General Statement of Duties:

This crisis stabilization program is a short term, 7-bed intensive residential program staffed 24 hours a day to provide crisis services to individual with mental health and co-occurring disorders.  CSU Specialist is responsible for providing crisis stabilization services to individuals with a mental illness or co-occurring illness (mental health and substance use related disorder) experiencing a mental health crisis. This includes assessing service needs, developing treatment plans and providing assistance with access to community resources.  CSU Specialist is expected to attend team meetings, other professional meetings and represent the program to the community as needed. CSU Specialist receives direct regular supervision from the CSU Supervisor.  Assures compliance with agency policy, client rights, confidentiality, licensure regulations and Medicaid regulations as applicable.  This position works with other crisis stabilization team members, family members, other caregivers, and community resources.

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

Major Essential Functions:

  1. Assists in providing therapeutic interventions in both individual and group settings to persons who are in crisis due to their mental health status.
  2. Completes admission process and discharge process for individuals being admitted to/discharged from the program.
  3. Provides input in the development of treatment plans that address the needs of the resident’s treatment during enrollment and collaborates with Case Coordinator regarding needed referrals and services upon discharge
  4. Works to establish linkages between resident and naturally occurring supports in the family and community, as well as with other service providing agencies.
  5. Assists residents with daily living tasks as needed, including general facility upkeep, laundry, meal preparation, and transportation.
  6. Accurately completes clinical documentation and other paperwork as required.
  7. In conjunction with other program staff, provides general supervision of the CSU, and ensures that policies and procedures are followed.
  8. Responds to emergency situations that occur and appropriately involves other providers, including other program staff, agency emergency services staff, emergency medical services, and law enforcement, as needed.
  9. Completes other tasks and duties as assigned by supervisor and/or other management staff.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques involved in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with mental health, and co-occurring disorders, both individually and in a group setting.
  • Knowledge of mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring treatment interventions both individually and in a group setting.
  • Good diagnostic, evaluative, and crisis intervention skills.
  • Knowledge of mental health recovery models of care.
  • Knowledge of treatment modalities and intervention techniques, such as group therapy, behavior management, supportive counseling, family education, crisis intervention, and discharge planning.
  • Skills in identifying and documenting a consumer’s needs for resources, services and other support; using information from assessments,
  • Ability to problem-solve and respond quickly to crisis situations. Ability to function calmly in stressful situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and with private and public agency personnel.
  • The ability to work as part of a clinical treatment team is essential.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors level in Human Services plus one year of experience in the human services field or a combination of education and experience that is equivalent is required.
  • QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional) qualifications.