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Children's Long-Term Inpatient Program Coordinator/Intake Clinician 

About the Organization KMHS is Kitsap's nonprofit, designated community mental health provider for adults with acute and/or chronic serious mental illnesses, and children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. During 2016, KMHS provided services to more than 6,800 children and adults.

On WA's beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, offers easy access to both the pristine wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula and the big-city lights and culture of Seattle. We offer competitive salary, benefits & a positive work environment.

Inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services offer evidence-based treatment, using trauma informed care to help people reach their recovery goals. We offer whole person care through mental health and substance use treatment and care management, close care coordination with on-campus and community-based primary care providers, and with partner PCHS, now offer dental care to KMHS clients and the community. Many community partners assure people receive behavioral health care in the right place, in the right way, at the right time. Together we are weaving a web that connects emergency room and hospitals, substance abuse treatment, and primary care providers; creates partnerships for early intervention at home and school, supports multiple law enforcement, jail, and justice endeavors, and works to ensure housing, food, and other social supports together with social service agencies and community collaborations.

The Kitsap Mental Health Services community fosters a culture of hope and empowerment through a safe, welcoming environment, compassionate relationships, and a commitment to respecting life experiences.

KMHS is a tobacco/smoke-free and scent-free facility  
Category Social Services  
Open Date 7/19/2017  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Kitsap Mental Health Services (Main Campus)  

Serve as gatekeeper for Children’s Long Term Inpatient Care (CLIP) for Kitsap County and as a liaison between the County and the statewide CLIP committee. Coordinate a continuum of treatment services for seriously emotionally disturbed children and their families upon discharge from CLIP or community hospitals. Staff and facilitate the CLIP multi-disciplinary team and assistance to referents and providers regarding quality, collaboration, and efficiency. To participate in Youth Inpatient Unit Team meetings to identify children who may be entering CLIP and develop diversion plans for those who can be served in a less restrictive setting.  To participate in monthly team meetings for each client in a CLIP facility. Facilitate intake and situation-specific evaluation and referral services for clients in a community mental health setting. Provide services to Salish Behavioral Health Organization (SBHO) consumers transitioning to and from other inpatient psychiatric facilities.


  • Provide structure and process for the CLIP multi-disciplinary team under the guidance of the Salish Behavioral Health Organization (SBHO). Staff and facilitate system collaboration with the CLIP multi-disciplinary team, including liaison services between Kitsap County and the statewide CLIP committee. If needed, provide consultation and education for staff, in Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam Counties, regarding the CLIP process and children services.
  • Serve as the gatekeeper, in coordination with the SBHO Children’s Services Manager, to children’s long-term inpatient programs for Kitsap County.  
  • Work closely with KMHS Resource Management and community professionals on resource options. 
  • Provide consultation, training, and education to child serving systems and the community on the role of the team, available resources, clinical issues, and access guidance and procedures. Collaborate with schools, social service agencies, and other providers to ensure continuity and quality of care. Be available to identify system concerns and assist in developing appropriate interventions.  
  • Develop and maintain a strong working knowledge of all local child-serving agencies including DSHS, mental health, schools, juvenile court, inpatient/residential treatment facilities.
  • Work closely with the YIU therapists and Manager to track children who receive a 180 day ITA.  Monitor LRAs for children without assigned KMHS clinician. 
  • Facilitate communication between KMHS care coordinators and community hospital staff to ensure treatment continuity and successful reintegration into the community.
  • Work collaboratively with community hospitals staff including psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and other hospital staff. Work closely, as needed, with family members and advocacy support groups toward reintegration into the community.
  • Track admits, transfers, discharges for all hospitalizations. Monitor community hospital census to avoid over utilization. Apprise resource management of community hospitals census. Submit quarterly reports summarizing inpatient utilization at community hospitals to RSN. Enter discharge/LR information into the KMH computer system.
  • Collaborate with Salish Behavioral Health Organization (SBHO). Understand and abide by all agreements and contracts between KMHS, SBHO, and community hospitals.
  • Provide liaison services in accordance with community hospital/SBHO working agreement. Understand funding sources and implications regarding use of community hospitals. Participate in the formulation of working agreement as requested. Provide liaison services, as needed, for community hospitalizations.
  • Provide clinical interview and assessment with clients requesting services using Access to Care Standards and current DSM.
  • Request, gather, and coordinate information from all sources on prospective clients in order to facilitate appropriate treatment decisions.
  • Provide crisis intervention as indicated by client need during the intake process.
  • Provide information and referral to clients not accepted into services. Recommend clients to other agency services as indicated and provide direction to service providers regarding aspects of care to be managed.
  • Maintain acceptable productivity standards as determined by the program.
  • Document all clinical services thoroughly and accurately and submit all documentation in a timely manner per agency policy and contractual/WAC requirements.
  • Demonstrate ability to work efficiently and effectively in a managed care environment, organizing workload by prioritizing and managing multiple tasks.  Maintain acceptable direct service standards as determined by supervisor and/or agency requirements.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of psychotropic medications and their side effects and report any relevant observations to medical personnel.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of current intake and treatment approaches for clients with co-occurring disorders.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the following treatment approaches and techniques:   Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Stages of Change, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written skills. Complete and maintain all required appropriate clinical and administrative records in a timely manner, including submission of required paperwork at KMHS and community hospitals within guidelines.
  • Use computer system to organize information regarding local child-serving agencies for easy reference.
  • Implement the administrative and clinical policies of KMHS as appropriate.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.
Position Requirements

Master’s degree in social sciences.  Two years relevant experience working with families and children. Preferred experience with in depth knowledge of local child-serving systems and organizations; outstanding communication abilities; collaboration and administrative skills; high degree of professional acumen; knowledge of family centered practice and individualized and tailored care principles; knowledge of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; ability to analyze and interpret findings, perform site reviews, prepare comprehensive reports and conduct public presentations.  Must be a Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) or be able to obtain credential prior to start date.  Licensed in Washington State (LICSW, LMFT or LMHC) preferred.  A good knowledge of community resources for children is helpful.  Must have knowledge, skills and experience with computer programs. Must have a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.

*All employees that drive personal vehicles for daily job functions must provide proof of auto liability insurance of a 100/300 policy upon the first day of employment, maintain required coverage amounts and provide ongoing documentation of continuous coverage.


Salary DOE  
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