SHIFT: Days (Monday-Friday)
Function as a member of the PACT multidisciplinary team while demonstrating the clinical skill and experience to assess, plan, develop, coordinate, and provide treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to program clients with severe and persistent mental illness. To provide education, consultation to families, and crisis intervention services to clients assigned to the team, with a minimum of 85% of all services delivered in the community via assertive outreach. Function as the team’s Co-Occuring Disorders (COD) Specialist.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Provide treatment coordination services for an assigned group of clients, including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the individual treatment team (ITT).
- Assume primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating, and revising overall treatment goals and plans in collaboration with the ITT.
- Provide individual supported counseling and symptom management. Utilize Motivational Interviewing, stages of change theory, and stage-wise treatment strategies to intervene and motivate clients for change.
- Educate and support clients’ families and advocate for clients’ rights and preferences. Consult with families and community agencies such as DSHS, court systems, housing authorities, etc., to maintain coordination in the treatment process.
- Conduct comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g. onset, course, and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g. self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
- Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established policies and procedures.
- Participate in daily staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings.
- Participate in providing information to clients on substance use issues such as the effect on mental and physical health and daily functioning. Participate in planning to reduce use or abstain from the use of substances, and help teach replacement behaviors. Establish linkages with outside inpatient, outpatient, and support group entities (e.g. AA, NA) to allow collaboration in treatment.
- Provide individual treatment planning sessions with client and other clinical staff to develop written treatment plans with integrated interventions to address co-occurring disorder based on Payoff Matrix, Functional Analysis, Stages of Change and Stage of Treatment.
- Provide or collaborate with teammates to ensure the provision of vocational-supportive counseling designed to help clients achieve vocational or career goals. Provide ongoing support for job retention, while managing symptoms.
- Teach assigned clients skills such as activities of daily living such as personal hygiene and grooming, nutrition, grocery shopping and food preparation.
- Assist clients in finding and maintaining a safe, affordable place to live, to include supporting clients in household activities such as house cleaning and laundry.
- Ensure that clients have adequate financial support (e.g., help to gain employment or to secure entitlement benefits). Assist clients with budgeting and bill-paying skills.
- Help clients to access reliable transportation.
- Assist and support clients in finding and effectively using a primary care physician and a dentist. Work with team to coordinate psychiatric care with medical care.
- Plan, structure, and prompt social and leisure time activities, to include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
- Provide individual services for current and newly assigned clients while in inpatient programs, to ensure continuity of care.
- Monitor assigned clients for LRA compliance. Facilitate LRA extensions with the CRT and all court-involved personnel to insure LRA's are continued uninterrupted, as appropriate. Assist CRT in determining when revocation is appropriate.
- Maintain proficiency in current trends in mental health, including health care reform and information technology. Maintain knowledge of PACT standards.
- In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in psychology, social services or a related field required; Minimum of two years experience working with clients with chronic mental illness required. Prefer experience in individual and group therapy, vocational services, or substance abuse treatment. CDP preferred. Must be Washington State Agency Affiliated Counselor. Requires valid WA State Drive's License and reliable, insured transportation.
PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to stand, sit, bend, use hands and fingers, reach with arms, ascend and descend stairs, talk and listen. The ability to lift up to 40 pounds is occasionally needed. Peripheral vision is also required for this position.
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