Clinical Specialist 13014
Journey Mental Health Center - Madison, WI

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JOB SUMMARY:
The Bay Side Place (BSP) Clinical Specialist (CS) is responsible for providing culturally competent emergency mental health assessments and interventions for adults, which are based on an understanding not only of the individual’s symptoms, but also of the strengths and social/cultural resources which are available to the individual, and can be utilized as resources to stabilize the presenting crisis. The goal is to assist the individuals that come to BSP to return to optimal levels of functioning across domains. The individual hired for this position must demonstrate the ability and willingness to learn the adult mental health systems in Dane County. The job also necessitates working rotating shifts and holidays as necessary to enable BSP to operate 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. She/he is responsible to the Director, Manager, and Clinical Team Leader of BSP. This is a provisional (as needed) position with primarily duties on evenings and weekends. The CS must have access to own transportation and a valid Wisconsin driver’s license. Must be available to work 4 shifts per month including 2 weekend shifts.

QUALIFICATIONS ESSENTIAL:
  • Master’s Degree: MFT, PC, MSW
  • Must have experience working in a residential setting for people with mental health
and substance abuse issues
  • At least two years relevant clinical experience in Adult mental health; solid clinical
skills with adults.
  • Meets appropriate state licensing requirements to provide clinical services or is
currently working toward licensure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work alone, to make independent decisions in high-risk
situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team,
seeking and accepting consultation when appropriate.
  • Demonstrated abilities to understand and work within complex systems both at
Journey Mental Health Center and with other community mental health providers.
  • Demonstrated abilities to learn and interpret Ch 51 as well as clear knowledge of DHS 83.
  • Demonstrated commitment and abilities to work with individuals from all spiritual and
cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment to exploring one’s own cultural frames of reference as
well as the strengths and limitations these frameworks bring to one’s work with both
team members and the individuals we serve.
  • Demonstrated commitment to respecting consumers and improving meaningful
involvement of consumers in treatment planning and facilitation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to utilize the DAP format when writing clinical
notes.
  • Ability to work rotating shifts as necessary to ensure effective program functioning.
  • Valid driver’s license and/or access to own transportation.
PREFERRED:
  • Spanish fluency very much desired.
  • Experience working within cultures other than one’s own very much desired.
  • Clinical experience specifically in crisis intervention/emergency mental health
services.
  • Working knowledge of both Ch. 48 and 51. as well as DHS 83
CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Receive and respond to inquiries, requests, and referrals for services
  • Respond respectfully to all persons making referrals for themselves or others
  • Consult with and provide recommendations to hospitals, police and other mental
health and community service providers
  • Working knowledge of HIPAA Laws and regulations as well as state requirements for
care in a CBRF
  • Assess each individual upon admission, including psychiatric symptoms,
suicide/homicide risk, and the social and cultural context of the individual. Utilize
information during treatment and discharge planning.
  • Facilitation of Admissions/discharges
  • Facilitate therapeutic groups/activities
  • Brief individual counseling and family/support counseling if appropriate with the focus
being on the current mental health crisis
  • Make autonomous decisions in life-threatening situations when necessary
  • Work with the client and his or her treatment team/support network, to formulate
and carry out treatment plans/crisis response plans aimed at the resolution of current
mental health crisis
  • Function as part of a team case management system, requiring clear, concise, and
respectful communication among staff, utilizing resources inside and outside of the
  • JMHC organization for ongoing treatment planning
  • Must model openness to consultation that includes routine consultation and sometimes
challenging case discussions among BSP staff and supervisors; routine consultation
with BSP prescriber and RN staff, ESU psychiatrists and JMHC Medical Director
  • Ability to work within an interdependent group in a way that promotes and maintains
reliable, trusting and open working relationships with coworkers
  • Provide medication administration to residents under the guidance and authorization
of BSP APNP/Psychiatrist/RN

  • Provide consultation to JMHC case managers regarding hospitalization of any JMHC
client, seeking the least restrictive alternative. Assist in facilitating hospitalization if
appropriate.

ADMINISTRATIVE
  • Maintain computer database records of all contacts, and written records on a daily
basis or as needed
  • Work actively and positively to maintain good working relationships between BSP team
members, as well as with other providers in both the community and other JMHC
programs, informing the Manager of problems as they arise
  • Commitment to following established JMHC policies and procedures outlined in
clinical and employee handbook
  • Attend all unit staff meetings, except when using Earned Time
  • Participate in the training of students, other trainees, volunteers, and psychiatric residents
  • Attend all mandatory JMHC in-service training events, except when using earned time
  • Participate in JMHC work committees as requested
Participate in other duties as assigned

Applications are available:
at www.journeymhc.org/careers

or pickup at Journey Mental Health Center, 625 W Washington Ave., Madison, between
8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
or by phone at (608) 280-2677

Resumes are NOT accepted in place of completed application forms, but can be attached. Employment is contingent upon a receipt of favorable results of background history and driver’s record check.

Journey Mental Health Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the agency’s belief that staff diversity and cultural competence are the foundation for services, which are accessible, effective, and relevant to the diverse needs of Dane County children, youth, families, and adults. Women, disabled, and culturally diverse applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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