General Statement of Duties:

To provide mental health assessments and brief supportive services in collaboration with Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Service Board.  The mental health crisis clinician will work collaboratively with assigned law enforcement officer from Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office to form the Crisis Response Team, together they will respond to mental health crisis related situations in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County. The mental health clinician will provide assessment of serious mental illness for persons in the community as well as in custody at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail. This position will work primarily in the community and will provide follow up services for persons identified as high risk or high needs to prevent further decompensation and justice system involvement. The mental health crisis clinician is expected to exercise considerable independence and autonomy in day to day decision-making related to the delivery of services to a diverse population. Is directly supervised by the Community Crisis Supervisor.

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

 Major Essential Functions:

Will work collaboratively with law enforcement organizations and existing mobile crisis unit.

Provides mental health assessments to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis in the community.

Provides brief supportive services to individuals following contact with the crisis response team.

Provides case management services to identified population of high risk females and those with immediate needs prior to being assigned to CSB mental health case management services.

Deliberate and improved communication between community responders and emergency services to fill service gaps.

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

Connect mental health consumers who have frequent interactions with law enforcement or the mental health system to appropriate resources within the community.

Follow up with individuals that have been determined as having a mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders that 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.

Will maintain a working knowledge of community resources.

Assure compliance with agency policy, confidentiality, client’s rights, licensure regulations and Medicaid regulations as applicable.

Meets agency standards for same day documentation and staff productivity expectations according to agency policy.

Maintain effective relationships with coworkers, consumers, and staff based on courtesy, compassion and respect.

Regular and reliable attendance is required.

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 mental health diagnosis and case management; ability to work effectively with a variety of client populations, 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:

Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia as an LPC or LCSW, or eligible to be licensed upon completion of residency and testing is preferred. Candidate with QMHP-A certification may be considered for this position. Experience working with adults with mental illness and substance use disorders. Experience in crisis work a plus.

Additional 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: 1241 North Main St, Rockingham Harrisonburg Regional Jail, Harrisonburg, Va., individuals’ homes, facilities, and or community settings.

Work Hazards: Moderate hazards associated with community and home based services.

Work Schedule:  40 hours per week – Monday-Friday, 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. Flexibility needed for crisis situations. Additional hours as needed to perform job requirements.