Clinical Psychologist II (Ph.D. or Psy.D.)

Santa Ana, CA 90015

Employment Type: Contract Industry: Healthcare Job Number: 17459 Pay Rate: 74 -83

Job Description

A Clinical Psychologist II who is contracted with CHS must be professionally  licensed by the State of California Board of Psychology for a minimum of two years. He/she may be asked to work a day-, mid-, or night-shift schedule based on current CHS operational needs. CHS contracted psychologists will agree to working specific days of the week and specific hours of the day as determined by CHS and as informed by the vendor with whom they are contracted: The vendor will be consistently updated on current CHS staffing vacancies and type of shift that CHS needs filled by those in this specific job classification.

Location: Santa Ana
Pay: up to $95/HR depending on expreince
Long Term Contract (3yrs)
Benefits included( Medical, dental and vision, 401K after 1yr)

Practice: A Clinical Psychologist II will be required to work within their scope of practice per the State of California Board of Psychology regulatory standards and will be required to maintain a valid professional license with the State of California Board of Psychology.
Examples of Professional Duties:
  Completes mental health evaluations of patients who are newly incarcerated within the Orange County jail system: Completing a mental health evaluation requires a qualified mental health professional (QMHP) to thoroughly review a patient’s electronic health record so as to ensure that all prior aspects of one’s mental health treatment history with CHS are assessed and (if the individual has a prior psychiatric treatment history with CHS) are clinically considered during the development of his/her current mental health treatment plan.
  • Develops and documents a mental health treatment plan for each newly incarcerated patient that the Clinical Psychologist II has completed a mental health evaluation of or for a patient that another QMHP has competed a mental health evaluation of but for whom a treatment plan has not yet been developed. The treatment plan will detail specific mental health treatment goals and discharge planning goals/needs that the CHS mental health team will work collaboratively to provide to the patient.
  •   Has regular clinical contact with CHS mental health patients, the frequency of which is determined by the patient’s mental health acuity rating. Helps patients develop greater insight regarding the on-going treatment needs that are relevant to his/her psychiatric diagnosis (or diagnoses, including substance use disorder diagnoses). A Clinical Psychologist II will help a patient to develop a greater understanding of the need for one with a serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) to consistently adhere to an established mental health treatment regimen, including, pharmacotherapy, both while incarcerated and when released from custody.
  • Functions as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team and provides the team with clinical information regarding each of his/her assigned patients’ current level of mental health stability and of each patient’s current response to aspects of the patient’s treatment plan, including pharmacotherapy, psychiatric symptom stability, and discharge planning goals that are currently in place.
  •   Establishes and maintains effective relationships with staff members and managers from various directly operated mental health programs within the Orange County Healthcare Agency (OCHCA) Mental Health Recovery Services (MHRS) division, as well as with leadership from other County-based departments (i.e., collaborative court services, Office of the Public Defender, Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Public Guardian, Probation, Social Security, Administration, etc.) and with leaders from various community-based organizations with which OCHCA has an established a professional and collaborative working relationship.
  •   Maintains accurate, timely, and compliant case documentation and records. Prepares reports and correspondence on patient evaluation status and case recommendations, as needed. Affirms understanding that a clinician must document every clinical encounter with a patient on the same day that the encounter occurred within the CHS electronic health record known as Techcare.
  •   Participates in case conferences. Participates in required OCHCA/CHS educational and training programs.
  • May be scheduled to serve as Mental Health Officer of the Day (OD); the responsibilities of which entail evaluating patients with an urgent or emergent need to see a QMHP based on self-referral or referral from another member of CHS or Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) staff. The OD is also expected to collaborate with the psychiatric prescriber and members of CHS mental health and nursing staff who are providing patient care in the Intake and Release Center (IRC) Triage area to serially (at least one time every four hours) evaluate the mental health status of male patients who are pending admission to an acute or chronic mental health bed.
  • May be required to perform crisis interventions and conduct clinical evaluations to determine whether a patient meets State of California legally established criteria for placement on an in-custody involuntary hold for danger to self, danger to others, and/or grave disability.
  • A contracted Clinical Psychologist II will complete the training and examination, both of which are provided by OCHCA leadership, to become a Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) designee thereby authorizing him/her to complete and write 5150 applications for a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric hold.
  • A Clinical Psychologist II contracted staff member may serve as clinical lead to license-eligible staff (unlicensed Clinical Psychologist I staff members) who are obtaining clinically supervised hours necessary for one to apply to the California Board of Psychology to sit for their professional licensing examination.
  • A Clinical Psychologist II contracted staff member with a minimum of two years of professional licensure within the state of California will be expected to complete court-ordered Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) conservatorship evaluations of patients incarcerated within the Orange County jail system and submit signed declarations of the outcome of such evaluations to the Orange County court system and/or to the Orange County Office of the Public Guardian.
  • A Clinical Psychologist II contracted staff member will be required to complete clinical evaluations, including a brief cognitive evaluation, of patients incarcerated within the Orange County jail system who are suspected of having a cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disability.
  • A Clinical Psychologist II contracted staff member will be required to complete and submit what are known as 4011.6 reports to the court that inform the court of a patient’s capacity to safely present to the court for legal proceedings based on his/her status of psychiatric symptoms.
  • All Clinical Psychologist II contracted staff members will notify the agency with which they are contracted of an unplanned absence at least one hour before the beginning of a scheduled shift with CHS. The vendor will then notify CHS Mental Health Leadership via email that a contracted Clinical Psychologist II is not available to work his/her scheduled shift with CHS. The vendor shall immediately work to find alternate clinician coverage for CHS as soon as the vendor representative becomes aware of an unplanned absence.
  • All Clinical Psychologist II contracted staff members will submit a Request for Time off Form to the member of CHS Mental Health leadership to whom they report one month prior to a one-day or multi-day request for planned time off from their regular schedule with CHS.

Meet Your Recruiter

Mackenzie Starkey, BSN, RN
Recruiter, Marquee Healthcare Division

Mackenzie Starkey brings her expertise as a Registered Nurse to Marquee Staffing, where she serves as a Healthcare Recruiter. With a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mackenzie's academic background solidifies her understanding of the healthcare industry. For over five years, she dedicated herself to pediatric nursing, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In 2023, Mackenzie relocated from Chicago to California, embarking on a new chapter in her career as a recruiter.

Driven by her genuine desire to assist healthcare professionals in finding their ideal career paths, Mackenzie made the transition into recruiting. Her commitment to matching healthcare professionals with the perfect opportunities is fueled by her passion for facilitating their professional growth and success.


Beyond her professional endeavors, Mackenzie finds joy in spending quality time with her loved ones, hiking, and being at the beach.

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