UnityPoint Health

Qualified Mental Health Professional Crisis Clinician

Requisition ID
2017-34569
Category
Behavioral Health Services - Non-Nursing
US-IL-Rock Island
2701 17th St
Affiliate
6020 UnityPoint Health QC Trinity
Rock Island
Department
Crisis Stabilization Unit- RYC
IL
FTE
1.0
FLSA
Non-Exempt
Scheduled Hours/Shift
day shift

Overview

Under the general supervision of the Clinical Manager for Robert Young Center’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) and in collaboration with the Director of Emergency Services the QMHP will;

  • Provide direct mental health and substance abuse assessment, intervention and consultation to identified individuals, interact with patients, family, and support systems to reduce barriers and promote progression of care.
  • Provides assessment, counseling, information and referral, advocacy services, and other resource assistance as indicated. Contributes toward accomplishment of patient’s Plan of Care goals by providing care activities as assigned by the charge nurse.

Responsibilities

 

Completes mental health and substance abuse assessments to individuals in need of behavioral health services.

  • Provides triage, emergency mental health and substance abuse evaluations, consultation to individuals identified as having mental health and/or substance abuse needs; participates in the multidisciplinary team planning.
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a wide variety of clients and professionals. Strong clinical and diagnostic capabilities will be needed. Refers to community social service resources.
  • Evaluates each walk-in, emergency, and routine client for diagnosis, recommends and authorizes appropriate service (including interviewing client and accompanying family or friends; providing crisis intervention; arriving at disposition; consulting psychiatrists; documentation).
  • Provides brief solution focused individual, family and group counseling as needed to stabilize a crisis situation. Provides community crisis interventions and follow-up services.
  • Obtains third party (insurance) authorizations for recommended services.
  • Consults with psychiatrists according to RYC policy and procedure on cases requiring MD supervision and/or consultation.

Contributes toward accomplishment of patient’s Plan of Care goals by providing care activities as assigned by the nurse.

  • Orients patient and family members to environment, unit/department and hospital facilities/routine.

Promotes monitors and maintains a safe clean environment.

  • Assists with identifying safety needs of patients and modifying the environment to meet these needs, i.e. accessible call light, furniture/personal item placement, etc.
  • Performs light housekeeping functions to maintain clean, neat and orderly work/patient care areas.
  • Adheres to established Universal/Standard Precautions.

Contributes effectively to the communication needs of the unit/department.

  • Acknowledges patients, healthcare providers and visitors upon arrival to the unit/department. Offers assistance where appropriate.
  • Documents objective data related to performed patient care activities.
  • Engages in collaborative communication, i.e. notifying current providers of a patients disposition
  • Identifies and reports patient care concerns in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates an open honest relationship with co-workers.
  • Practices good telephone etiquette.
  • Performs clerical duties as assigned (documentation of services, charge entry, form filing, etc)

Provides for efficient operation of unit/department by taking initiative and assuming other responsibilities as needed, i.e. obtaining equipment, restocking supplies, running errands, etc.

 

Education:

  • Meets educational/competency requirements per policy
  • Progression toward goals from previous evaluation/orientation completion.

 

Qualifications

 

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE:

A licensed social worker (LSW) possessing at least a master's degree in social work and licensed under the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act [225 ILCS 20] with specialized training in mental health services or with at least 2 years experience in mental health services; or

 

A licensed professional counsel (LPC) or possessing at least a master's degree and licensed under the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing Act [225 ILCS 107] with specialized training in mental health services or with at least two years experience in mental health services or,

 

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES & SKILLS: Possesses the ability to apply critical thinking and problem-solving abilities to a range of client situations; has the ability to accurately assess and diagnose; can develop treatment plans and interventions with clients; possesses interpersonal skills, professional attitude and understands the ethical standards of behavioral healthcare. Possesses good written and oral communication skills. Has the ability to plan and organize their work. Is able to recognize signs of suicidal behavior and assess for lethality.

 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS: LPC or LSW in the state of Illinois and Iowa. Must be licensed in Illinois to begin. Iowa licensing process must be initiated within first 3 months of employment and awarded within 6 months of hire. Professional License as defined above, if applicable. Basic CPR is required.

 

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