Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Lead Mental Health Clinician

    Job Locations US-CA-Santee
    Req No.
    2018-3401
    Category
    Counselor/Therapist
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Assertive Community Treatment Intensive Outreach Needs (ACTION) East program offers a dual track treatment model for individuals in the East San Diego area who have either been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and/or a chronic substance use disorder. Services include medication management and monitoring, individual therapy, outpatient substance abuse treatment, case management, employment support, peer counseling and support, and housing services. ACTION East provides a safe environment in which our clients can address all their treatment needs.

     

    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   Since 1978, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”. MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, employee assistance program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick (please see handbook for full list of qualifying criteria).

    Position Description

    The Lead Mental Health Clinician (LMHC) acts as the Licensed Professional of the Healing Arts responsible for clinical care, quality assurance, and program integrity under the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS). THE LMHC also acts as a liaison between treatment providers, the client, referral agencies, County QAR, State auditors, and the Program Manager. LMHC’s are responsible for intake and clinical assessment incorporating ASAM placement criteria, completion of diagnostic determination tools, stay reviews, arrangement and coordination of level of care and comprehensive services, referral to ancillary services, monitoring and evaluation of client progress and changing client needs, and client advocacy. The primary task of the LMHC is to monitor the day-to-day activities of the clients and clinical staff, enforce program policies, supervise DMC-ODS training requirements, complete file review and manage quality assurance processes, provide clinical supervision, and assist the Program Manager with compliance to DMC and Title 22 requirements.  The LMHC will also be assisting clients with face-to-face support in the form of individual sessions, crisis intervention, treatment team review, and other related activities.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

     

    • Assist Program Manager with oversight of the day-to-day clinical operations of the program.
    • Provides clinical supervision to clinical staff under his/her purview as appropriate. Leads regular treatment team meetings and prepares critical care issues for discussion during routine supervision meetings.
    • Completes SUD and Mental Health assessments incorporating ASAM criteria. Determines type and level of care using ASAM placement criteria. Completes all Diagnostic Determination Tools and Stay Reviews for program treatment clients.
    • Properly documents services in the clinical record, prepares service/recovery/treatment plans as appropriate.
    • Conducts chart and treatment plan reviews to ensure compliance with agency, federal, state and local government standards. Conducts file review and attends Quality Assurance Review meetings.
    • Gathers information for intake assessment. Conducts intake interviews, in-custody assessments, and completes individual assessments of client’s status and required comprehensive services.
    • Assist with making appropriate referrals to community providers coordinating and arranging proposed treatment placements with providers. Facilitates placement including arranging pre-placement visits and transportation.
    • Conducts individual and group sessions, crisis intervention, client education groups, and other core competency functions of an SUD/MH clinician.
    • Develops and maintains a caseload as assigned by the Program Manager.
    • Provides community outreach and early intervention activities by supplying information about the program to community agencies connected to the SUD/MH services system in order to educate them about program. Acts as a liaison to global partners.
    • Provides oversight and monitoring of staff training. Provides direct training to clinical staff as appropriate which includes DMC-ODS required trainings such as Motivational Interviewing, ASAM placement A, B & C, relapse prevention, and other evidence-based best practices.
    • Transports clients when necessary.
    • Promotes effective relationships with staff by demonstrating a coordinated team approach to treatment.
    • Provides input on an ongoing basis to develop and improve program service and delivery.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled.
    • Successfully functions as a team member.
    • Maintains a daily log of client contacts.
    • Intervenes in a crisis situation by referring to mental health services.
    • Follows administrative chain of command and assigned duties according to standards established by MHS.
    • Demonstrates responsibility for equipment. Reports and/or repairs missing or damaged equipment and supplies.
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of cultural competency and to routinely demonstrate these traits in every day work relationships. To this end, each MHS employee must undergo a minimum of four hours of cultural competency training annually.
    • Follows and complies with personnel policies and familiar with MHS Personnel Policy Manual.
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPPA standards.
    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and follows guidelines that promote workplace safety.
    • Other relevant duties as assigned.      

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Licensed or license eligible clinician with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (ASW, LCSW, MFT, IMF, LPCC, etc.)
    • Two years of providing substance abuse treatment, mental health care, and/or case management to adults.
    • In-depth knowledge of substance abuse treatment methodologies and diagnostic techniques. Familiarity with San Diego substance abuse services system. Knowledge of Title 22 requirements for service delivery under the Organized Delivery System   

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