Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Registered Nurse

    Job Locations US-CA-FRESNO
    Req No.
    2018-3539
    Category
    Nurses/Doctors
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    Our Fresno IMPACT program offers 24-hour community-based treatment for individuals who have accessed emergency response system at a higher than normal rate and who have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse problem.  All clients of IMPACT are eligible to receive medication management and monitoring, therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, case management, vocational rehabilitation, peer counseling and support, and housing services.

     

    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 for eligible employees.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Co-Occurring Disorders Mental Health Services Program provides a welcoming, recovery oriented, co-occurring disorder capable Full Service Partnership program designed and targeted towards adult and older adult client with active co-occurring disorder and symptoms. Incumbent will serve as Registered Nurse for Co-Occurring Disorders Mental Health Services Team for persons with severe mental illness who are or have been homeless. The Traditional case management program provides clinical, recovery/rehabilitation-oriented case management services to individuals with serious mental illness. The range of authority and decisions making for this position is limited to and consistent with MHS Policy for nursing staff.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

     

    • Provides case management for clients including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the treatment team.
    • Assumes responsibility for developing, writing, implementing and evaluating overall treatment goals.
    • Provides individual and group supportive counseling and symptom management.
    • Ensures coordination with primary care as needed. Educates and support clients and family members.
    • Conducts psychiatric history; mental status; medical and dental history
    • Works with Psychiatrist to monitor the psychiatric well-being of clients.
    • Dispenses and accounts for all prescribed medication.
    • Facilitates and/or coordinates educational and training for staff, clients and family.
    • Assists in administering Patient Assistance Program, ensuring efficiency and accuracy in all aspects.
    • Responds appropriately to medical emergencies. Provides crisis intervention as needed.
    • Carries a small caseload. Primarily provides services in the field.
    • Provide 24-hour on-call coverage in rotation with other staff.
    • Initiates appropriate and timely interventions on an ongoing basis; provides crisis intervention as needed.
    • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.
    • Assists Psychiatrist in developing, maintaining, and supervising pharmacologic and medical treatment and medication policies and procedures; including administering and evaluating medications prescribed by Psychiatrist, evaluating medication effectiveness, side effects, and complications; and arranging for lab work according to protocol.
    • Participates in and represents program at Medication Monitoring Committee meetings; acts as liaison with Program Psychiatrist to obtain corrections to documentation and adjustments to procedures as needed.
    • Serves in a mentoring role to staff and interns re pharmacology and patient care.

    Qualifications

    • Fluency in English required; Fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog or Arabic is preferred if the position serves that population.
    • Possession of a nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Experience treating psychiatric and dually diagnosed populations.
    • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.
    • Working knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
    • Knowledge of assessment, diagnosis and treatment techniques.
    • Possesses working knowledge of behavioral management techniques and crisis intervention skills.
    • Knowledgeable of CCISC initiative as it relates to patient care.
    • Have current relevant training in MI and the Stages of Change Model.

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