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Mental Health Professional (Residential Services) 

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 12/5/2017  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Kitsap Mental Health Services (Main Campus)  
Description

PURPOSE:
Provide for the therapeutic psychosocial care for those admitted to Residential Services (RS) by providing leadership in all aspects of the admission and treatment process: whole health psycho-education, liaison with WSH, AIU, and outpatient teams, and responsibility for an array of agency and unit-based work practices to ensure unit safety and effective practices.

HIGHLIGHTS OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Receive and organize admission of referrals for residency to RS in consultation with the RS Supervisor and Treatment Coordinator. Complete history review and appropriate intake interviews necessary to present the resident for admission to the RS clinical and administrative team.
  • Take a collaborative leadership role in leading the weekly RS clinical team meeting. Discuss and organize optimal approach for staff to maximizing value of the resident’s residential stay.
  • Attend and participate in various agency meetings by cooperatively and creatively problem solving how best to use the residential resources of RS.
  • Document in resident’s record observations, interventions and assessments of resident’s progress at RS to reflect relationship to the out patient care plan amendments. Update RS care plans as a resident’s condition or needs dictate.
  • Contact and develop cooperative relationships with all collateral contacts that assist in development of the individualized residential plan including while acting as the resident’s psychosocial advocate to all parties involved directly or indirectly in the resident’s stay at RS.
  • Monitor and advise clinical team for when a resident is nearing the maximum benefit of RS and return to the community would be in the best interest of the client. Assist in developing a timely and supportive discharge of resident back into the community.
  • Coordinate referrals for assessment to co-occurring disorder treatment programs when appropriate to the resident’s recovery readiness.
  • Conduct at least one group meeting per day for all residents who are appropriate. Act as coordinator of all other resident groups, working in conjunction with the Peer Support Specialist, nurse and program supervisor.
  • Assist in crisis de-escalation and stabilization of residents as appropriate, documenting such contacts daily.
  • Routinely assess resident and staff safety including potential for harm of self, others or to unit property. Take timely and effective corrective action in accordance with established agency policies and practices.
  • Maintain and submit records and documentation to meet the regulatory, agency and funding source requirements.
  • Regularly observe effect of current policies and inform Clinical Supervisor of deficiencies in the program, suggest special projects that may benefit unit and agency.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.

 
Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in related field with two years’ appropriate clinical experience in providing services to individuals and families; experience in therapeutic residential treatment setting highly preferred. Experience with the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and co-occurring substance use disorders is preferred. Proficiency with computer keyboarding and MS Word is required.

PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to stand, sit, use hands and fingers, reach with hands and arms, talk or listen and lift up to 50 pounds. Peripheral vision is also required for this position. A fair degree of flexibility and strength is required in this position due to the infrequent, yet essential, use of one’s body in the temporary physical restraint of some residents.

 
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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