Mental Health Clinician II
Workplace Alaska - Anchorage, AK

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Department of Health and Social Services

Division of Behavioral Health

Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API)

is recruiting for a Mental Health Clinician II

API operates as Alaska's only state-owned, 24-hour, 7-day a week mental health facility that provides:

Acute, short-term in-patient psychiatric care for patients whose needs are so great or complex that an appropriate level of care cannot be provided in their home town or community, and

Longer-term care for highly complex or high-security needs patients.

This position is at the journey level of its class series. Under general supervision, the incumbent will perform general mental health services; interview, diagnose, and treat patients; arrange for hospitalization of psychiatric patients, participate in diagnostic staff conferences with the psychiatrist and other clinicians for the discussion of diagnoses and treatment of patients; assist supervisors in the division of workload and related aspects of clinic or hospital management.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
Provide intake evaluation in an inpatient setting.

Provide ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) assessments and chemical dependency groups if qualified (chemical dependency counselor certification).

Work with individuals with chronic mental illness.

Work in a state psychiatric hospital or a secure locked facility.

Utilize dictation/computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Outlook or similar programs.

Make referrals to or collaborating with Alaska Community Mental Health providers including some in rural Alaska.

Work with the Alaska Statutes governing mental health commitments.

Perform admission screenings/assessments to assure that patients meet admission criteria, interfacing with the on-call physician, hospital unit staff, patients, patient’s families, care providers, and referral sources.

Completing admission documentation and assuring that state and federal regulations are followed in the process.

Desired strengths that are essential to this position:
Must be licensed as a

Social Worker

in the State of Alaska.

Ability to handle crises in a calm and effective manner.

Experience working in a mental health hospital setting or a highly secure facility environment is preferred.

Chemical dependency counselor certification and experience working with individuals who have substance abuse issues is preferred.

Experience conducting ASAM assessments preferred.

Applicants must be able to work independently with self-assurance.

Must be a team player.

If you feel you embody these strengths, then we want to hear from you.

We offer the following starting benefit package:
Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental;

Employer paid $2000 Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available;

Optional long and short-term disability plans;

Optional dependent and health care flexible spending accounts;

Retirement programs with a wide variety of investment options;

Vacation leave of 2 days per month, with an accrual rate increase based on time served;

11 paid holidays annually.

For more information regarding these benefits, please review the following web site:

View Class Specifications for this job:
Minimum Qualifications:
A master's degree from an accredited college in psychology, social work, child guidance, nursing, vocational rehabilitation, or a closely related field and two years of professional experience performing psychotherapeutic casework. The experience requirement is met by service as a Mental Health Clinician I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.

Substitution: Graduate study beyond the master’s degree will substitute for up to one year of the required experience (2 semester hours or 3 quarter hours of graduate study equals one month of work experience.)