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Job Title Mental Health Specialist - TEAMMATES Program
Posted Nov 21, 2012
Updated Nov 21, 2012
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Starlight CS, San Jose, CA
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Description JOB SUMMARY: This position has primary responsibility for providing mental health services and case management services to children or adolescents and their families referred to the TEAMMATES Program. Services may include engagement, assessment, evaluation, individual/family/group therapy, Child and Family Team support, and case management. The position acts as liaison with external agencies and functions on teams with other clinical and support staff. In addition, the position documents and bills for mental health and case management services, and completes outcomes information. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education Master's degree in a Mental Health Field. Experience Four (4) years experience in a mental health field; experience should be with children or adolescents in residential or outpatient settings. License or Certification MHS II, Level 15: BBS registration as an MFT Intern or MSW Associate. MHS III, Level 16: BBS registration as a LMFT or LCSW. Valid California Driver's License. Other Qualifications Required Ability to relate to clients with emotional disturbances and their families Ability to work effectively with clients and caregivers from diverse cultural backgrounds Ability to drive to and from client’s homes in personal vehicle, and ability to transport clients and/or other family members in personal vehicle. Ability to perform clear, concise and timely documentation Knowledge of Community Resources, especially related to the Mental Health, Educational, Medical and Social Sciences fields, is highly desirable to make appropriate linkages Ability to interact and communicate both verbally and in writing with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents, parents, foster parents, care takers, schools, other staff, physicians, county agencies, other health care providers and the public. Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment. Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to visually and audibly assess the mental status, behavior and needs of potential admissions to the program. Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of community services and county agencies preferred. Physical Requirements Ability to visually and audibly assess adolescent's behavior and needs Ability to sit for periods greater than 2 hours Ability to travel by automobile POTENTIAL JOB HAZARDS Assaultive adolescents Blood and Body Fluid Contact (Category I) Operation of vehicle. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Interviews referred youngsters and significant others to assess and evaluate their appropriateness and need for services. 2. Works with referred adolescents, their families, representatives of referring agencies, and other relevant parties (in-house and external) to promote rehabilitation and amelioration of problems which interfere with productive social and emotional daily living. Services provided may include engagement, assessment, evaluation, individual/family/group therapy, Child and Family Team support, and case management. 3. Acts as liaison with various external agencies (such as Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Mental Health, Probation Department, Dependency Court, and police) to facilitate youngsters’ adjustment in daily living routines. 4. Assists in preparing youngsters for lasting and successful housing, vocational, educational, and treatment experiences. Services include a “whatever it takes” approach and include counseling, shadowing, training, modeling and other interventions deemed necessary. 5. Documents clients’ behaviors and responses in medical records, and bills for services. 6. Maintains on-going relations with other county agencies, health care facilities, placement centers and other resources necessary to affect the continuum of care for adolescents in the community. 7. Uses personal vehicle to drive to and from client’s home to provide mental health services. Occasionally may be required to transport clients and/or client family members in personal vehicle. 8. Interacts and communicates with other clinical and non-clinical staff. 9. Must be available for on-rotation, 24/7 on-call services to assist in crisis intervention and to provide support for problem resolution. 10. Ability and willingness to contribute to agency quality efforts. 11. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and employee will also perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Clinical Supervisor or his/her designee as needed.

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