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Clinician

Company: TalentBurst, Inc.
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Job Description:

Position: Clinician
Location: Charlottesville, VA

GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

The incumbent is responsible for providing crisis assessment, intervention, stabilization and referral assistance to mental health, intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients, both over the phone and face-to-face, in the office and in the community, as well as short term crisis counseling. Occasional holiday work is required.

The incumbent reports to the Director III for Emergency Services and performs duties by proceeding alone under standard practices, referring questionable situations to the supervisor. In carrying out emergency services, the incumbent is expected to act professionally and knowledgeably to ensure availability, response and continuity in delivery of mental health services to all individuals located in the client's area. He/she will perform in accordance with professional ethics and established client policies. The HIPAA access level for this position is Level Two
The essential functions of this job are starred below (*) under "Major duties."
MAJOR DUTIES:
1. *Provides crisis intervention to individuals experiencing emotional/psychological distress and related problems via phone and face-to-face contacts at Region Ten and other sites in the community.
2. *Provides consultation regarding the petitioning process for Emergency Custody Orders (ECOs) and Temporary Detention Orders (TDOs), in particular, advising the magistrate's office regarding the issuance of ECOs and TDOs.
3. *Functions as the "qualified evaluator "; doing assessments on ECOs; determining whether there is an imminent danger and recommending TDO be issued or the client be released.
4. *Performs pre-admission screenings for hospitalizations, including admissions to Western State Hospital (WSH), Boxwood, Mohr Center, and Commonwealth Center, both voluntary and involuntary, as well as conducting bed searches.
5. *Provides consultation, information and support to individuals, families, Region Ten staff and other community agencies requesting emergency services.
6. *Provides short-term crisis counseling to a small caseload of clients.
7. *Makes referrals appropriate to the needs of the client, family or agency.
8. *Actively explores less restrictive alternatives in efforts to divert clients from hospitalization.
9. *Functions as after-hours emergency services clinician, as needed, providing emergency services to the community after hours and on weekends. This includes telephone crisis intervention, appropriate referrals, prescreens in various settings and handling ECOs at UVA Hospital or on site with the police.
10. *Provides Region Ten CSB with required documentation of service delivery.
11. Participates in in-service training and supervision as required by the Emergency Services Director.
12. *Attends civil commitment hearings and advises Special Justice on CSB recommendations for treatment planning, to include monitoring and implementation of outpatient commitment orders.
13. *Provides pre-admission screenings for Region Ten's Wellness Recovery Center.

QUALIFICATIONS: To ensure the safe and efficient operation of the program, a valid Virginia Driver's License plus an acceptable driving record as issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles are required. For business use of a personal car, a certificate of valid personal automobile insurance must be provided. Must meet certification as QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional) as set forth by Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Master's degree required. Licensed (LPC, LCSW), be registered with the Department of Health Professionals and actively seeking licensure, or must register with the Department of Health Professionals within 6 months of hire preferred. VACSB Prescreener certification training required. Computer knowledge required in Word and Excel. In addition, the incumbent needs to possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Skills Required Knowledge of:
1. Crisis intervention theory and skills including: a) techniques over phone, face-to-face b) knowledge about the following populations and accepted treatment modalities for each: - Intellectual Disability (ID) - SMI, including dual diagnosis - Alcohol/Substance Abuse - Children, Adults, Geriatrics c) managing the suicidal client d) managing aggressive/violent/psychotic behaviors e) confidentiality as it relates to crisis situations f) use of mental status exam g) working knowledge of DSM IV
2. Use of least restrictive treatment alternatives for all populations served by Region Ten CSB.
3. Recognition and evaluation of acute medical needs: a) inebriated individuals, seizures, DTs b) clients under the influence of other substances c) drug overdose d) side effects of psychotropics
4. Civil commitment procedures: a) use of the psychiatric bed registry b) pre-admission screening consultation c) procedure for obtaining an ECO and a TDO (including criminal TDO) d) commitment hearing e) transportation
5. Voluntary and involuntary hospitalizations, including different criteria for children, adults and geriatrics.
6. Statutes related to emergency services.
7. The public mental health system statewide, specifically the client management guidelines.
8. Resources and treatment options available for the various populations in this community.
9. General principles of record keeping plus Region Ten's record keeping policies.
10. Principles of brief treatment and solution oriented therapy.

Skills in:
1. Providing clinical expertise including: a) assessment of: physical status, mental status, mental illness symptoms, degree of danger, suicide risk and need for and side effects of medications. b) interventions of: securing safety for everyone involved, advising for or against an ECO or TDO, and recommending least restrictive option. c) evaluation of: individual crisis response and service system gaps.
2. Providing pre-admission consultation: a) to magistrates, special justices and judges regarding issuing ECOs and TDOs. b) testifying at commitment hearings regarding need for commitment. c) testifying at juvenile commitment hearings as the sole MH professional, regarding need for commitment.
3. Providing emergency consultation in a professional manner to: clients, family members, police, sheriffs, magistrates, judges, courts, admission staff, hospitals and other community agencies.
4. Report writing.
5. Providing short-term crisis counseling.

Abilities to:
1. Under pressure, make quick, sound decisions regarding safety and treatment.
2. Make appropriate interventions in resolving crisis situations.
3. Function independently, yet work flexibly and effectively with other persons, agencies and systems.
4. Facilitate referrals for the least restrictive form of treatment.
5. Maintain paper flow.

Skills Preferred
Medical Degree required

Keywords: TalentBurst, Inc., Charlottesville , Clinician, Other , Charlottesville, Virginia

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