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Behavioral Health Specialist #2103-319700-02

Date Opened
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 1:00 PM
Close Date
Thursday, September 07, 2023 11:59 PM
  • $72,952-$85,821


 The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies. Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is a highly respected law enforcement agency in our community and nationally. Our progressive department provides exciting opportunities for law enforcement professionals to develop partnerships with our citizens to prevent the next crime and enhance the quality of life within our community, always treating people fairly and respectfully. The department employs nearly 2,000 sworn officers and over 500 civilians serving a jurisdiction with almost 1 million people. Our employees are men and women from diverse backgrounds interested in meeting the needs of and serving an equally diverse community.


The Behavioral Health Specialist carries out a wide range of responsibilities involving direct employee counseling.


Serves as a full-time Behavioral Health Specialist to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) by providing a variety of professional psychological services. The Behavioral Health Specialist will provide therapy to traumatized/distressed employees of CMPD; train incident debriefing counselors; coordinate critical incident stress debriefings; group counseling sessions; teach police academy courses; and maintain confidential records. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participates or assists with the wellness program for employees considered high risk for secondary trauma due to the nature of their assignment in the department.
  • Provides psychological care and treatment for academy recruits, sworn staff, and civilian employees; provides therapy to traumatized or distressed officers; performs diagnostic assessments and applies appropriate therapeutic techniques and intervention; continuously monitors therapy progress; provides referrals to other health care facilities/professionals, as needed.
  • Maintains security and confidentiality of information created or encountered in assigned duties in strict adherence with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Provides crisis counseling in the field and the office for individuals experiencing acute episodes; evaluates patients and arranges for voluntary or involuntary admission to facilities for observation and treatment.
  • Aids in critical incident group debriefings with all involved personnel (sworn and civilian), as appropriate.
  • Coordinate and serves as clinical advisor to the Department Peer Support Program, including participation in the selection and training of new members.
  • Provides training and instruction to police employees; develops and presents Police Psychology curriculum providing training related to resilience and positive coping mechanisms.
  • Conducts research and maintains knowledge of applicable therapy techniques and relevant reference materials related to police psychology.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Preferred Qualification

  • Master’s degree in psychology or related human service field with coursework in behavior analysis and developmental disabilities
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Three (3) year of experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in psychology or related human service field with coursework in behavior analysis and developmental disabilities
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • One (1) year of experience


Annual Salary: $62,952-$75,821

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record checks, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry, and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must comply with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check, or credit report and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test and participate in other assessments.

As of October 1, 2021:

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for the any new City of Charlotte employees.  The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

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  • 10 days annual paid vacation (full-time employee)
  • 12 days annual paid sick leave (full-time employee)
  • 11 holidays (special rules may apply to some jobs) and one floating personal day
  • Military, jury duty, funeral & school support, paid leave
  • Health, dental, vision & life insurance coverages
  • The employer-paid short-term disability program
  • Coverage under the NC Retirement System or the Charlotte Firefighters' Retirement System (if a firefighter) pension plans
  • Employer contribution to the City's 401(k) plan
  • 401(k) & 457 voluntary deferred compensation programs
  • Flexible spending account and health savings account programs
  • Free and confidential Employee Assistance Program
  • Educational reimbursement for approved college education
  • The City of Charlotte is an at-will employer. The city reserves the right to modify policies, programs and practices, including the right to change employee contributions to health and benefit programs.


This information is a summary of benefits. Participation in the city’s benefits plans should not be viewed as a contract of employment. While the city of Charlotte intends to provide these benefits indefinitely, it reserves the right to terminate, suspend, withdraw, amend, or modify the plan at any time. Any such change or termination of benefits will be based solely on the city’s decision. It may apply to active employees, future retirees, and current retirees as either separate groups or as one group.

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