Robert Young Center
Crisis Stabilizaion Unit
The CSU Crisis Clinician can be filled with an RN or Mental Health Professional QMHP/LMHP.
In this role, the Crisis Clinician is supervised by the Manager, Outpatient Nursing Services Psychiatry and CSU and provides care to patients in crisis utilizing the Robert Young Center principles of Trauma Informed Care. The clincian will provides acute care to individuals who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis, and uses expertise to serve patients with complex behavioral health presentations that cannot be served in a behavioral health outpatient care setting. They perform crisis assessment, formulate a diagnosis, and implement acute care counseling interventions with patients. They often triage and prioritize care for multiple patients being referred for evaluation. They act as a patient advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations. The LMHP assesses patients for risk of suicide attempts, plans treatment modalities, and coordinates treatment plans. In the crisis role, the clinician consults with a medical provider to recommend the least restrictive plan of care. They also gather information about community mental health needs or resources and make referrals that could be used in conjunction with outpatient therapy. The LMHP often interacts with child protective services and works closely with county social workers and parents, collaborating on the plan of care. Patients are seen by the clincian in person, via telehealth within multiple local Emergency Departments (ED), and may be assessed on inpatient units.
COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Requirement: It is required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and Influenza. Exemption requests based on medical or religious reasons may be submitted, but must be approved for active employment.
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If filled with an RN:
The RN conducts face-to-face and telemedicine crisis assessments with patients to determine their specific needs. Patients in crisis may require immediate referral to medical services, assistance with concrete needs, such as food and clothing, or they may be in a state of psychological shock and require psychiatric intervention through inpatient admission.
Patients in crisis often enter a state of psychological shock and withdrawal as a way of handling the aftermath of the disaster or crisis situation. They may be momentarily unable to arrange for their immediate needs. The RN provides temporary forms of advocacy to help clients meet these needs and may include explaining the patient’s needs to multiple service providers. The goal of the RN is to help patients regain sufficient levels of functioning so that they are able to resume advocating for themselves.
Providing accurate and timely referrals is another important responsibility of the RN. They must know the state of Illinois and Iowa’s admission criteria for inpatient psychiatric services, and often mentor clinicians within the agency about the patient’s mental health rights according to the state’s mental health codes. They must be well-informed about community resources and different types of governmental assistance available to survivors of certain crisis situations. After assessing a client's needs and providing brief counseling, a crisis counselor refers the patient to the appropriate resource for continued assistance and treatment.
If filled with a QMHP/LMHP:
Minimus RN Qualifications:
· Graduate of an accredited nursing program.
· Professional RN licensure in the state Illinois and Iowa
· Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
· Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) training within 6 months of hire.
· Counselors and Social Workers must possess at least a master's degree
· Professional license in the state of Illinois and Iowa
o A Licensed Social Worker (LSW or LCSW)
o A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC or LCPC)
o A Licensed Social Worker (LMSW or LISW)
· CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention)
o De-escalation Training within 6 months of hire then, annually