PURPOSE:Assure the continuity of emergency mental health services to the residents and visitors of Kitsap County, as per the provision of state and RSN mandated crisis services, including DMHP duties.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:General1. Ensures the respect and dignity to the consumer, the consumer’s personal supports, and community professionals, keeping in mind individual consumer needs, and special population concerns;2. As a mental health professional, staff will represent the agency and the profession in a manner that is courteous, helpful, ethical, thorough, highly skilled and collaborative with individuals, community, intra and interagency contacts;3. This position requires the action of crisis responder including planning, assessment and evaluation, intervention, crisis resolution and disposition;4. This position requires the action of consultant and trainer to individuals, community, intra and interagency contacts;5. Function as a DMHP as defined by the Involuntary Treatment Act of Washington State and the DMHP State Protocols. The DMHP must also be able to provide support when called upon for further ITA and LRO court proceedings;Planning6. Effectively and appropriately conducting investigations that utilize available clinical and non-clinical information prior to evaluation including but not necessarily limited to ProFiler, W.A.T.C.H., Provider 1, the chart and input from referring parties.7. Evaluate and receive information from credible and other resources in planning; interact respectfully with those referrals in formulating appropriate response.8. Ensure the safety of consumers and the community, calling upon emergency services or other resources as indicated.9. Demonstrate and understand personal safety issues, precautions, available supports, and protocols for keeping clinicians and consumers safe, in face-to-face services.Assessment10. Maintain an in-depth knowledge of, and demonstrate a high level of competency in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, chemical dependency/abuse, behavioral, and situational crises.11. Conduct thorough, timely, and effective investigations, collaborating and consulting with consumer’s natural and professional supports, gathering information, eliciting input and opinion.12. Maintain and uphold clinical objectivity, in a highly emotive atmosphere, taking on the role as leader in organizing and responding to an identified crisis.13. Maintain and effectively utilize a thorough knowledge of crisis theory, mental status field examinations and risk assessment techniques.14. Maintain an up to date, working knowledge of common medication, street drugs and their side-effects.15. Identify and contextually inter-relate the behavior with the precipitant to the crisis.Intervention16. Effectively utilize de-escalation techniques.17. Effectively utilize techniques to communicate with acutely mentally ill individuals.18. Effectively utilize techniques to establish rapport with consumers, their families and other collaterals.19. Provide education to family members or other collaterals when appropriate20. Effectively utilize techniques for maintaining self control and control of the interview.Disposition21. Demonstrate ability to create alternatives to hospitalizations and to develop safe and appropriate action plans.22. Make effective use of community resources; access state resources when appropriate; facilitate referrals.23. Maintain and demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of the services offered at KMHS in order to facilitate referrals.24. Maintain and demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of WA State ITA law and DMHP protocols.25. Ensure that financial information be utilized in matching appropriate facilities and service providers.26. Provide timely and relevant information to clinical staff in the process of placement to consumers in residential settings and update KMHS outpatient service providers.Post-Episode27. Identify opportunities and facilitate educative follow-ups with client, family members, and other collaterals.28. Demonstrate an openness to processing one’s work in a manner that is conducive to professional and personal growth through the utilization of both clinical supervision and peer support.Documentation29. Documentation including log book entries is to be complete and submitted by the end of each shift.30. Documentation is to be legible, concise and organized with clear rationale for decisions/dispositions.31. Provide well executed court paperwork that is legible, concise and organized with clear rationale pertaining to 1) evidence of a mental disorder, 2) evidence of danger/grave disability 3) description of least restrictives attempted. 32. Provide prepared, clear and decisive court testimony when called as a witness.Consultation33. Effectively interact with KMHS personnel and other care givers in manner that is educative, professionally curious and supportive.34. Provide MHP consultation to the Crisis Clinic35. Provide training as called upon to the community on crisis intervention, suicide prevention, risk assessment and mental health systems.Team Work36. Participate as a contributing member of the CRT team by attending monthly meetings and following the unit and agency’s policies and procedures.37. Participate as a contributing member of KMHS, identifying areas of operation that could enhance our efficiency and effectiveness.Other38. In addition to the above, any other responsibilities clinically appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s level degree in counseling/social sciences. Two years of postgraduate, documented, supervised clinical experience with the chronically mentally ill or emotionally disturbed consumers preferred. Ability to manage assaultive clients. Valid driver's license and available transportation. Excellent interpersonal and verbal skills. Must be able to effectively document using both handwriting and agency recognized computer word processing formats. Qualified as a DMHP in Kitsap County.
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.
PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to walk, sit, talk or listen. A fair degree of flexibility and strength is required to assist in the infrequent, yet essential organized “take downs” on KMHS campus. This may require lifting more than 40 pounds. This position requires the ability to react quickly and perceive environmental stimuli accurately. The ability to physically flee a situation and/or defend oneself against assault is strongly recommended.
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