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Therapist - Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) Waiver - Youth 


Wyandot BHN is seeking a dedicated Therapist to join our youth SED waiver team. The SED Waiver provides children, with some mental health conditions, special intensive support to help them remain in their homes and communities. The term “serious emotional disturbance” (SED) refers to a diagnosed mental health condition that substantially disrupts a child's ability to function socially, academically, and/or emotionally. Parents and children are actively involved in planning for all services.

The SED waiver goal is to divert psychiatric hospitalization by providing intensive Home and Community Based  Supportive Services (HCBS) to children and youth in their  homes and communities. This position provides admission evaluations and provide short-term therapeutic services.  Will assist in other PACES functions as needed. 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Will provide outreach to families to complete admission/annual evaluations for SED Waiver.
  • Will work in collaboration with Families, Managed Care Organizations, and treatment team providers to complete evaluations for admission into Psychiatric Residential Facilities. 
  • Will provide liaison duties to community partners for hospital admissions and discharge planning back into PACES services.
  • Will provide outreach to families referred for PACES services and complete admission evaluations.
  • Will provide specialized therapeutic interventions as appropriate to client need and training and experience.
  • Will maintain small caseload of clients/consumers in need of brief solution focused therapy/crisis resolution.
  • Works with other staff to provide increased support to a client at risk of hospitalization or out of home placement.
  • Identifies strengths and needs of client/consumer and families and acts to involve them in planning for desired services.
  • Familiarizes client/consumer with community resources for educational, cultural, recreational, and social activities.
  • Works with case managers to secure adequate services, resource acquisition and resource coordination as needed.
  • Coordinate care as appropriate and maintain an excellent working relationship with community partners.
Position Requirements

Job Requirements:

Education:  Possesses Master’s degree in social science field, with relevant licensure by Kansas Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Experience:   Experience treating trauma and sexual abuse with children.  Familiar with mental health theory and practice.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to recognize and be sensitive to cultural and ethnic differences.
  • Communicates directly and effectively in a cooperative manner with colleagues and representatives of other agencies.
  • Must be available to work flexible hours, including evenings and as needed after hours coverage.
  • Must be able to safely perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Eligible for Medicaid reimbursement.      
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Hours Mondays-Fridays, 8am-5pm with 5 hours after 5pm required during workweek.  
Division PACES  
About the Organization Wyandot Behavioral Health Network (Wyandot BHN) is a family of organizations serving the behavioral health needs of Wyandotte County, Kansas, and beyond.

Our network of organizations provides resources for adults, children and families in need of behavioral health services; individuals experiencing homelessness; assistance with housing, employment, and other needs.

Wyandot BHN organizations include:

• Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. - Supportive housing program
• RSI - 24/7 Crisis Center
• PACES - Children & adolescents behavioral health care center
• Wyandot Center - Adult behavioral health care center  
EOE Statement Wyandot Behavioral Health Network's family of organizations: Kim Wilson Housing, PACES, RSI and Wyandot Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of Wyandot Behavioral Health Network to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender (to include orientation, identity or expression), disability, handicap, age, or any other basis prohibited by law. Any act of retaliation or discrimination against any person who has filed a complaint or assisted or participated in any investigation involving a complaint is prohibited.

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