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Class Code: 347E
Category: Social Services

Class Series Concept

Positions in this series are located at the Special Commitment Center (SCC), which is operated by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). This facility provides specialized treatment for sexually violent predators who have completed their prison terms, but are still deemed by the courts as too dangerous to be released to society. These residents are committed by the courts to the care of DSHS under RCW 71.09.


The Residential Rehabilitation Counselors (RRC) participate as  members of a multi-disciplinary team in the implementation and maintenance of the therapeutic environment or milieu through effective implementation of treatment plans, proactive interventions, one-on-one engagements, observations, and the monitoring and tracking of residents’ behaviors.

A therapeutic environment or milieu is a treatment setting where all activities and interactions are based on therapeutic practice for the purpose of supporting the individual in his or her treatment. The environment is created by the professionals working in it and is defined by concepts such as creating safe and restorative physical surroundings, engaging residents in treatment activities and providing services in a manner that is respectful of human dignity.


In a training capacity, assists Residential Rehabilitation Counselors in the specialized care and treatment of SCC residents. Participates, in a learning capacity, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in the implementation of the therapeutic environment. Completes documentation to include observation reports, progress notes, behavioral tracking spreadsheets, incident reports and behavior management reports.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is an in-training class. Work performed at this level is conducted under close supervision. Incumbents are assigned progressively more responsible duties as they gain experience and complete assigned training activities such as: implementation of behavior management procedures and/or crisis intervention; specific security/safety duties; and current institutional policies and procedures.

Typical Work

Under the guidance of the Residential Rehabilitation Counselor 3 or Residential Rehabilitation Counselor 4, observes residents for unusual or significant behavior; completes relevant forms, paperwork, and charting;


Receives training in the implementation of behavior management procedures and/or crisis intervention when a resident is violent, suicidal or having behavioral difficulties;


Receives training in specific security/safety duties to maintain comfort for residents in housing and treatment area; operates electronic communication and security equipment and systems in unit control booth;


Assists in the inspection of residents’ rooms for cleanliness and comfort; searches rooms and persons for contraband;


Participates in inter-shift and multi-disciplinary team meetings;


Participates in small group activities and individual interventions with a more experienced RRC;


Receives training in current institutional policies and procedures;


Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  objectives of behavioral interventions; personal hygiene and sanitation. 


Ability to:  work effectively with other staff; keep routine records; provide assistance in carrying out planned instructions and treatment programs; learn skills necessary in caring for residents, who have psychiatric diagnosis and extensive criminal histories; observe and learn habits and attitudes of residents; recognize problems which should be referred to supervisor; follow oral and written instructions. 

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation or GED.

Class Specification History

New class: 9-14-95
Salary adjustment, revise class code; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Add class concepts, revise definition, distinguishing characteristics, desirable qualifications, typical work; adopted June 30, 2017; effective July 1, 2017.