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King County Juvenile Detention
Mental Health Supervisor


Supervises the therapist team at the King County Juvenile Detention Center. Serve as the primary point of contact for detention leadership and staff. Manages referrals and coordinates staff scheduling and after hours coverage. Supports data collection, contract compliance, and program evaluation. Additionally, hold a reduced client caseload and provide timely, comprehensive mental health interventions, including screenings, assessments, counseling, crisis support, and other therapeutic supports, to young people within the juvenile detention facility using trauma-informed care and social justice and equity lenses.


Direct Clinical Work:

  • Meet with newly admitted youth within 24 hours to screen and assess for existing mental health needs and risks.

  • Complete comprehensive assessments and evaluations of each client using a culturally-attuned, bio-psycho-social approach.

  • Develop individualized, goal-oriented, and strengths-based treatment plans for each client agreeing to engage in therapy, utilizing variety of modalities including individual and group therapy, case management, substance use disorder counseling, recovery support, crisis management and safety planning, and other social/emotional supports.

  • In collaboration with detention staff and other health center members, create a therapeutic plan for each youth to ensure a coordinated, informed approach to youth.

  • Provide referrals to and collaborate with other health center and detention team members to ensure that the needs of all youth are met such as physical health, psychiatric treatment, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, psychological services, etc.

  • Use trauma-informed and antiracist strategies to engage youth and develop meaningful rapport.

  • Utilizing affect management and attunement techniques, provide skillful verbal de-escalation and support to youths in crisis. Complete crisis stabilization, de-escalation, harm assessments, and safety planning as needed.

Collaborative Teamwork:

  • Collaborate with Ryther colleagues, detention staff, detention health center providers, and other collateral contacts to identify youth who may benefit from therapeutic services.

  • When called upon, serve as part of a rapid response team in the event of emergency situations.

  • Coordinate with direct supervisor, detention staff, Children’s Crisis Outreach Services (CCORS), and King County Designated Crisis Responder (DCR) to provide urgent interventions for youth needing a higher level of care than what is available in detention.

  • Collaborate and work cooperatively with Ryther colleagues, JJAT staff, juvenile detention staff, juvenile court staff, in-patient facilities, and other systems involved with the client. Provide referrals and build new community relationships as necessary to meet clients’ mental health needs during detention and when transitioning back into the community.

  • Provide documentation, data, and feedback to supervisor as needed to complete contract-mandated reporting requirements and program evaluations.

  • Attend staff meetings, supervision, and mandatory trainings as required.

  • Participate in regular case consults, multi-disciplinary team meetings, and reviews to ensure each youth is getting the most effective treatment and necessary support.

  • In collaboration with Ryther colleagues and detention leadership, provide regular trainings for detention staff on relevant topics such as youth development, trauma-informed care, mental health, etc.

  • Follow all policies and procedures in the Ryther program manual as well as all expectations from King County juvenile detention staff, including complying with all safety and security protocols of the facility

Professional Requirements:

  • Complete all documentation in a timely and competent manner. Maintain all client records, including but not limited to therapy notes, treatment plans, assessment and screening documents, case management, discharge plans, etc., to agency, King County, licensing, and accreditation standards.

  • Maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries with youth, their families, co-workers, and community partners.

  • Maintain all necessary credentials per agency and licensing requirements.

  • Maintain a broad working knowledge of and positive relationships with culturally-relevant external community partners, such as SUD treatment providers, mental health providers, primary care providers, juvenile court and detention personnel, educational systems, and other meaningful referrals.

  • Demonstrate a high degree of skill in communication and positive interaction with all Ryther employees, prospective employees, external agencies/companies, referred youth and their families, and the community at large.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Leadership Requirements:

  • Provide direct clinical and administrative supervision to program staff.

  • Participate in hiring, onboarding, training, and correct action planning of assigned staff.

  • Collaborate with manager to ensure all staff receive annual performance appraisals, mandatory trainings, and

  • Ensure all staff maintain background checks, clearance paperwork, and other required credentials.

  • Lead the team in developing a therapeutic culture that is trauma-informed, anti-racist, and de-stigmatizing of mental health among the diverse populations served.

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for detention staff and leadership. Facilitates communication and collaboration between detention staff and Ryther management.

  • Collaborate with detention staff to develop and improve policies, procedures, and strategies for program evaluation and enhancement.

  • Lead the development and implementation of relevant training for Ryther Detention Team and detention staff.

  • Coordinate staff work hours and after-hours availability to ensure all contract requirements are met.

  • Participate in after-hours on-call rotation and be available for consultation with staff when needed.

  • Serve as part of the detention leadership team and attend regular meetings with detention management to ensure services are being delivered to program and contract expectations.


  • Interest and ability in working with justice system-involved youth, particularly those from marginalized groups, with mental health or substance use or co-occurring disorders.

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, or other relevant behavioral health field from an accredited university.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain relevant WA Department of Health license to provide behavioral health diagnosis and treatment (e.g. LICSWA, LMHCA, LMFTA, etc.).

  • Must be able to pass background check and clearance requirements for the juvenile detention facility as established by King County DAJD.

  • Ability to effectively provide clinical and administrative supervision to assigned staff.

  • Able to provide on-site, in-person services during all required work hours.

  • Knowledge of relevant treatment modalities, interventions, clinical assessment, documentation and community resources. Able to implement fundamental mental health principles, methods, and ethics.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a full caseload of clients with complex needs a provide accurate assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and evaluation of treatment progress.

  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain both client and employee confidentiality.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with multiple systems, in-house and externally.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of organization.

  • Willingness to learn new skills, treatment techniques, or program procedures based on changes in client and program needs, County policies, and new developments in behavioral health science.

  • Able to provide effective and efficient after-hours crisis support to detention staff and clients during assigned nights, weekends, and holidays in collaboration with supervisor and team.

  • Must comply with all public health and safety mandates and requirements as set forth by Ryther, King County, and public health officials.

  • ADA Requirements:

    • Ability to use the senses of sight and hearing to effectively carry out job responsibilities.​

    • Ability to perform a range of physical motions including but not limited to:

      • lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. occasionally​

      • standing, walking, sitting for extended periods of time

      • kneeling, squatting, and stooping

      • use of keyboard for typing or 10-key entry

    • Ability to use required equipment:

      • Telephone​

      • Copier

      • Computer


  • Full independent, clinical license such as LICSW, LMHC, LMFT, etc.

  • SUDP or SUDPT credential, or ability to obtain upon hire.

  • Proficiency in a language in addition to English relevant to the King County juvenile population.

  • Previous experience working directly with justice system-involved youth or other “at-risk” and marginalized populations.

  • Experience with or knowledge of restorative justice practices.


  • Commitment to the Purpose, Vision, and Values of the agency.

  • Accept and positively engage with people with a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices and ability and statuses.

  • Effectively manage own work while working within a team environment.

  • Adapt and respond effectively to change.

PAY: $99,000 - $105,000 per year


Full and part-time employees at Ryther enjoy a variety of competitive benefits including: 

  • Comprehensive Medical and Dental Coverage (We pay your medical deductible!)

  • Multiple Retirement Plan Options (403b tax deferred)

  • Generous Paid Leave Program (3 weeks paid vacation, 10 accrued sick days, 5 personal days, and paid holidays)

  • Life Insurance Coverage

  • Professional development funds

  • Ryther is a recognized and accredited non-profit (501c3) which qualifies for the federal public student loan forgiveness program

SUPERVISOR: TCT Program Manager

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