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Recruitment #22-000311-0001



If you are looking for an exciting career in Mental Health Counseling with competitive pay, great benefits, pension, and opportunity for advancement and professional growth – Apply to become a DPSCS Mental Health Counselor today!

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is seeking dedicated candidates for our Mental Health Counselor positions. The Mental Health Counselor positions within DPSCS are critical for the betterment, empowerment, and rehabilitation of those in our care. Our Mental Health Counselor professionals are constantly changing lives and bringing to those in our care a chance for a better, healthier, and more fulfilling future.

As a member of the DPSCS team, in addition to a competitive salary, you can enjoy a wide range of benefits such as medical and dental coverage, paid time off (i.e. vacation, sick leave), state pension, supplemental retirement options (i.e. 401k, 457b etc.) and even become a member of a state employee credit union.

Hiring Incentive 

We are dedicated to ensuring that our Mental Health Graduate Professional Counselor employees are properly compensated for their vital role and professional experience. Our Mental Health Graduate Professional Counselor employees brought onboard at an increased salary starting at $60,466.




Allegany County
North Branch Correctional Institution
14100 McMullen Hwy SW, Cumberland, MD 21502

Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center
300 E. Madison Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202


The Mental Health Graduate Professional Counselor performs clinical duties under the direct and close clinical supervision of a MHPC who has been licensed as a Supervisor by the Board of Licensure for Mental Health Counselors.

The Mental Health Graduate Professional Counselor provides the full performance level of the counseling services to clients with mental disorders by using assessment, evaluation, and intervention, rehabilitation, and treatment regimens.

This position applies directly to the mission specific nature of the Western Correctional Institution and the desire to implement effective programming for Maximum /Maximum II inmates.

Functioning as an independently licensed mental health professional, the Mental Health Professional Counselor is responsible for providing mental health services to inmates within a defined population of a correctional facility. The duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assesses the inmate’s situation to determine the appropriate services using clinical interview techniques, objective assessments, and psychological testing under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
  • Intervenes in crisis situations to de-escalate the situation and provide acute care using suicide prevention planning and crisis intervention techniques.
  • Develop treatment plans and provides treatment to inmates who have significant mental or emotional disorders through the use of individual and/or group counseling.
  • Develops and implements behavioral management plans for inmates that are disruptive to the operation of the institution.
  • Refers inmates for other services such as psychiatric care, inpatient mental health services, case management planning, medical evaluations, addictions services, etc.
  • Documents services rendered to the inmate in the EPHR in accordance with established procedures.
  • Evaluates inmates for changes in security classifications using psychological tests combined with information gathered in the clinical interview in accordance with applicable regulations.
  • Reviews charts/EPHR as needed and assigned by department head.
  • Adheres to accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct and participates in continuing professional development.
  • May collaborate with other professionals in carrying out research in correctional work.

      Administrative/Supervisory & Ancillary Duties

      The Mental Health Graduate Professional Counselor is responsible for some non-clinical, lead and /or administrative duties related to the performance of the above – described primary duties. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Maintains statistics to summarize the daily psychological services completed.
    • Participates in interdisciplinary meetings as needed.
    • May participate in training students and non-professional staff.
    • Serves on special work groups and projects as assigned.

      Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire. Please read all requirements before applying.

      Education: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists under the requirements for Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC).

      Experience: None.

      Note: These requirements are established by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. The Department of Budget and Management, Office of Personnel Services and Benefits does not have the authority to accept substitutions or equivalents.



      1. In accordance with Health Occupations Title 17 and Code of Maryland Regulations, a candidate placed in this classification must be licensed as a Graduate Professional Counselor by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.

      2. Employees certified as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) may practice graduate professional counseling for 2 years under the supervision of an approved supervisor. As required by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, these employees must possess certification as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) by the end of this 2 year period.

      3. Candidates appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


      Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


      The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



      Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be emailed to or faxed to 410-484-5928. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment.

      If you are submitting additional information, the preferred method is to upload it with your application. All uploaded additional information must be received by the closing date and time. If you are unable to upload,
      please email the requested information to referencing the recruitment number in the subject line, or fax to 410-484-5928 (providing a cover sheet with your contact information,
      recruitment name, recruitment number and the number of pages faxed). Only additional materials that are requested will be accepted for this recruitment.

      For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, HRSD-Recruitment Division at 410-585-3999.

      J. Rolon

      If you are having difficulties with submitting your online application, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at <> or

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      People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

      As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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