This member of the multidisciplinary team has responsibility to carry out service coordination, rehabilitation, and support functions for PACT clients. In addition, the Mental Health Professional on the PACT Team provides assessment services, specialized group and individual psychoeducation, and treatment for clients who have been diagnosed with mental health and/or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
- Master's Degree in Human Services field required.
- 2 years post graduate experience providing mental health services for clients with serious and persistent mental illness preferred.
- Strong knowledge of chemical dependency and mental health diagnosis and treatment.
- Must have a strong commitment to the right and ability of each person with a severe and persistent mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful, adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services.
- Skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for client rights and personal preferences in treatment are essential.
- Must have a valid driver's license for the state in which the program operates.
- Must be proficient in using evidenced based practices
- Must have strong oral and written communication skills.
- Must have the ability to work as a team and individually.
- Must pass a criminal background and Inspector General check.
TYPICAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Function as part of a multidisciplinary team serving clients with persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders.
- Be able to create person centered treatment plans in a team setting with the client, and collaterals/family members as available
- Provide ongoing assessment of clients' mental illness symptoms and clients' response to treatment. Make appropriate changes in treatment plans to ensure immediate and appropriate interventions are provided in response to changes in mental status or behavior, which put clients at risk (e.g., suicidality).
- Provide direct clinical services, utilizing evidenced base practices, to clients including individual supportive therapy and psychotherapy to clients on an individual, group, and family basis in the office and in community settings to teach behavioral symptom-management techniques to alleviate and manage symptoms not reduced by medication and to promote personal growth and development by assisting clients to adapt to and cope with internal and external stresses.
- Provide case management services and attend outside appointments with clients, as needed.
- Meet with clients in inpatient mental health hospitals when clients are hospitalized.
- Coordinate with outside agencies to provide the best continuity of care.
- Be able to assist clients with creating crisis plans
- Work with Designated Crisis Responders as needed
- Ability to work independently during rotating weekend shifts and when in charge of the crisis phone.
- Monitor clients that are on a Least Restrictive Alternative or Conditional Release
- Assist clients with maintaining housing in the least restrictive community-based setting available. This may include helping the client learn how to do household tasks
- Deliver medications in the community to clients on a rotating basis with other PACT staff.
- Schedule an average of 5-6 hours of client service per day.
- Conduct mental health assessments as part of the team comprehensive assessments that are part of the PACT model
- Develop and implement individualized treatment plans that address client strengths, recovery, and mental health/substance use symptoms.
- Maintain client records in accordance with BHR standards.
- Adhere to all state and federal confidentiality regulations.
- Write timely and accurate reports to the courts and other involved parties as required.
- Participate in staff meetings, clinical supervision, and scheduled training as required.
- Other duties as assigned.