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Department of Correction

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Boise, ID


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Psychiatric Technician

Department of Correction

Open for Recruitment: January 8, 2018 - January 22, 2018
Announcement # 07779092659
Salary Range: $14.48 - $16.09 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Mission of the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) is to protect the public, our staff, and those within our custody and supervision through safety, accountability, partnerships and providing opportunities for offender change

Please note changes have been made to this exam to include the standards required for the Department’s compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003. You must complete both exams attached to this announcement to be considered for this position.

This recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution (IMSI) in Boise, Idaho and may be used to fill future vacancies in the Boise area for IDOC only. This position will facilitate on-going treatment for offenders with mental illness in a correctional setting. Incumbents must be willing to work directly with offenders in the mental health unit of a state correctional facility. Work hours may include shifts and weekends.

Psychiatric Technician is assigned to the designated Idaho Secure Medical Program housed in the Idaho Maximum Security Institution under the Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC). This Program is also known as the Competency Restoration Unit (CRU). This position is to assist in the assessment, treatment and programming of those individual whose mental competency is in question regarding their ability to cooperative and assist in their own defense during criminal legal proceeding. In addition there are individuals placed in the ISMP who do not have pending criminal charges. These individuals are placed by court order to the ISMP for mental health treatment due to serious, dangerous, or debilitating mental health disorders. Typically, these individuals once assessed as stable return to a State Hospital or community treatment provider.

If you have previously applied for Psychiatric Technician and wish to be considered for the current opening, you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used. The hiring lists may be used for department promotional applicants within the next 6 months.



  • Interact with inmates one-on-one or in a group setting to encourage appropriate behavior
  • Provide input into developing and changing offender treatment plans
  • Observe offenders behaviors, personal hygiene activities, interaction with others, and response to treatment and inform clinician, security staff and Corizon psychologist of any significant changes.
  • Record behaviors and treatment progress using Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Implement treatment strategies as part of a treatment team
  • Integrate daily living tasks with treatment goals
  • Encourage and motivate inmates, foster increased self-esteem through teaching and role modeling
  • Facilitate problem solving
  • Be somewhat independent and willing to work with little supervision
  • Be willing to complete other work as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of human services to include psychology, nursing, or social work

This is typically met by:

Completion of college coursework in psychology, nursing, or social work; OR 6 months’ work experience providing treatment services for the mentally ill.

Specialty Requirement:

  • Willingness to work at a State Correctional Institution.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in a social services field (psychology, sociology, social work) or 1 year of working in a community or state hospital setting with mentally ill individuals and will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working in dual diagnosis, behavioral interventions, mental health disorders and medications, psychiatric symptoms or therapeutic communications; OR Satisfactorily completing a psychiatric technician training program through Idaho State School & Hospital, State Hospital North or State Hospital South.


To be hired, candidates will have a history and background supportive of department mission goals and hiring will be subject to:

  • Completing a Background Investigation Questionnaire and pre-employment drug test
  • Having a federal and state criminal background check to include fingerprints
  • Having a history of law-abiding behavior
  • Felonies, misdemeanors, illegal drug usage, DUI's, adverse driving convictions and employment history may make you ineligible for employment

Non-hiring restrictions are in place for candidates who:

  • Have been convicted of Domestic Violence or similar types of violent behaviors
  • Have a dishonorable discharge from military service
  • Currently are using, dealing or are associated with illegal drugs
  • Have close friends or relatives under IDOC care & custody may also make you ineligible for employment
  • Are currently under IDOC supervision or probation (must be released from IDOC supervision or probation for at least one year)


You will receive a score based on your education and experience in the answers to the exam. A minimum score of 76 is required to pass. Notification of your test results will be available online when the exam review process has been completed. All answers to the questions on the exam must be supported in the work history, resume, and/or education portion of your application.


In compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, we are required to obtain certain information in the exam/interview process and consider specific information when making hiring and selection decisions for positions that have contact with inmates "in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution." The PREA Standards do not require we obtain this information for positions not within a correctional facility such as Probation & Parole and Central Office positions. Again, these changes are being implemented in order for the department to the meet the requirement of PREA standards. The PREA definitions of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment are available on the IDOC website. For more information about PREA, visit


Click on any Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist Information and Exam for this position.

When updating your online application information, please select/add:

  • Department of Correction under "Agencies"
  • Full-time under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency. You must complete all items in the Application Checklist under General Information and Optional Information. This includes: Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies, Job Type/Shift, Skills, and Customized Resume.


For more information on the Idaho Department of Correction visit and for State of Idaho employee benefit information click on the link following the Salary range above where it says "Plus Competitive Benefits!"

Thank you for your interest in this Employment Opportunity!


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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.