Job Overview


NOTE: This position is in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and you will be referred as a Commissioned Corps personnel and not as a candidate to a permanent GS career or career-conditional appointment. This USPHS position is being filled at the rank of Lieutenant Commander (O-4).


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

The ICE Health Services Corps (IHSC) exists within the organizational structure of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers, civil service staff and contractors comprise the healthcare professionals working together to provide quality healthcare services.

***These Positions are open for Commissioned Corps officers only***



1. Interpretation and translation activities within the scope of the employees’ duties.

2. Assess these employees’ language abilities to ensure their competency to perform language services for particular duties; and describe plans for enhancing employees’ language abilities.

3. Provides psychological assessment and evaluation of detainees.

4. Provides appropriate referral to outside treatment facilities for those cases of extremely severe mental disturbance.

5. Provides referral, identification, and evaluation for those identified as having a significant mental illness using Mental Health Review Form (IHSC-883).

6. Provides on site counseling, psychotherapy, behavioral analysis, substance abuse education, and therapy as required.

7. Possesses a high level of skill in assessing, recognizing, and treating problems of adjustment, and maladaptive behavior or other conditions which interfere with successful treatment; referring such detainees to the appropriate mental health facility for intensive mental health care.

8. Determines the need for and provide direct mental health services to detainees with identified mental health and substance abuse problems utilizing psycho educational and treatment modalities as appropriate in the treatment of mental disorders.

9. Will assist the Clinical Director/designees in providing orientation and guidance to medical staff on Detoxification of Chemically Dependent detainees and actions to take if a detainee is suspected of being chemically dependent on drugs or alcohol upon intake or during custody.

10. Reports status to a physician or psychiatrist if the expected outcome of drug therapy is not being achieved.

11. Utilizes the multi-disciplinary approach in the treatment planning process for detainees identified with mental health problems.

12. Provides consultation to medical, ICE, contract staff regarding issues that include, but are not limited to risk assessment for violence, housing recommendations for handling difficult, demanding, and mentally ill detainees.

13. Serves as a mental health and substance abuse consultant to other health professionals at the facility.

14. Provides education and training to ICE and medical staff in the area of mental health to include, but not limited to, suicide prevention, hunger strike, abuse and neglect and victims of torture.

15. Facilitates contacts between the detainee patient and his/her social support systems.

16. Establishes and maintains liaison with other health services professionals and mental health organizations.

17. Assists in preparation towards accreditation/compliance.

18. Assists the local performance improvement coordinator in completion of clinical performance improvement activities/risk identification and management directly related to mental health.

19. Participates in the local performance improvement committee.

20. Provide radiological services; these services will be primarily to conduct tuberculosis surveillance i.e. digital single view chest x-rays.

21. Performs other collateral duties as assigned.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Optional

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • must meet travel regulations