Washington State Psychiatric Social Worker in Airway Heights, Washington


Psychiatric Social Worker 3**

Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC)

**This posting will remain open until the position is filled.

If you have previously submitted an application you do not need to re-apply.**

The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker 3 at Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC).

Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) is a 2000+ bed male facility located approximately 10 miles west of Spokane. The prison consists of a main facility that houses medium- and long-term minimum-custody offenders. A separate perimeter adjacent to the main facility accommodates a minimum-security unit for offenders with minimum-custody or lower.

The Department of Corrections (DOC), as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington State.

Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.


This position supports the mission of DOC and Health Services Division, as follows: We work with all DOC staff for safer communities, to improve public safety by providing medically necessary and individualized care that promotes wellness. We meet the basic needs of offenders by providing healthcare which aims to increase offender safety and decrease recidivism, thereby promoting positive change in offenders.

Typical duties include;

  • Conduct release planning for offenders who have need for follow-up medical and mental health care.
  • Facilitate Affordable Care Act (ACA), Expedited Medical Eligibility (EME) and/ or Offender Reentry Community Safety (ORCS) services prior to release.
  • Facilitate successful entry to prison.
  • Surrogacy and other duties as assigned. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

A Masters degree in Social Work from an accredited college or University whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


One year of post-graduate experience providing professional case management services, discharge/release planning and/or professional counseling services (i.e. individual/group, crisis intervention, psychoeducational) to adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), criminal/violent behavior and/or chemical dependency issues.


Must be able to obtain and maintain status as an Agency Affiliated Counselor** through the Washington State Department of Health or possess a current, valid WA Social Work license. In addition, SW licensure/credential must be maintained in good standing at all times in order to perform their SW duties. Each SW is responsible for adhering to the legal, educational and ethical requirements for maintaining their professional credentials, to include current, active licensure/registration.

**An agency affiliated counselor may only provide counseling services as part of his or her employment for a recognized agency. Applicants for an agency affiliated counselor credential who apply within 7 days of employment may provide services within the agency for up to 60 days while the Department of Health processes your application.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications;

Current, valid Washington State Social Work license.

3-4 years experience providing professional case management services, discharge/release planning and/or professional counseling services (i.e. individual/group, crisis intervention, psychoeducational) to adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), criminal/violent behavior and/or chemical dependency issues.

Supplemental Information

'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov.


  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.
  • The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questionnaire. All answers are verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this requisition. A thorough reference check will be conducted for final applicants.
  • All DOC employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.
  • Employees work with offenders in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Tuberculosis is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
  • If this position is included in a Union Shop, employees will be required to become members within thirty (30) days of employment.

We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:

  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
  • Work effectively with men and women of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
  • Promote inclusiveness.
  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email rebecca.oneal@doc.wa.gov or call us at (509) 244-6704. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Salary: $3,763.00 - $4,935.00 Monthly

Location: Spokane County - Airway Heights, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-05204

Department: Dept. of Corrections

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov