Position Title:                        Adult Mobile Crisis Clinician

Position Classification:         Hourly

Essential Functions:

To expedite the assessment of serious mental illness for persons in custody and provide follow up services for those persons identified as high risk for further decompensation and justice system involvement

The Mental Health Crisis clinician is expected to exercise considerable independence and autonomy in day to day decisions making related to the delivery of services to a diverse population.  He/She will report directly to the Emergency Services Supervisor.

This position is classified non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Create a partnership with mental health and law enforcement organizations.

Develop and expand components necessary for a comprehensive system of care for persons with mental illness.

Fill service gaps identified in Intercept 1 of the Sequential Intercept Model for this community.

Appropriately divert persons requiring immediate psychiatric interventions prior to entering the criminal justice system.

Supportive counseling for those identified with serious mental illness while incarcerated.

Connect frequent mental health consumers to resources within the mental health system.

Follow up with individual that have been determined as having a mental illness and have been released from the criminal justice system.

Reduce law enforcement time on calls associated with mental health consumers.

Increase overall treatment satisfaction for mental health consumers.

Have a working knowledge of community resources.

Assures compliance with agency policy, confidentiality, clients rights, licensure regulations and Medicaid regulations as applicable.  Meets agency standards for staff productivity.

Maintain effective relationships with coworkers, consumers, and staff from other child serving agencies based on courtesy, compassion and respect.

Is responsible for other duties as assigned, consistent with Board policies and procedures and with program and client needs.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

 This position requires a thorough knowledge of principles, practices and methods of mental health counseling, specifically as it relates to MH diagnosis and case management; ability to work effectively with clients, co-workers and service providers from the community; knowledge of crisis intervention and emergency techniques; knowledge of and adherence to basic ethics appropriate for the helping relationship; the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; and demonstrated good judgment and creativity is a must.

Additional Requirements:

 Possession of a current, valid Virginia driver’s license and acceptable driving record.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Certified Prescreener, Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia as an LPC or LCSW, or eligible to be licensed upon completion of residency and testing.  Experience with families, children, mental health, substance use disorders,

 Other Information:

 Equipment: Telephone, copy machine, vehicle, PC, cell phone, and electronic signature pads.

Work Environment: General office environment with normal lighting levels, temperature, air quality, ventilation and noise levels. Community settings, facilities, individual’s homes with environment as determined by occupant.

Work Location: Rockingham Harrisonburg Regional Jail, Harrisonburg, Va., individuals’ homes, facilities, and or community settings.

Work Hazards: Minimal Hazards associated with community and home based services.

Work Schedule:  20 hours per week – some evenings as required during crisis.  Additional hours as needed to perform job requirements.