Pend Oreille Country is located in Northeastern Washington, on the border of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.

Behavioral Health Counselor BHT CJ-BA Job Description

Salary Range: $4,085.22 – $5,157.51

Hiring Salary: $4,085.22 – $4,592.31 per month DOE

Benefits, which include: Eligibility for medical insurance, HRA Veba, Health Saving Account, voluntary dental, and vision coverage, PERS retirement plan options, subject to plan terms. Eligibility for company-paid benefits such as life insurance, short and long-term disability, subject to applicable waiting periods. 37.5 hour work week, 11 County paid holidays. 2 Floating holidays each year, vacation and sick leave accrued from first day of employment, 6% step increase every 2 years. Paid twice per month on the 10th and the 25th of each month.

BASIC FUNCTIONSPosition would deliver outpatient behavioral health services for individuals involved in the criminal justice system.  Services include, but are not limited to, providing individual and group counseling, crisis triage, screening, mental health intakes, SUD assessment, and consultation and coordination of services with criminal justice, physical health and other social service agencies.  Position is non-exempt, subject to collective bargaining agreement and must work effectively with the public and other employees.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  2. Experience working with people in correctional settings and involved in the court system preferred.
  3. Possess education, training, and experience, which clearly demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
  4. Possess a valid State of Washington issued credential to practice as a counselor, without restriction, probation, or limiting condition or threat thereof, or proof of application must be provided within 30 days of beginning employment and subject receipt of State issuance to practice within 60 days.
  5. Possess a valid National Provider Identification Number (NPI), or proof of application must be provided within sixty (60) days of beginning employment.
  6. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Prior to employment applicants must successfully pass a driving record check, physical, background checks to include a criminal background check. May not have a felony conviction or prior PREA (Prison Rape Elimination) violations.
  7. Must not be a State or Federal (OIG) and System for Award Management (SAM) excluded provider, in any capacity for the Medicare, Medicaid, and all Federal health care programs.
  8. Ability to exercise discretion, independent judgment, confidentiality, and professional boundaries in all areas of job performance.
  9. Ability to manage a complex caseload and handle stressful or crisis situations appropriately.
  10. Ability to work independently with limited supervision in various work environments.
  11. Ability to create and maintain effective relationships with clients, courts, and community-based service providers
  12. Effective communication skills demonstrated across various mediums.


  1. Abide by ethical standards developed by the appropriate professional associations, this County and Agency, for counselor, social workers, or other mental health professionals.
  2. Maintain professional credentials required for the service being provided.
  3. Be familiar and follow the laws of the State of Washington and the Federal government as they pertain to behavioral health practice.
  4. Follow County Policies and Procedures and those policies specific to the position’s work with the Counseling Services and Sheriff’s Department.
  5. Complete trainings required by statute, County, conjoint department’s policies, contracts, or otherwise identified by supervisor, within required time frames.
  6. Maintain records in accordance with statutes, contract requirements and Agency policy.
  7. Have fundamental understanding of DSM IV, or its successor, psychiatric disorders, psychotropic medications, brain physiology and demonstrated working knowledge of the various behavioral health interventions models, counseling techniques and other Evidenced Based Practices.
  8. Provide direct services:
    1. Screenings, assessments, and intakes (per credential or supervisor approved)
    2. Individual and group counseling
    3. Develop and implement treatment plans and progress monitoring
    4. Urinalysis testing
    5. Assist medical provider with medication monitoring, psychoeducation, and adherence strategies.
    6. Case management and referral
    7. Discharge or transition release plans
    8. Crisis triage services
  9. Work collaboratively and effectively communicates with a multidisciplinary team for case consultations, psychoeducation and other diversion, probation or court directed actions.
  10. Assist in data collection and administrative supports.
  11. Be responsive to supervisor requests and perform other duties and assignments as requested by the Clinical Director.


Work performed in jail, court room and various community setting with periods of standing, sitting, and kneeling.   Standard risks associated with target population served.   Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machines. Position may require occasional lifting, up to 30 pounds.  Regular and punctual attendance is required.  Because of the nature of this position, duties must be performed during regular hours within the department.    Travel may be required throughout the county and region, in all seasons.