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Job Description and Duties

Under the general supervision of the Forensic Needs Assessment Team (FNAT) Supervisor and the Chief Community Clinical Consultation and Implementation within the DSH Clinical Operations Division, the FNAT Psychologist serves as a consultant to the Enhanced Treatment Program (ETP) treatment team.

The FNAT Psychologist will conduct forensic assessments and violence risk assessments of patients who are considered for, or receiving, treatment in DSH’s Enhanced Treatment Program. Additionally, the FNAT Psychologist will work in collaboration with the ETP treatment team to address other assessment needs of patients at highest risk for violence. The FNAT Psychologist complete violence risk screenings, comprehensive violence risk assessments, and quarterly violence risk updates. Integrate results as well as risk management strategies into patient treatment plan.

The FNAT Psychologist continuously collaborates with the ETP treatment team by attending team conferences, providing additional assessments as needed, and communicating patient progress to other stakeholders. The FNAT Psychologist participates in data collection, analysis and reporting writing for ETP program analysis and other research projects.

This position can be located at any of the following facilities:
  • Atascadero State Hospital - San Luis Obispo County
  • Coalinga State Hospital - Fresno County
  • Metropolitan State Hospital - Los Angeles County
  • Napa State Hospital - Napa County
  • Patton State Hospital - San Bernardino County

In order to be considered for this job vacancy, you must satisfy one of the following requirements:
1. BE LIST ELIGIBLE: Successfully complete the competitive State civil service exam pertaining to this classification at this link: Senior Psychologist (Health Facility) (Specialist) Exam Bulletin OR
2. BE TRANSFER ELIGIBLE: Have current employment with the State of California in the same classification or in a classification that is comparable (employees who wish to be considered based on transfer eligibility must meet the minimum qualifications of the classification per DPA Rule 250), OR
3. BE REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBLE: Have obtained previous permanent employment with the State of California in the same classification or in a classification that is comparable.

***If you need to be LIST ELIGIBLE, you must submit one application to the preferred address location listed on the above Exam Bulletin and follow the directions in the Exam Bulletin and one application to this job control for the actual position.***

To view and/or obtain a copy of the duty statement, please click on the "Duty Statement" link on this webpage.
You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

  • Up to 45% of the essential functions of this position may be performed via telework and/or with flexible scheduling. Consistent with Policy Directive 5338, Telework may be considered with prior approval from management. If approved, incumbent is expected to provide in-office coverage on a rotational basis, and attend a variety of face-to-face meetings, and/or may travel throughout California as needed, with prior notice.
  • Travel of up to 20% to DSH facilities for completion of violence risk assessments is expected.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

 Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-330677
Position #(s): 455-655-9839-002
Working Title: FNAT Psychologist
$9,958.00 - $11,651.00 U
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: United States
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

 Department Information

Department of State Hospitals
1215 O Street, MS 17
Sacramento, CA 95814

The mission of the Department of State Hospitals is to provide evaluation and treatment in a safe and responsible manner, seeking innovation and excellence in hospital operations, across a continuum of care and settings.
Department Website:

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.
***Due to the Governor’s State of Emergency most staff are teleworking. While US mail applications are still accepted, applying electronically through your CalCareers account is strongly encouraged.***

Candidates who reside outside of the State of California may be admitted to the job interview. However, upon job offer candidates must provide proof of residence in California prior to their appointment becoming effective, or the offer may be rescinded.

NOTE:  Please do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (page 10) with your completed State Application (STD 678). This page is for examination use only.

Appointment is subject to the provisions of the SROA process: SROA/SURPLUS/ REEMPLOYMENT candidates are encouraged to apply and must attach a copy of their status letter in order to be considered.

Interested applicants who wish to mail their application must submit: a completed Standard State Application (Form STD. 678) with an original signature, to the contact/address listed below. You must clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility (i.e., list, transfer, SROA/Surplus, reinstatement, etc.), classification title, position number, and job control number in the Examination/Job Title section.

Applicants who do not indicate the required information may be disqualified.
Failure to complete the standard 678 in its entirety may result in disqualification.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.
Final Filing Date: 10/6/2022
Who May Apply
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).
How To Apply
Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:
Address for Mailing Application Packages
You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:
 Department of State Hospitals
Attn: Jennifer Almendra
1215 O Street, MS 17

Sacramento, CA 95814
Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
 Department of State Hospitals
Jennifer Almendra
1215 O Street, MS 17

Sacramento, CA 95814
Application drop off locations may be non-operational during weekends and holidays.
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Required Application Package Documents
The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Copy of earned Doctorate Degree in Psychology from an educational institution meeting the criteria of Section 2914 of the Medical Board of California's Business and Professions Code.
  • Other - Letter of Interest
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Possession of a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology. 


Please see the California Department of Human Resources website at: for further information on state employee's benefits.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.
Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Jennifer Almendra
(916) 562-3781
Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.
EEO Contact:
Office of Human Rights
(916) 573-2727
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Proof of Vaccination Status Information

All Hospital Locations:
Effective October 1, 2021, in accordance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) State Public Health Order of August 5, 2021, all workforce members in DSH state hospitals are required to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination regimen. Prior to your first day, you will be required to fill out a COVID-19 Vaccination Consent Form.

Effective March 1, 2022, in accordance with CDPH State Public Health Order of December 22, 2021, hospital workforce members currently eligible for booster doses must have received their booster dose.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you must provide evidence of vaccination prior to your start date.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you have the option to receive a vaccine from one of the State Hospitals prior to your start date.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and choose to complete a request for an exemption, you must submit this exemption and receive approval prior to your start date.
  • If you are not yet eligible for a booster, you must be in compliance no later than 15 days after the recommended timeframe for receiving the booster dose.
Please note that start dates will be dependent upon if and when proof of vaccination or exemption requirements are submitted timely and approved.
Face Coverings
While working on-site, employees must follow current face covering guidance as issued by CDPH.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.
It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.