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Residential Counselor - Nights 

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 2/13/2018  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Nights  
Location Kitsap Mental Health Services (Main Campus)  

Provide clinical assistance and management services for residents of Keller House, as assigned and assume responsibilities for services of assigned clients. Keller residents suffer from severe impairment in psychosocial functioning and treatment, which cannot be safely provided in a less restrictive environment.


  • Assist in providing a therapeutic environment in accordance with agency treatment philosophy, program goals and activities.
  • Complete assigned responsibilities of the shift through working together with the other residential counselor and/or on-call staff. Work to keep the unit and staff work areas clean and tidy.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative professional relationships and communications with all staff.
  • Work to provide great customer service and stabilization/transition/support services to clients.
  • Report, as needed, with Crisis Response Team (CRT) and clinical supervision staff salient observations of the client's mental status; conditions which may result in the client, staff or others being at risk; indications of continuing deterioration of the client's mental stability or indications of improvement such that unit level of services is no longer needed.
  • Maintain client safety and responsibility for knowing whereabouts of clients, including taking appropriate action when clients are missing, ill, injured or otherwise physically and/or psychiatrically impaired. Call security when backup is needed.
  • Document specifically, using client voice whenever interactions and any unusual events take place on NOC shift. Provide timely appropriate documentation of unusual events on incident reports and consult with appropriate agency personnel regarding the required course of action.
  • Provide professional thorough communication of information between shifts regarding residents and program operations.
  • Maintain and add appropriate clinical records including: setting up electronic daily notes with posted treatment and behavior goals, admissions, assessments, treatment plan implementation, monitoring Activities of Daily Living (ADL) skills, enforcing individual contracts/LRAs, daily charting and discharges as required.
  • Coordinate and lead resident activities during shift as defined by the residential treatment plan and program goals for each resident. This may include supervision and care of all residents, leading groups, and skills-building with individual residents.
  • Actively participate in Residential Services team improvement and attend all staff meetings. Participate in required training for KMHS staff. Read Treatment Notes regarding appropriate clinical issues specific to resident(s) and appropriate treatment issues.
  • Assure completion and submission of all required paperwork, statistical reporting and charting activities in an accurate and timely manner to satisfy agency, statutory, regulatory and funding requirements
  • Perform random UAs and test for ETOH use and provide medication services to clients in accordance with program procedures and Washington Administrative Codes (WACs) as appropriate.
  • Participate positively and creatively in the performance of routine shift functions, including food preparation, food inventory, cleaning, and the maintenance of a safe and healthy environment.
  • As appropriate, model, direct, assist and teach residents in home and independent living skills according to program requirements and individual treatment goals.
  • Arrange for supplemental/substitute staff coverage per unit guidelines including getting supervisory approval as necessary.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.
Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Associate's degree in social sciences or related field and one year experience working with the chronically mentally ill population, or an equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.  Residential experience preferred.  

PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS:  While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, talk or listen, and lift up to 25 pounds. This position also requires the ability to physically assist clients who may be physically disabled.

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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