As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Harborview Medical Center's Mental Health and Addiction Services has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER. Under general supervision, the Mental Health Practitioner provides psychiatric assessments in hospital emergency rooms or community settings. This position also provides community contact to those patients who are suspected to be in need of psychiatric assessment due to evidence of reported risk by persons in their support system. This position provides community outreach support to all the Recovery Case management teams in the clinic.
This position is responsible for implementing the goals of the program, which are to promote community stability of patients by engagement in mental health services and treatment planning as well as assistance in securing and maintaining housing, benefits and culturally relevant treatment to meet their needs, and to assist patients in developing meaningful and productive activities. The Mental Health Practitioner will be expected to be able to work with a wide variety of patients.
As part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, work with patients and their social networks to assist in their recovery from mental illness
Assess patient needs and determine interventions
May assist clients obtaining housing and funding as necessary to prevent inappropriate use of crisis services
Facilitate diversion from voluntary and involuntary psychiatric hospitalization when clinically appropriate
Participate in case reviews as appropriate
Chart patient contact in the medical record in a timely manner per policy
Collect data for evaluation and quality improvement as assigned
Assess crises and determine interventions
Coordinate medication services with team’s medical staff
Lead or co-lead groups as assigned
Assist in the development and planning of groups relevant to the needs of clients
Prepare information requested by outside agencies such as DSHS, Social Security Administration, and Seattle Housing Authority
Provide consultation on ethnic minority population to clinical staff
Provide coverage for other team members as assigned
Participate in community program planning
Maintain required daily entries in computer log
Complete payroll documentation/leave requests in timely manner
Participate in HMC Disaster Drills and required HMC training and orientation
Provide consultation to referring practitioners and other members of treatment community as needed to assure continuity of care for program clients
Assure regulations related to client confidentiality are maintained
Assure regulations related to monitoring clients who are on a Least Restrictive Order are maintained
Participate in individual or group supervision as negotiated with supervisor/manager
Participate in HMC ongoing educational opportunities as appropriate
Maintain appropriate State of Washington license or registration
Obtain training and education relevant to the needs of program and populations served
Obtain continuing education to stay current with trends in mental health, regulations and other pertinent information
Testify in judicial proceedings in response to subpoenas
Perform other duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS: A Master's Degree in behavioral sciences, such as psychology, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, vocational or educational counseling, or social work OR Bachelor's Degree in nursing or a behavioral science AND three years' of experience in the direct delivery of professional mental health care.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/ registration.
LEGAL REQUIREMENT: Department of Health certification as a Chemical Dependency Professional or Registered Counselor in a Chemical Dependency Trainee status.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.