Crisis Mental Health Specialist - MA Level

GENERAL SUMMARY 

The Sound Crisis Services Team is a community-based program that provides primary phone support and crisis assessment and stabilization for Sound clients and contracted agencies. 

The Crisis Mental Health Specialist is responsible for safety planning, assessment, and care coordination for clients experiencing psychiatric crisis. Additionally, this role provides consultation to emergency services, other professionals, and community partners interfacing with Sound Clients.

An outstanding applicant will have:

  • Extensive suicide-prevention and crisis de-escalation experience
  • An advanced understanding of duty-to-warn and mandated reporting guidelines
  • Experience with Adult Mental Health Assessments and Diagnosis
  • The ability to assess the need for psychiatric hospitalization in a variety of clinical situations

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES

  • Provide, direct services and/or internal and external organization referrals for clients.
  • Develop treatment plans and maintain accurate and timely clinical records according to organization policy.
  • Prepare and incorporate necessary reports, summaries and progress notes into client's charts as part of clinical records.
  • Perform consultation and liaison duties with other agencies and resources on behalf of the client.
  • Assist client to remain stable in the community, thereby reducing the use of hospitals or involuntary treatment services.
  • Inquire about medication regimes and treatment compliance.
  • Monitor utilization of services and the success of outcome measures.
  • Maintain ethical and competent client and professional relationships in the delivery of service.
  • Relate to others in a professional manner, respectful of individual and cultural differences.
  • Participate in team member meetings, consultations, case presentations and in-service training. 
  • Participate in ongoing program development and assessment.
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state and county laws and regulations, Sound policies and procedures and all safety regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Understand recovery concepts in behavioral health.
  • Apply recovery concepts, as appropriate to his/her work at Sound.
  • Synthesize and demonstrate recovery concepts in his/her work at Sound.

Benefits of working with the Sound Crisis Team:

  • Weekly clinical supervision by an approved LICSW or LMHC supervisor
  • Opportunity to develop expertise in crisis response
  • Work on a team committed to providing mutual support and maintaining a positive, friendly work environment

KEY WORK RELATIONSHIPS

Establishes and maintains positive, ethical, and professional working relationships with all team members, clients, vendors, and other professionals.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Requires at least a Master's degree in social work, psychology, or a counseling-related field, with a strong emphasis on working with families and community agencies. 
  • A minimum of one year of clinical experience as a clinician or case manager and demonstrated skills in clinical assessment and treatment plans, preferred. 
  •  Bachelor's degree in a therapeutic field considered with at least 2 years of experience in crisis intervention

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS

  • Understanding of individual therapy, group therapy and/or case management approach to provide services. 
  • Good working knowledge of resources. 
  • Familiarity with state and local health delivery systems, including knowledge of various funding principles and clinical services mandates. 
  • Work independently, to learn new tasks and skills quickly, to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and to manage a crisis effectively. 
  • Capacity to appreciate and work well with the complex and diverse population.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS

  • Must pass a criminal background check. 
  • Must have WA state driver's license and insurable driving record. 
  • Must be able to obtain a WA State Agency Affiliated Counselor credential.
  • Prefer WA State licensure and/or WAC 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

To successfully perform the essential duties of this position, an individual must be able to sit at a desk for six or more hours a day, and use office equipment, including phones and computer keyboards, for six or more hours per day. Individuals must be able to engage vendors, team members, clients and others over the phone and in-person by voice. Regular attendance is an essential function of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities to perform essential position functions.

LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMER 

The above position description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work performed; it is not intended as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and required skills for the position. Team members will be required to follow any other position-related instructions and to perform other duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State laws. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities necessary to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an ?at-will? basis.

Send letter of interest, resume and salary history to: Recruitment@Sound.Health