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Mental Health Clinician

Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY) is comprised of nearly 3,000 physicians and healthcare professionals who provide services to NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), the largest public health system in the United States. Our practitioners are highly skilled professionals with outstanding credentials who deliver the highest level of quality healthcare to patients throughout New York City. EOE M/F/D/V

Besides providing administrative and human resources services, PAGNY also fosters an environment in its partner hospitals that allows healthcare professionals to identify and implement best practices across institutions; promote training, academic and research opportunities; develop multidisciplinary integrated clinical service lines; build new systems of care; and address the impact of anticipated major changes in the nation's healthcare system.

With approximately 65,000 admissions per year and 10,000 average daily population, the NYC jail system is among the largest in the nation. The Division of Correctional Health Services (CHS) of New York City Health + Hospitals (H + H) is responsible for the delivery of medical care, mental health care and discharge planning in the jail system. CHS is a national leader in the delivery of healthcare to the criminal-justice involved population and aspires to the highest standards of care, with the goal of meeting or exceeding what is available in the community. CHS care includes a comprehensive history and physical at the point of admission, robust screening efforts (HIV, hepatitis C, STDs, TB, etc.) and the management of chronic and acute illness. CHS views incarceration as a crucial opportunity to provide care to an underserved population and improve the population health of the communities to which our patients return. CHS is committed to continuously improving the delivery of care in the security setting, using the system-wide Electronic Health Record as a tool to promote patient safety and population health. CHS has contributed to the literature on medical care in the jail as well as public health concerns related to incarceration and seeks to build on a reputation as a national leader, now integrated into the larger H + H care delivery network. CHS seeks to promote an academic practice environment with ample opportunities for continuous education, clear pathways for career growth and engagement of front line staff in the ongoing process of improving clinical care.


Under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor and the Mental Health Unit Chief, will provide quality mental health care to the population of the New York City Department of Corrections on Rikers Island. This position is responsible for providing assessment and counseling services to inmates.  This position is for AMKC C71 Unit.

  1. Conducts mental health evaluations, crisis intervention, assessments, and follow-up care.
  2. Determines and coordinates disposition of patients for appropriate level of mental health care.
  3. Coordinates with Reentry Social Workers for appropriate discharge planning services.
  4. Completes required statistical reports.
  5. Collaborates with the Department of Correction to ensure access to patients, proper housing, and treatment disposition.
  6. Coordinates patient care with other institutional programs.
  7. Develops and leads group treatment on mental health observation units and other units as assigned.
  8. Completes all required documentation.
  9. Participates in Clinical Supervision with Clinical Supervisor at least once a week.
  10. Participates in mental health and medical rounds as assigned. 
  11. Participates in case conferences and treatment planning for patients receiving and being considered for mental health treatment.
  12. May conduct psychological testing as assigned
  13. May supervise social work interns or student volunteers as assigned.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned by Unit Chief, Assistant Unit Chief, and Clinical Supervisor.



Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field.

License:  New York State License in Social Work, License in Mental Health Counseling, or licensure in Psychology.

Preference given to those applicants with experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

This position will require a background check, security clearance and/or drug screening.  PAGNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with federal and state employment opportunity laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, Vietnam era veteran, or disabled Veteran status.

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