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Psychiatric Hospital Liaison & Discharge Planner/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 8/17/2017  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Kitsap Mental Health Services (Main Campus)  
Description

PURPOSE:
Provide services to Salish Behavioral Health Organization (SBHO) consumers transitioning to and from Western State Hospital and other inpatient psychiatric facilities.
Facilitate intake and situation-specific evaluation and referral services for clients in a community mental health setting.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Visit Western State Hospital (WSH) on a weekly basis. Meet with WSH residents who are Kitsap residents, as needed for assessment and discharge planning and a minimum of every 90 days for long term patients.
  • Attend at WSH, all WSH regional liaison meetings. Attend treatment team meetings at KMHS and WSH as necessary. Coordinate case staffing when required.
  • Work closely with KMHS Resource Management and community professionals on resource options.
  • Facilitate communication between KMHS care coordinators and community hospital staff to ensure treatment continuity and successful reintegration into the community.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the use of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Possess the ability and knowledge necessary to work effectively with complex cases involving multiple diagnoses, substance abuse issues, and medical conditions.
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written skills. Submit required paperwork at KMHS and WSH within guidelines.
  • Work collaboratively with community hospitals and WSH 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.
  • Work closely with the hospital staff to track adults who receive a 90 day ITA. Monitor LRAs for adults without assigned KMHS clinician.
  • Collaborate with Salish Behavioral Health Organization (SBHO). Understand and abide by all agreements and contracts between KMHS, SBHO, and WSH.
  • Provide liaison services in accordance with WSH / SBHO working agreement. Participate in the formulation of working agreement as requested. Provide liaison services, as needed, for community hospitalizations.
  • Understand funding sources and implications regarding use of WSH and community hospitals.
  • Establish and maintain effective and positive relationships with KMHS staff, collaborating with staff frequently on the best treatment plan strategies for community reintegration. Appraise resource management work group of barriers to reintegration. Co-ordinate with KMHS treatment coordinators in relation to the WSH intent to discharge clients.
  • Facilitate communication between KMHS treatment coordinators and WSH staff to ensure treatment continuity and successful reintegration into the community.
  • Attend resource management meetings at KMHS on a routine basis.
  • Collaborate with Access and Assessment and Resource Management to provide timely intake into services. Perform necessary intakes and assessments for WSH residents. Arrange screenings and intakes for community hospital placements.
  • Track admits, transfers, discharges for all hospitalizations. Monitor WSH census to avoid over utilization. Apprise resource management of WSH census. Submit quarterly reports summarizing impatient utilization at WSH to SBHO. Enter discharge/LR information into the KMHS computer system.
  • 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.
  • 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 with two years relevant clinical experience. Preferred experience with in depth knowledge of inpatient psych case management; outstanding communication abilities; collaboration and administrative skills; high degree of professional acumen; 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. A good knowledge of community resources is helpful. Must have knowledge, skills and experience with computer programs. Must have a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle. Ability to travel to WSH on a weekly basis.

 
Salary DOE  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, marital status, age, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability.
 

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