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PSCS Mental Health Graduate Professional Counselor

Recruitment #24-004356-0001


"Together, we are building a stronger Maryland."

-  Governor Wes Moore

Do you want to join a dynamic, innovative team? Join one of the State of Maryland’s largest agencies, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS)! When you work at DPSCS, it’s an opportunity to support and impact our large workforce, help ensure the public safety of Maryland’s residents and change the lives of returning citizens.

If you are looking for an exciting career in PSCS 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.

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STD 0017


Baltimore or Jessup, at the below addresses:
MRDCC:  MD Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center 
550 E. Madison Street 
Baltimore, MD  21202 
MCIW:   MD Correctional Institution-Women 
7943 Brockbridge Road  
Jessup, MD 20794

Main Purpose of Job

The Mental Health Professional Counselor is the full performance level of the professional counseling work, at the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor level, providing counseling services to clients with mental disorders by using assessment, evaluation, and intervention, rehabilitation, and treatment regimens.

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.
  • Develops 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.


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

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.


Must be willing to work in a Baltimore or Jessup Facility.


1. In accordance with Health Occupations Title 17 and Code of Maryland Regulations, candidates placed in this classification must be licensed by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

2. 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 ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be emailed to . Paper application materials must be received 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. in the body of the email please provide your name and contact information.

Only additional materials that are requested will be accepted for this recruitment. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, .

If you are having difficulties with submitting your online application, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850. 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country. 

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.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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