Clinical Social Worker - Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center

Bangor, Maine, United States Full-time

Opening Date: Friday, March 29, 2019

Closing Date:  Until Filled

Job Class Code: 5121
Grade: 25
Salary: $44,803.20 - $60,403.20
Position Number:  03200-1735


Agency information: 

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, protective, public health and intervention services that safeguard the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.


Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (DDPC) is a 51-bed psychiatric hospital serving the entire State of Maine that provides services for people with severe mental illness.   As a member of a statewide community of care givers, DDPC collaborates with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, their community and personal supports, to provide recovery-oriented, respectful, compassionate, and effective psychiatric care and treatment in the least restrictive, safest, and most therapeutic environment we can create.

Job duties:

You will be doing psychosocial assessment and treatment of patients at DDPC.  This includes performing diagnostic assessments; providing clinical input in client/staff consultations; developing psychosocial treatment plans; testifying in court, preparing documents, notes, and patient records; and instructing students and staff.  Work is performed under limited supervision.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities you will need to succeed in this work include:

  • Knowledge of the application of therapeutic modalities and treatment of patients.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of clinical mental health counseling. 
  • Knowledge of the fundamental types, challenges, and problems of mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and personality disorders.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations affecting mental health practices.
  • Knowledge of the restrictions identified with all levels of social work licensure.
  • Knowledge of individual and group behavior.
  • Knowledge of confidentiality and privacy laws/ rights of patients.
  • Ability to evaluate psychosocial information and make appropriate diagnosis.
  • Ability to interview a wide variety of patients.
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate activities with direct care staff, physicians, and other professionals.
  • Ability to assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of mental illnesses.
  • Ability to assess and intervene during crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly and accurately, with great attention to detail.


(Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience).  A Master’s  Degree in Social Work.


For additional information about this position please contact Lisa Hall, OTR/L at 207-941-4301 or via email at To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter. To request a paper application, please contact Theresa Peppard at

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 15.37% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.13 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $444.68 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $422.45 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $400.211 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $377.98 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2018.


The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.