Provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment and crisis intervention as needed to members who present themselves for psychiatric evaluation. Collaborates with treating physician, psychiatric and allied health professional team to plan and direct each individual member's treatment program.
• Assesses, develops and coordinates a clinical treatment program for Health Plan members with acute or chronic psychiatric disorders.
• Consults with staff regarding diagnosis, strengths and deficits of member, as needed or appropriate.
• Provides outpatient psychotherapy to individuals and groups.
• Charts member's treatments and progress in accordance with state regulations and department procedures.
• Instructs and counsels members regarding compliance with prescribed therapeutic regimens.
• Interprets psychiatric treatment to member's family and helps to reduce fear and other attitudes obstructing acceptance of psychiatric care and continuation of treatment if asked to do so by member.
• Makes referrals to case manager, as appropriate, and/or refers member's family to community support services and resources.
• Utilizes resources of public and private agencies and community organizations to meet the needs of members.
• Collaborates with physicians in screening and evaluating members for psychotropic medications.
• May supervise PSW Assistants and PSW Interns, if supervision course has been completed.
• Works on-call evenings, weekends & holidays, assuming primary responsibility for emergency psychiatric care and acting as consultant to emergency department physicians and staff.
• Reports safety concerns to mandated reporting agencies.
Develops, implements, coordinates, and evaluates clinical treatment programs for the diagnosis, treatment, and/or referral of Health Plan members with acute or chronic mental illness.
• Participates in staff conferences to select, plan , and evaluate treatment programs.
• Provides outpatient psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups.
• Instructs and counsels patients and their families regarding compliance with prescribed therapeutic regimens and adherence to prescribe medication regimens, within the scope of practice.
• Provides appropriate support to member's family.
• Develops and conducts psychoeducational classes and groups.
• Prepares intake summaries, treatment plans, and case summaries and maintains ongoing confidential records.
• Charts member's treatment and progress in accord with state and NCQA regulations and in keeping with accepted community standards.
• Collaborates with physicians in screening and evaluating patients for psychotropic medications, within the scope of practice.
• Utilizes resources of public and private agencies and community organizations to meet the needs of the member's treatment.
• Provides clinical supervision to mental health trainees as necessary.
• Participates in hospital on-call rotation schedules.
• Must treat external and internal customers in a respectful, friendly, helpful, and professional manner at all times.
• Must adhere to the service expectations of the department and facility.
• Outpatient Psychiatric Social Worker: Has experience in assessing, diagnosing and treating a broad range of psychiatric conditions.
• Master's degree in Social Work required from an accredited college or university.
• Valid Licensed Clinical Social Worker license in the State of California.
• Must have a National Provider Identifier (NPI) or obtain NPI, prior to employment start date.
• Must be familiar with DMS-IV-R as a means of diagnosis.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Knowledge of social service agencies, state regulations, and professional board standards as is related to member treatment, patient rights, and member/patient confidentiality.
• Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.
• Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker:
• Working in an inpatient setting, a minimum of three years post licensure experience in acute inpatient psychiatric settings and with the use of psychosocial assessment and psychotherapeutic methods and measures in a hospital, clinic or agency preferred.
• Previous clinical responsibility to include crisis intervention, individual and group psychotherapy preferred.
• Previous clinical responsibility to include inpatient group treatment and crisis intervention preferred.
Experience working with children and adolescents required.
• Demonstrated expertise in crisis management, diagnosis, brief individual, and group psychotherapy with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Knowledge of social agencies, state regulations with regard to ethics, treatment, patient's rights, and confidentiality.
• Bilingual (Spanish) capability highly preferred.
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