Master's Clinical Counselor (Criminal Justice Mental Health Liaison) Knox

Help Others, Make a Difference, Save a Life.

The McNabb Center is the region's leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual's "Well Mind, Well Being," we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood.

Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: Master's Level Criminal Justice Mental Health Liaison

The Ideal Master's Level Criminal Justice Mental Health Liaison is responsible for providing comprehensive mental health and alcohol and drug assessment, encouraging treatment, providing necessary connections to treatment, and working directly with the criminal justice system to create an effective release plan. Provide information and referral, agency linkage, advocacy, and follow-up services by selecting an appropriate Criminal Justice Case Manager when necessary. Attend court to ensure alternative sentencing plans are implemented.  Provides direct service delivery in multiple jails and courts within flexible hours, develops and implements appropriate treatment planning, provides crisis intervention and emergency services, interacts, coordinates and navigates with law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies, as well as utilizes center-wide and community resources as needed for client benefit.  Provide mental health, substance use, suicide prevention, and crisis de-escalation training to local law enforcement when requested.

COMPENSATION: Starting salary for this position is approximately $42,980/yr based on relevant experience and education.

Schedule: Requires flexibility to meet the needs of service recipient and attend court dates.

Travel: Mostly limited to Knox County with the rare potential for travel to surrounding counties.

Equipment/Technology: Must possess basic computer skills along with the ability to learn how to successfully navigate the electronic medical record and use a Center issued cell phone.

QUALIFICATIONS - Criminal Justice Mental Health Liaison


  • Must have a Master's degree from an accredited school of Social Work or related field, preferably LMSW or LCSW eligible

Experience / Knowledge:

  • Experience with substance abuse treatment/services. Knowledge in community services and advocacy. Prior experience in the criminal justice/corrections and judicial system helpful.


  • Minimal exposure to biological hazards.
  • Frequent exposure to unpleasant odors.
  • Hearing of normal and soft tones.
  • Close eye work.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Pushing/pulling up to 150 lbs.
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching.
  • CPR and First Aid certification required.
  • Required to be certified in and adequately implement verbal de-escalation techniques.
  • Applicants should possess the ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity. 
  • Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation. 
  • Clinical staff members must possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients.

The McNabb Center ( is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

MC is an EOE. MC conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.