversees services for child safety, fostering, adoption, domestic violence, adult protective services, refugees, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, childcare providers, human trafficking and public assistance. The agency’s mission is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.

Within DCF, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program office is recognized as the single state authority for substance abuse and mental health services. The Office of SAMH is statutorily responsible for the planning, evaluation, and implementation of a comprehensive statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance use disorders.





This is a highly responsible and professional position that will serve as a Clinical Evaluator (Psychologist) within the Office of Recovery unit in the office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. This position will collaborate with each section within the program office and be required to use independent judgement, take initiative in carrying out duties and responsibilities and should be extraordinarily detail oriented.    


Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Develop evaluation plans and oversee evaluation projects to address Florida’s substance abuse issues and needs.
  • Collaborate with management and staff to understand their needs.
  • Analyze data to identify problem areas.
  • Develop plans to implement targeted solutions.
  • Keep abreast of changes in the industry to best serve the people of Florida.
  • Engage in brainstorm strategies for growth, positive change, and continuous improvement.
  • Consult with medical personnel, both Departmental employees and contract partners, in developing a program to treat various addiction disorders and thereby ensuring an acceptable level of patient health, wellbeing and recovery.
  • Interact with a variety of professional, governmental, and regulatory contacts both as a representative of the SAMH and as a member of professional organizations.
  • Represent the Department in meetings and conferences as clinical liaison, both inside and outside the Department, and building strategic alliances outside of the organization to foster an environment of innovative service delivery.
  • Provide status updates to SAMH leadership. Frequent contact will be made with the SAMH Leadership to provide direction and any updates to changes.
  • Conduct special projects, as assigned.
  • Perform other related duties and is on-call during office closures, evenings, and weekends, as needed.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for the position:

  • Knowledge of community mental health and substance use programs, services, and practices as well as practical experience in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of medical and substance related illnesses in the context of psychiatric illnesses.
  • Knowledge of the theories and principles of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of accepted therapy techniques.
  • Knowledge of psychological testing principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of research designs and methodologies.
  • Ability to administer and interpret psychological tests.
  • Ability to interview patients to obtain information.
  • Ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients.
  • Ability to conduct group and individual therapy sessions.
  • Ability to develop experimental designs for research studies.
  • 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A doctorate from an accredited college or university in psychology and must include one year of supervised internship experience in professional psychology.
  • Licensed Florida Psychologist.


Preference will be given to applicants who have:

  • Board certified/board eligible in Addiction Medicine through ABAM/ASAM.
  • Candidates who specialize in addiction medication.


Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance; $25,000 policy is free plus option to purchase additional life insurance
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Tuition waiver for public college courses

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US CITIZEN REQUIREMENT Only US citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM REGISTRATION All selected male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized position unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS).  Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:

RETIREE NOTICE If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be suspended or voided, and you required to repay all benefits received depending upon the date of your retirement.

BACKGROUND SCREENING It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and, if applicable, also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S.  No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency.  Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies.


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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