Position Title:                        Crisis Response Clinician

Position Classification:         Hourly

Essential Functions:

To expedite the assessment of individuals with mental illness or substance abuse issues and provide follow up services for those persons identified as high risk for further decompensation or justice system involvement.

The Crisis Response 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.

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

Follow up with individuals 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.

Have a working knowledge of community resources.

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

Maintain effective relationships with coworkers, consumers, and staff from other community 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:

 Bachelor Degree in Human Services Field with one year of experience in mental health and/or substance use disorders.  Must meet the criteria to be registered as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP – A) or Qualified Mental Health Professional Trainee.

 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 and ventilation, and noise levels. Community settings, facilities, individual’s homes with environment as determined by occupant.

Work Location:  1241 N Main St; Rockingham Harrisonburg Regional Jail, Harrisonburg VA; community settings etc.

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.