Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Clinician: Older Adult Lead, Bilingual

    Job Locations US
    Req No.
    2018-3484
    Category
    Counselor/Therapist
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    **THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT ON CONTRACT AWARD**

    COMPANY: Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was established over 30 years ago to provide mental health and substance abuse services. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms to the MHS core values. 

     

    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Benefit eligibility is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records.

    Position Description

    POSITION PURPOSE: The Older Adult Lead clinician provides intervention for clients 60 years or older who have depression or dysthymic disorder that meet the medical necessity criteria for Title 9. Treatment is based on the evidence based practice IMPACT (Improving Mood-Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment) model of service.  The intervention is a one year, collaborative care approach that helps primary care physicians and mental health providers collaborate effectively to treat depression.

     

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Educates clients about mental illness and treatment, with special attention to anxiety and depression, and provides behavioral activation, monitors symptoms of mental illness and response to medication and psychotherapy.
    • Provides linkage and consults with primary care doctor on co-occurring conditions.
    • Works closely with the clinic psychiatrist, nursing staff and primary care provider to revise the treatment plan when clients are not improving.
    • Conducts individual and group counseling using principles of the IMPACT model.
    • Provides case management services to clients as needed.
    • Provides crisis services to older adults as needed.
    • Responds to AIS referrals for outreach services and follows up in a timely manner.
    • Educates clients on healthy, successful aging.
    • Conducts initial assessment of the client including a detailed mental health history and education about the nature of mental illness and the goals and expectations of treatment.
    • Consults with client and primary care provider about treatment options and preferences and coordinates initiation of the treatment plan.
    • Monitors client closely in person and by phone for changes in severity of symptoms and medication side effects; refers clients to medical personnel for further evaluation of symptom severity; educates client about medication side effects and encourages treatment adherence.
    • Uses behavioral activation techniques with clients as an adjunct to other treatments, encouraging the development of meaningful activities in the community.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required in a timely manner.
    • Participates in regular caseload supervision with the treating psychiatrist at the site.
    • Coordinates and facilitates communication between client, primary care physician and psychiatrist.
    • Facilitates treatment referrals as needed.
    • Serves as the clinic resource for issues related to older adults and older adult services in the community.
    • Provides outreach services to older adults in the community.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

    • Best practices in psychiatric, substance abuse, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, and the CCISC model of integrated services for co-occurring disorders.
    • Cultural and socio-economic factors that inform service provision to persons with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders.
    • Current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.
    • Symptoms and treatment of people suffering from co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
    • Behavioral management techniques, crisis intervention skills; assessment, diagnosis and treatment techniques.
    • Laws and ethics guiding the profession.
    • Procedure manuals and an ability to interpret these effectively to staff, family members and community providers.
    • Bilingual, Spanish speaking if the position serves Spanish speaking population.
    • Resourcefulness, initiative and the ability to work with minimal direction and supervision.
    • Skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team.
    • Utilizes logical problem-solving techniques both independently and in collaboration with workers in dealing with client needs.
    • Respond appropriately to crisis situations and perform sound interventions.
    • Perform a psychosocial assessment and create appropriate client plans based on models of care.
    • Perform accurate diagnostic assessments.
    • Interact positively with persons of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and education.
    • Comply with standards of care established for the program and clients.
    • Develop sound therapeutic relationships with clients that facilitate their progress toward stated goals.
    • Create written documentation that is legible, clear, and concise.
    • Maintain the distinction between therapeutic and social relationships.
    • Maintain positive morale and unit cohesion as evidenced by maintaining a cooperative and flexible attitude toward coworkers, showing adaptability to change, exhibiting effective communication and interpersonal skills, and taking initiative to solve problems.
    • Set priorities and reacts appropriately to emergency situations.
    • Bilingual in Spanish or other threshold language required.

    EDUCATION and WORK EXPERIENCE:

    • Master’s Degree in Nursing, Social Work, Counseling or related field.
    • Current Licensure as a MFT, LCSW, or Psychologist or similar licensure.
    • Two years of clinical experience working with older adults in a relevant setting.
    • Extensive knowledge of individual, group, family and cognitive therapy techniques

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