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Clinical Specialist
Title:Clinical Specialist
Location:Lake City, Florida Area
Salary Range: $10.20/hr - 11.54/hr DOE
Working Hours: 40 hrs week; Mon-Fri; 7:30a-4p

***This position is located at the Columbia Correctional Institute in Lake City, Florida***

This is responsible direct service work interacting with potentially dangerous psychologically, emotionally, and dually diagnosed adults with mental illnesses in a prison setting. Work involves responsibility for processing intakes and discharges; monitoring and documenting client behaviors and activities; participating and assisting with educational, social and recreational activities; providing a safe and therapeutic environment;  interacting in a warm compassionate manner; de-escalating clients when necessary; promoting client achievement of treatment plan goals and objectives. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures. Employee works under general supervision of the Program Supervisor or responsible designated supervisor. Assignments are given orally and in writing. Work involves the execution of specific rules, regulations, and procedures. Work is reviewed for adherence to policies, procedures, and regulations through observation, discussion, and a review of written documentation and records.


High School diploma or it’s equivalent, and minimum two (2) years experience working in a counseling or chemical addictions field; or
Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in any unrelated area of study from an accredited academic institution and one (1) year experience in the counseling or chemical addictions field; or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution in any of the social sciences and six (6) months experience working in the counseling or chemical addiction field. 

  • Some knowledge of the human services field and the application of basic client care skills.
  • Some knowledge of communicable diseases.
  • Ability to defuse potentially dangerous situations, and remain calm in an emergency.
  • Ability to utilize behavior management techniques and serve as a role model.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing with the public, clinical professionals, and outside agencies.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain written documentation.
  • Ability to perform light housekeeping responsibilities.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment and standard household appliances.
  • Ability to handle verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and utilize aggression control techniques to ensure the safety and well being of the client, other clients, and employees in the unit.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with suicidal, mentally, emotionally, and/or psychologically disturbed clients in person



  • Responsible for monitoring the behavior and activities of each client; reports any concerns regarding the health, safety, or well-being of a client to the appropriate authority. Serves as a positive role model; utilizes approved behavior modification techniques to help clients learn desirable behaviors; provides positive reinforcement and support to clients. Conducts and participates in basic life skills activities. Assists in the planning and implementation of individual treatment plans; supports client goals; encourages and assists clients in achieving their goals.
  • Processes admissions and discharges for the program; orients the client to the program; explains rules, policies and procedures.
  • Completes required program documentation. Completes reports as required; daily, weekly, monthly etc. Documents service activity notes daily on clients’ activities, behavior patterns, changes in behavior patterns, medications.
  • Participates in meetings as required; converses with staff on client’s progress or lack of progress. Performs general office duties; answers telephones; communicates with the public, police, DCF , DOC, hospitals etc; links clients to needed services; makes doctor appointments, files, types, copies; receives food shipments; order supplies etc.
  • Participates in trainings/in-services as required.
  • Controls verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and performs aggression control techniques. Communicates effectively with suicidal, mentally, emotionally, and/or psychologically disturbed clients in person to diffuse potentially life-threatening situations.
  • Researches, plans, develops, implements and conducts therapeutic social, educational/vocational, life skills, and recreational activities or programs for individuals, groups, and families. Facilitates or co-leads daily group activities such as problem solving, goal planning, self-esteem, interpersonal skills, behavior management, etc.; prepares activity calendar.
  • Participates in process/performance improvement activities.
  • Ensures compliance with AHCA and/or DJJ and/or DOC standards and security safeguards.
  • Assesses individual service/treatment plan progress and reports it to the Substance Abuse Counselor; meets individually with client; identifies strengths and weaknesses; discusses goals; encourages and assists clients in achieving their goals.
  • Makes commitment to SMA’s mission and core values the SMA Way
  • Abides by principles of EEO compliance and a workplace of dignity and respect.
  • Works cooperatively in a group/team setting.
  • Shows respect to others.
  • Takes guidance and direction from supervisors.
  • Arrives/Reports to work on time and ready to work.
SMA Behavioral Health Services, Inc. is a tobacco and drug-free workplace.
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