LifeWorks NW
  • Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Mental Health - Master's degree

Full benefits such as medical, dental and paid time off (PTO)


The Mental Health Therapist position will work at LifeWorks NW's Certified Community Behavioral Healthcare Clinics (CCBHC). In 2017, LifeWorks NW was selected to represent Oregon in the federal demonstration project to implement CCBHCs to advance delivery of behavioral health care. LifeWorks NW's CCBHC sites will provide comprehensive client care through a team-based approach with services that include mental health and substance use counseling, peer-delivered health and wellness services, primary care services and psychiatric rehabilitation. Staff that work at our CCBHC sites will collaborate with others to care for individuals through daily interactions and support, counseling, skills training, care coordination, health promotion and education, medication management services and supportive services with preventive approach

LifeWorks NW's Rapid Response Team provides rapid response to enrolled LifeWorks NW (LWNW) clients who are hospitalized in acute psychiatric units or who are seeking services through a hospital Emergency Department (ED). 

PURPOSE: Provide transitional services for enrolled individuals transitioning back to their mental health or addictions program. Provide crisis intervention services to individuals in EDs to divert them from hospitalization. Clinicians meet with clients in hospitals, emergency departments, in the community and clinic settings. Clinician works primarily with adults, presenting with a full array of diagnostic concerns who have recently been hospitalized or treated in ED's. 

HOURS: This is a full time position.

RATE OF PAY: $50,907 to $55,361 per year/ Full benefits such as medical, dental and paid time off (PTO) / Extra pay for Spanish speaking fluency.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conducts mental health assessments, including risk assessments, manages crisis situations to prevent hospitalization, develops short-term client centered stabilization plans, and assists with linkage to ongoing programming and other community resources as necessary.
  • Clinician works primarily with adults, presenting with a full array of diagnostic concerns who have recently been hospitalized or treated in Emergency Departments. There may also be opportunities for linking children and families to LWNW's Child & Family services.
  • Provide transitional services for enrolled individuals transitioning back to their mental health or addictions program. Clinicians engage clients who may have become disconnected from services and provide temporary bridge supports to help the client re-engage with their clinical program.
  • Assures that hospitalized individuals are seen within seven days of hospitalization. Follows up with individuals who don't show for their first scheduled appointment following hospitalization.
  • Clinicians meet with clients in hospitals, emergency departments, the community and clinic settings coordinating services with hospital and ED social workers as well as other clinicians throughout LWNW's range of clinical programs.
  • Performs client evaluations and risk assessments. Develops a short term stabilization or safety plan to relieve the present mental health crisis and to provide a stable environment for clients. Completes written narrative of evaluation and obtains necessary releases. Coordinates with clients' treatment team.
  • Provides consultation and training to hospital staff and assists in development and coordination of hospital discharge plans.
  • Maintains awareness of LWNW programming including protocols and community referral resources. Helps to build positive relationships with other community providers and provides appropriate referral services.
  • Arranges transportation for clients to attend clinical and community appointments.
  • Maintains professional presentation in the community at all times and responds to all situations / calls with a customer service attitude.
  • Prepares mental health evaluations and reports for all client contacts. Maintains clear and concise records. Maintains case files that include activities, progress notes, evaluations, and recommendations according to confidentiality guidelines. Completes documentation in an electronic health records system. Completes time and attendance forms.
  • Meets performance standards for productivity, documentation (including progress notes, assessments, treatment plans and authorization requests), proficiency in clinical model and evidence based practices, quality of care (including engagement and retention), and teamwork.
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with LWNW clinical staff and strategizes how best to integrate their services into ongoing service provision.
  • Travels between sites and in the community. 
  • Requires some evening and weekend shifts.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong assessment, decision-making and interpersonal skills are absolute necessities for this position.
  • Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a Mental Health related field (QMHP) required.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct a mental health crisis assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, social and working relationships and conducting a mental status examination; complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an Individual Service and Support Plan; and provide individual, family and/or group therapy to address chemical dependency and/or mental health problems.
  • More than 1 year of experience preferred in a broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessments with children and families or adult individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) fluency preferred, but not required. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively on a highly interdependent team, necessary skill sets include: initiative, dependability, flexibility and strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain case management in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks' policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system. This includes the ability to enter data and retrieve data and to prepare simple reports.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and access to a personal vehicle. 

LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community.
LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with law.
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