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PSCS Mental Health Professional Counselor I

Recruitment #23-004357-0004


If you are looking for an exciting career in Mental Health Counseling with competitive pay, great benefits, pension, and opportunity for advancement and professional growth – Apply to become a DPSCS Mental Health Counselor today!

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is seeking dedicated candidates for our Mental Health Counselor positions. The Mental Health Counselor positions within DPSCS are critical for the betterment, empowerment, and rehabilitation of those in our care. Our Mental Health Counselor professionals are constantly changing lives and bringing to those in our care a chance for a better, healthier, and more fulfilling future.


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Washington County: 

MD CORRECTIONAL TRAINING CENTER                                        Allegany County:
Roxbury Correctional Institution                                                        Western Correctional Institution
18701 Roxbury Rd. Hagerstown, MD 21746                             13800 McMullen Hwy SW. Cumberland, MD 21502

Anne Arundel County:                                                                     
Maryland Correctional Institution for Women                        
7931 Brock Bridge Rd. Jessup, MD 20794

Jessup Correctional Institution
7805 House of Correction Rd. Jessup, MD 20794

Somerset County:
Eastern Correctional Institution 
30420 Revells Neck Rd. Westover, MD 21890

Baltimore City:
Metropolitan Transition Center
954 Forrest St. Baltimore, MD 21202

Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center
550 East Madison St. Baltimore, MD 21202


The Mental Health Professional Counselor is the full performance level of the professional counseling work, at the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor level, providing counseling services to clients with mental disorders by using assessment, evaluation, and intervention, rehabilitation, and treatment regimens.

 Functioning as an independently licensed mental health professional, the Mental Health Professional Counselor is responsible for providing mental health services to inmates within a defined population of a correctional facility. The duties include but are not limited to:

Assesses the inmate’s situation to determine the appropriate services using clinical interview techniques, objective assessments, and psychological testing under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

Intervenes in crisis situations to de-escalate the situation and provide acute care using suicide prevention planning and crisis intervention techniques.

Develop treatment plans and provides treatment to inmates who have significant mental or emotional disorders through the use of individual and/or group counseling.

Develops and implements behavioral management plans for inmates that are disruptive to the operation of the institution.

Refers inmates for other services such as psychiatric care, inpatient mental health services, case management planning, medical evaluations, addictions services, etc.


Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire. Please read all requirements before applying.

Education: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists under the requirements for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Experience: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists under the requirements for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Note: These requirements are established by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. The Department of Budget and Management, Office of Personnel Services and Benefits does not have the authority to accept substitutions or equivalents.


1. In accordance with Health Occupations Title 17 and Code of Maryland Regulations, candidates placed in this classification must be licensed by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

2. Candidates appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be emailed to Paper application materials must be received by the closing date for the recruitment. 

If you are submitting additional information, the preferred method is to upload it with your application. All uploaded additional information must be received by the closing date and time. If you are unable to upload, please email the requested information to, referencing the recruitment number in the subject line. in the body of the email please provide your name and contact information.

Only additional materials that are requested will be accepted for this recruitment. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, 

If you are having difficulties with submitting your online application, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850. 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country. 

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.


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