Easterseals UCP is a nonprofit service provider with over 20 different service lines. We manage residential group home program, summer camps for children with IDD and autism, find employment for people with mental and psychical disabilities, afterschool programs, adoption and foster services, crisis services, among many others. As an organization, we have been active for over 100 years and are ever-growing to continue to serve as many individuals in the community as we can.
One of our service lines is our Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT).
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a full spectrum, long-term, community-based treatment model for adults with severe and persistent mental health needs that have not been adequately treated by more traditional treatment services.
Team members help the person address every aspect of their life, whether it be medication, therapy, social support, employment or housing.
Assertive Community Treatment is an evidence-based, treatment approach that involves a high level of coordinated care and supports men and women to manage their mental health challenges and live independently.
We are looking to grow our teams with talented people and achieve great things together!
Position Summary: The purpose of this position is to assist and support supported individuals of ACTT in the development of skills, behaviors, responsibilities, and supports needed to live, learn, work, and be integrated into the community with the greatest possible degree of self-determination and independence. This person will provide nursing services including administration and monitoring of medication, nursing assessments, and interventions. Under the direction of the team psychiatrist, the nurse will develop, revise, and maintain medication protocols, policies, and procedures. The nurse will record and administer psychotropic medications prescribed by the team psychiatrist. The nurse will evaluate and chart psychotropic medication effectiveness, complications, and side effects.
- Are licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of North Carolina and possess the clinical skills and experience to assess, plan, develop, coordinate and provide treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for individuals.
- Have at least 1-year experience working in a Mental Health field
- Able to work as a close member of the ACT team which includes a Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor, Mental Health Nurse, and other professional and paraprofessional staff.
Essential Job Functions:
- Manages the medication system in conjunction with the psychiatrist, administers and documents medication treatment.
- Screens and monitors the individual for medical problems and side effects.
- Engages in health promotion, prevention, and education activities.
- With the individual’s agreement, develops strategies to maximize taking medications as prescribed. (e.g., reviewing home environment to find cues to remind beneficiary to take medications; work with an individual and psychiatric care provider to scale back the number of times medications are taking each day).
- Communicating and coordinating services with other medical providers.
- Educating the team in monitoring psychiatric symptoms and medication side-effects.
- Functions as a practicing clinician on ACT Team
- Provides structured face-to-face scheduled therapeutic interventions to provide support and guidance in all areas of functional domains: psychosocial rehabilitative interventions, case coordination, adaptive, communication, personal care, domestic, psychosocial, problem solving, etc. in preventing, overcoming, or managing the recipient's level of functioning and enhancing his/her ability to remain in the community.
- Makes every effort to meet critical standards contained in the most current edition of the National Program Standards for ACT Teams as established by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill or US Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Mental Health Services
- Maintains documentation as required, including medication administration record (MAR)
- Assists in preparing documentation for utilization review
- Assists in training new employees
- Completes required training within prescribed timeframes
- Successfully participates in the DMH approved ACTT training
- Must have general knowledge regarding principles of Assertive Community Treatment and the laws, regulations, and policies that govern Assertive Community Treatment.
- Must possess and obtain a thorough knowledge of adult psychopathology, psychiatric nursing practices, medications, and community resources.