Mobile Crisis Specialist
Elwyn - Elwyn, PA

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Elwyn is looking for a Mobile Crisis Specialist with a flexible schedule and some weekend availability.

Elwyn is a multi-state human service agency that provides a broad range of services for people of all ages in areas such as behavioral health, intellectual disabilities, early childhood services, special education, and work and adult programs. From our beginning as one of the nation's first schools for children with intellectual disabilities in 1852, Elwyn has continued to be at the forefront of developing unique innovative services for people with disabilities. We are beginning an exciting new program providing services for people in crisis in Delaware County and are looking for Mobile Crisis Specialists to play an integral role this service.

PRIMARY FUNCTION: As a member of the Mobile Assessment Team the Mobile Crisis Specialist (MCS) is responsible for responding to mental health crises upon dispatch from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health Dispatch Specialist. The MCS’s function is to work with individuals and their community supports to assess and de-escalate a crisis, determine the level of care necessary to meet the individual’s needs, develop alternatives to involuntary hospitalization through conducting assessments, treatment planning, counseling, and coordination of community care linkages and discharge process. The MCS will also coordinate the involuntary hospitalization process in situations where individuals present as dangerous to themselves or others. The MCS will act as an advocate and represent the needs and rights of persons served with outside social service agencies, families, etc.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a human service field required, Master’s preferred. Three years of mental health direct care experience provided to adults, children, and/or adolescents required. A valid driver’s license in state of residence required. It is preferred that candidates have additional qualifications such as CAC or CAC eligible status including at least two years drug and alcohol counseling experience, lived experience in recovery with training and experience as a Peer Specialist, and/or experience working with children with special needs.

Complete an assessment for adults, adolescents, or children throughout Delaware County wherever the crisis is occurring.

Develop and secure appropriate services for individuals in crisis, including referrals to voluntary inpatient settings and applications for involuntary emergency examination and treatment under §302 of the Mental Health Procedures Act of 1976. Provide linkages to community supports, supportive counseling, and substance abuse services and always reflect the possibility of recovery.

Complete referrals for follow-up services by community mental health and other supports. Assist in completion of application for entitlements. Complete Emergency Care Provider Intake.

Provide all appropriate documentation set forth by Director including intakes, progress notes, medical charting, discharge plans, and individual assessments.

Advocate for individuals served with outside agencies including, but not limited to Social Security, Department of Public Welfare, Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Delaware County Base Service Units, etc.

Interface with families of persons served and other interested parties.

Maintain communication with physician, psychiatrist, pharmacist, and other appropriate ancillary service providers such as speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy as relevant to providing emergent services.

Intervene in crisis situations.

Elwyn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Elwyn isn't a character out of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. It's a not-for-profit organization that serves some 13,000...