Mental Health Observer at Bibb Correctional Facility
- Location: Brent, AL
- Schedule: Evenings and nights
- Entry Level
- Salary: $12.00/hour (flat rate)
- Excellent mental health/medical administrative experience
Wexford Health Sources, one of the nation's leading innovative
correctional health care companies, provides clients with
experienced management and technologically advanced services,
combined with programs that control costs while ensuring quality.
For nearly two decades, Wexford Health has consistently delivered
proven staffing expertise and a full range of medical, behavioral
health, pharmacy, utilization management, provider contracting,
claims processing, and quality management services.
At Wexford Health our philosophy is that health care should not
be considered a luxury for anyone. We simply care for those in need
and the corrections environment is our venue.
An Observer serves as an assistant to mental health service
providers and persons with mental health problems. The employee is
expected to provide supervision levels and maintains programming
and activity operations in accordance with established clinical and
A. Ensures that suicide watch and observation protocols and
program activities are carried out in accordance with applicable
licensure, certification and accreditation standards.
B. Provides services and activities for clients in accordance
with program requirements and individual treatment plans. Such
services and activities may include: serve as primary suicide watch
provider for assigned clients and participate in the development of
observation and treatment plans.
C. Follows instructions for activities as planned.
D. Documents and reports all pertinent information related to
the suicide status of the inmate patient.
E. Works with custody staff to ensure suicide blankets,
mattresses, and smocks are utilized as directed in the suicide
F. Encourages and monitors nutrition and hydration of the inmate
patient including suicide packaged meals. Documents and reports
G. Maintains and organizes suicide watch therapeutic activity
H. Monitors client behavior, and foster socially acceptable
I. Provides recreation and socialization opportunities as
directed and available.
J. Immediately notifies custody staff and/or approved clinical
staff if there is a need to leave the observation post to ensure
coverage as indicated in the suicide watch plan.
K. Provides documentation in accordance with policies and
L. Participates in mandatory as well as elective educational
M. Attends staff meetings and follows all team/unit
N. Adheres to universal precautions and other appropriate
infection control practices.
O. Adheres to safety and security policies, and participates in
P. Follows security regulations and policies, with consideration
of clinical factors.
The duties and responsibilities outlined herein are for payroll
purposes only; employees may be assigned other duties as
The physical demands that are described here are representative
of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform
the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
regularly required to talk, to hear and to see, to stand, walk, and
sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, instruments or
controls, to reach with hands and arms, to stoop or crouch, balance
and kneel, may be required to lift and/or move persons, carts,
emergency equipment or other objects. Must be able to ambulate
throughout the facility for extended periods of time. Specific
vision abilities required by this job include close vision and
distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception,
and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to clearly
communicate orally and via written and typed correspondence and
notes using various forms, records, charts, and electronic
This position may require rotating assignments operating on a 24
hour a day, 7 days a week schedule where employee is subject to
both voluntary and mandatory overtime.
Employee may be exposed to a challenging environment, which may
include exposure to bloodborne and airborne pathogens and loud
Experience: Experience working in correctional behavioral health
services strongly preferred.
Education: High school graduate required. Prefer college-level
course work in psychology, social work, vocational or
activity-related area of study.