Clinician - Mobile Crisis (Co-Responder Model)
iMind Behavioral Health
If interested please call (240) 249-0989 or email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Full-time - starting salary $65K
Full Job Description
The Co-Responder Model (mental health support without law enforcement) was developed to provide effective responses to police calls for service that involve people with mental illness and behavioral health needs, to better link those individuals to appropriate services or provide other effective responses and to divert individuals from unnecessary legal system involvement and/or hospitalization. Mobile Crisis clinicians ensure continuity of care: an immediate and professional evaluation, collaboration with proper internal or external therapists, referral to other agencies, and advocacy for any treatment deemed necessary beyond the initial crisis.
Consumers call a toll-free access line to access services. Consumers are referred from a variety of sources which include, but are not limited to; self, family, significant others, schools, hospitals, law enforcement officers, magistrates, social services, the courts, churches, and mental health provider staff.
Duties and Responsibilities for MCT Clinician
- Triages and assesses through consumer and collateral contacts. This involves interfacing with other agencies, the police, medical profession, etc.
- Responsible for gathering information on the presenting problem and developing a disposition
- This position will have a wealth of written information to assist in making complex level of care decisions for a wide variety of consumers. These will include level of care criteria, involuntary commitment criteria, lethality scales, and substance abuse criteria. The Mobile Crisis Clinician is expected to incorporate these and other criteria into their decision-making process
- Consults with psychiatrist, in person or by phone, when consultation is indicated
- Determine appropriate level of care for consumers services
- Facilitates disposition
- Provides case management services to consumers and others who contact Mobile Crisis
- Obtains and reviews information presented concerning housing, medications, hospitalization and other issues
- Contacts necessary parties in an attempt to solve crises
- Refers situations to appropriate parties when indicated
- Follows up on referrals when consumer is referred to another agency
- Contact’s consumers and others involved in a crisis situation in an attempt to stabilize by providing support and direction
- Provides consultation and assistance to other departments and agencies
- Educates others on mental health issues, laws and policies
- Complete all required paper work, electronic records, and other documentation within required timeframes. Fax/email documentation to provider staff and medical record staff
- Facilitates a consumer’s access to MH/SA/DD services and community resources
- Ensures that care is provided in the least restrictive manner possible
- The position may also direct the activities of non-licensed/provisional Mobile Crisis staff while they assist the Mobile Crisis Clinician
- Works to provide a consumer centered environment conducive to stabilization and recovery
- Participates in court hearings as required by the agency, or as ordered by court authorities. The Mobile Crisis Clinician must be aware that their decisions may have legal implications. The Mobile Crisis Clinician may consult with magistrates regarding the merits of involuntary petitions
- Maintains working relationships with providers and other services that provide care to individuals experiencing a psychiatric emergency within the identified service area
- Meets with provider and community agency staff as necessary to exchange information about the quality and efficiency of service delivery and the appropriateness of referrals
- Meets with the Mobile Crisis Management Supervisor for clinical and administrative supervision
- The Mobile Crisis Clinician is subject to inside and outside environment conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes
- Assists the program director with administrative tasks, as needed
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work or related degree and a full or Graduate level license of LCPC, LGPC, LMSW, LCSW-C, LGMFT, LCMFT
- Full or Graduate clinical licensure in the State of Maryland
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of DSM 5 diagnoses and symptoms.
- Working knowledge of clinical assessment.
- Knowledge of local and agency resources for referrals.
- Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to adapt to change in a fast-paced environment, under minimal supervision.
- Ability to maintain regular communication with clinical team.
- Ability to maintain boundaries with clients, practitioners, agencies, and community members.
- Ability to always maintain composure, professionalism, and structure.
- Ability to navigate ambiguous situations during an emergency.
- Skilled in basic computer operations, data management, and software.
The number of active cases managed by the Mobile Crisis team will vary according to number of individuals in crisis at any given time in Prince Georges County, Maryland.