Clark County Community Services is seeking a Designated Crisis Responder to join our amazing team! This position provides crisis outreach services throughout Clark County. S/he provides services grounded in the recovery model that recognizes each individual’s capacity to self-actualize and makes every effort to engage consumers in intervention services including brief therapy, case management, and referral to community mental health services.
This position initiates involuntary holds and commitments only in cases where the individual’s risk of self-harm or harm others outweighs other intervention strategies. S/he investigates allegations about consumers’ ability to care for himself/herself, the risk of self-harm, and risk of harm to others, and gathers evidence, conducts clinical evaluations, and decides, in compliance with RCW 71.05 and 71.34, if psychiatric hospitalization, secure detox, or referral assistance to other services is indicated. In providing these services, the incumbent prepares witness statements, serves legal documents, testifies at court hearings, completes required legal forms and written documentation of investigations, and coordinates the processing of involuntarily committed individuals through the legal system.
This program is a 24/7 operation and the position requires working rotating shifts (day/swing/overnight), Saturdays, and Sundays, and/or on-call and sometimes holidays.
Education and Experience:
Master’s or doctorate degree in social work, nursing, counseling psychology, mental health counseling, behavioral sciences, or related field which qualifies the incumbent for licensure by Washington State Department of Health (DOH) as a Designated Crisis Responder, and mental health professional status as defined in WAC 388-865, or its successor.
At least two years of experience in the direct evaluation and treatment of persons with mental illness while under the supervision of a mental health professional as defined in WAC 388-865, or its successor, is required.
Licensure by DOH as a mental health professional preferred—qualifying for licensure and registration with DOH and meeting the definition of “Mental Health Professional” delineated in WAC 388-865, or its successor, is required.
Proof of qualifications required which may include any or all of the following: certified copy of transcripts, licensure by DOH, licensure or certification by a nationally recognized board, and written verification of work history by prior employers.
A valid, unencumbered Washington or Oregon State driver’s license is required. Position requires using personal vehicle to drive to consumers in the community.
Passing Washington State Patrol background check necessary for this position (provisions delineated in RCW 43.43.842 as well as other applicable State Statutes and rules) as well as passing ongoing background checks during the course of employment as required by Clark County Department of Community Services, Clark County Regional Support Network, and Washington State Mental Health Division.
This position requires being able to use personal computer and MS office.
Knowledge of: DCR protocols and RCWs governing DCR practices, CareLogic electronic health record, the Clark County crisis system, substance use disorders including symptom and treatment options, and the Clark County mental health provider network.
Ability to: Prioritize tasks, work with staff in a non-anxious and collaborative manner, establish rapport with mentally ill or substance affected consumers; evaluate and diagnose mental and substance use disorders; identify signs that indicate risk of harm to self or others; apply effective interviewing techniques; apply intervention strategies that calm agitated, angry, or distraught individuals; summarize—verbally and in written formats—interview and assessment findings; read, comprehend, articulate, and implement Washington State Statutes and Rules pertaining to involuntary treatment; present case formulations to the crisis team and court; accurately document assessments and clinical encounters in Carelogic, Crisis Service’s electronic health record with a high level of accuracy; work with diverse populations who vary significantly, including social strata, age, education, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation; develop and apply an equity lens in providing crisis services; establish and maintain good working relationships with criminal justice system, community mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, community social service providers, and significant others and family members of those receiving crisis services; and to demonstrate exceptional customer service when interacting with community members and service providers.
HOW TO APPLY:
An online application is required. For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at:
Salary Grade: M2.816 ($4,988.00 - $7,045.00) per month
Close Date: Open Until Filled