Crisis Intervention Specialist

GENERAL FUNCTION:

Provide outreach and early short term intervention for individuals with mental illness who are at risk of inpatient mental health hospitalization.  Referrals primarily come from local hospitals but may come from community providers.

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Adult Outpatient Manager

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Mental Health Professional as defined in WAC
  • Masters Degree in a social services discipline or related field.
  • License preferred.
  • Two years' experience providing services to severely and persistently mentally ill adults.
  • Strong diagnostic and clinical skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Ability to relate in a positive, calming way to individuals in crisis.
  • Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships across multiple systems.
  • Must have great communication skills both verbally and in writing.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work well under pressure and triage referrals.
  • No criminal history.
  • Knowledge of  community housing and other resources is essential.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must have reliable transportation and vehicle insurance.
  • Must pass a criminal background and Inspector General check.

TYPICAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide crisis intervention and short term case management services for individuals with mental illness to prevent inpatient hospitalization.
  • Facilitate enrollment in BHO services with all individuals who meet access to care standards including completing an intake for enrollment in BHR services.
  • Assist with SSI/SSDI application/reapplication.
  • Provide linkage to outpatient/chemical dependency services.
  • Provide linkage to community resources for stabilization in the community.
  • Facilitate cross system collaboration for wrap around client support.
  • Provide psycho-education and consultation to hospitals and emergency departments as needed.
  • Complete all documentation in adherence with BHR standards.
  • Other duties as assigned to meet job functions.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to access and work within buildings that do not meet ADA accessibility standards.