MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Healthcare - Allied Health



As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Harborview Medical Center's Mental Health and Addiction Services has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER. Under general supervision, the Mental Health Practitioner provides psychiatric assessments in hospital emergency rooms or community settings. This position also provides community contact to those patients who are suspected to be in need of psychiatric assessment due to evidence of reported risk by persons in their support system. This position provides community outreach support to all the Recovery Case management teams in the clinic.

This position is responsible for implementing the goals of the program, which are to promote community stability of patients by engagement in mental health services and treatment planning as well as assistance in securing and maintaining housing, benefits and culturally relevant treatment to meet their needs, and to assist patients in developing meaningful and productive activities. The Mental Health Practitioner will be expected to be able to work with a wide variety of patients.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • As part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, work with patients and their social networks to assist in their recovery from mental illness
  • Assess patient needs and determine interventions
  • May assist clients obtaining housing and funding as necessary to prevent inappropriate use of crisis services
  • Facilitate diversion from voluntary and involuntary psychiatric hospitalization when clinically appropriate
  • Participate in case reviews as appropriate
  • Chart patient contact in the medical record in a timely manner per policy
  • Collect data for evaluation and quality improvement as assigned
  • Assess crises and determine interventions
  • Coordinate medication services with team’s medical staff
  • Lead or co-lead groups as assigned
  • Assist in the development and planning of groups relevant to the needs of clients
  • Prepare information requested by outside agencies such as DSHS, Social Security Administration, and Seattle Housing Authority
  • Provide consultation on ethnic minority population to clinical staff
  • Provide coverage for other team members as assigned
  • Participate in community program planning
  • Maintain required daily entries in computer log
  • Complete payroll documentation/leave requests in timely manner
  • Participate in HMC Disaster Drills and required HMC training and orientation
  • Provide consultation to referring practitioners and other members of treatment community as needed to assure continuity of care for program clients
  • Assure regulations related to client confidentiality are maintained
  • Assure regulations related to monitoring clients who are on a Least Restrictive Order are maintained
  • Participate in individual or group supervision as negotiated with supervisor/manager
  • Participate in HMC ongoing educational opportunities as appropriate
  • Maintain appropriate State of Washington license or registration
  • Obtain training and education relevant to the needs of program and populations served
  • Obtain continuing education to stay current with trends in mental health, regulations and other pertinent information
  • Testify in judicial proceedings in response to subpoenas
  • Perform other duties as assigned

    REQUIREMENTS:
    A Master's Degree in behavioral sciences, such as psychology, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, vocational or educational counseling, or social work OR Bachelor's Degree in nursing or a behavioral science AND three years' of experience in the direct delivery of professional mental health care.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/ registration.

    DESIRED:
    Appropriate clinical licensure or registration in the State of Washington.
    Fluency in Spanish.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.

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