Mental Health Specialist
Fredericksburg, VA

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Psychiatric Liaison Svcs

night shift

40 hours/week

Job Duties: - Master's Degree - American Heart Association CPR Job Summary: The Mental Health Specialist is primarily responsible for providing mental health/substance abuse assessment, evaluation, and referral services to patients at Mary Washington Hospital and in the Directions/Admissions Department at Snowden at Fredericksburg. The Mental Health Specialist will support the mission, vision, values and strategic initiatives of Mary Washington Healthcare and must demonstrate a commitment to quality service to our patients, the public and our Associates. Essential Functions & Responsibilities: Completes mental health/substance abuse evaluations of patients at Mary Washington Hospital and at Snowden at Fredericksburg. Develop appropriate psychiatric dispositions for patients evaluated based on clinical judgment. The Mental Health Specialist will be expected to follow best practice, evidenced based research, and applicable standards of care in providing services. The Mental Health Specialist is expected to develop the ability to elicit clinically relevant information during the interview process with critical focus on determining suicide risk, level of acuity and an accurate determination of present risk and protective factors. The Mental Health Specialist will be expected to actively participate in professional development in obtaining and maintaining clinical proficiency and knowledge in a range of focus areas identified by management. Coordinates admissions to Snowden at Fredericksburg's outpatient programs including: coordination and communicating with program staff, nursing, physicians, agencies, referral sources and insurers/managed care companies. Coordinates admissions to Psychiatric inpatient programs, coordinating and communicating with nursing, physicians, Community Service Boards, referral sources and insurers/managed care companies. Communicates accurately and effectively with outside agencies maintaining a high, degree of professionalism and in a manner consistent with the goals and mission of Psychiatric Services. Provide feedback to attending physicians and emergency room physicians on findings and disposition. Responds to crisis calls utilizing established crisis intervention skills. Responds to callers seeking information and guidance utilizing knowledge of community based resources. Written documentation is expected to clearly communicate elements of the assessment, clinical determination and findings and treatment plans and recommendations for patient according to professional standards and established policies and procedures. Develops and maintains an up-to-date knowledge of services provided by community agencies. Responsive to patient and family needs within the established bounds of best practice. The Mental Health Specialist is expected to maintain a high standard of collegiality and actively promote teamwork when interacting with all Associates. The Mental Health Specialist is required to obtain and maintain certifications in: CPI, CPR (AED) and First Aid. All other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Master's degree in a mental health related field such as psychology, social work, counseling or psychiatric nursing. A minimum of two years experience in conducting assessments and evaluations preferred. Certification or licensure in specialty is preferred. Must have a working knowledge of developmental issues across the life span, with a depth of knowledge of normal and abnormal development of children and adolescents. Affiliation with an organization pertaining to clinical specialty desirable but not required. A working knowledge of reimbursement and managed health care systems preferred.