LifeWorks NW provides Intensive Case Management services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SMPI).
The Mental Health Therapist/Case Manager position works with a multidisciplinary team to provide initial mental health assessments, treatment planning, crisis intervention, individual and group behavioral health counseling, case management, individual and group skills training and to assist clients in connecting with health providers, ensuring that they receive their medications and are compliant with probation or court commitment requirements. This position will provide intensive case management services.
This position's home site is in Milwaukie, Oregon (Portland metro area). This position is currently providing telehealth services using Zoom technology through the COVID-19 pandemic 80 percent of the time. There is some community outreach when appropriate.
Hours: This is a full-time position, generally working daytime hours on weekdays. In addition, position is responsible for the 24-hour crisis phone for 7 days out of every 5 weeks.
Pay/Benefits: $1,000 sign-on bonus for this position. $51,407 to $55,905 per year. This position will receive an additional $150 per week when on the crisis phone rotation. Full benefits
- Meets standards for direct service, implementation and utilization of the clinical model, quality of clinical practice and teamwork.
- Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
- Responsible for client orientation including advising clients and significant other(s) of the services offered through the program and recommend services.
- Responsible for client evaluations and performs the initial intake interviews both in the office and in community settings.
- Identifies psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnoses disorders. Identifies appropriate treatment services. Notifies client and significant other(s) of diagnosis and initial recommendations.
- Completes written narrative of evaluation and relevant opening paperwork.
- Develops therapeutic treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs.
- Provides individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, medication training and support, individual or group skills training, and treatment planning utilizing interventions drawn from a variety of clinical and rehabilitation approaches as needed by the client.
- Teaches clients socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
- Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.
- Provides case-coordination by maintaining contact with other agencies, referral source(s) and staff regarding client and significant other(s) involvement in treatment services.
- Reviews and evaluates clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment plans.
- Provides clients or family members with information about mental health and addictions issues and about available services and programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.
- Reports any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of endangerment, neglect, or abuse of children, individuals with severe and persistent mental illness or the elderly.
- Act as client advocates to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
- Responsible for record maintenance including providing appropriate treatment plans, fidelity paperwork and psychometrics and progress notes.
- Transports clients in a personal vehicle. This position requires a significant amount of travel to client homes, other agencies, and to other medical/mental health appointments.
- Meets standards for documentation and work accuracy including timely completion of progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, authorization requests.
- Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related behavioral health field required.
- Demonstrated experience providing services to clients who have severe and persistent mental illness.
- Requires access to car, valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage and ability to meet LifeWorks NW's driving.
- This position requires a valid and active QMHP credential certification through MHACBO or a valid and active status (licensed or registered intern) with an approved Oregon licensing board upon hire.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct an assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, social and working relationships and conducting a mental status examination; complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an individual Service and Support Plan; and provide individual, family and/or group therapy within the scope of their training.
- Must be well organized, have excellent time management skills and be able to manage flexible schedule.
- Demonstrated ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations and maintain cooperative working relationship in a culturally diverse environment.
- Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.
- Must be able to pass DHS background check.
LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to over 30,000 youths, adults, and older adults in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan. Core values include Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. LifeWorks NW is committed to advancing our equity and inclusion work with an emphasis on ensuring an anti-racist organizational culture and practice. We strive to continuously improve the cultural competence and cultural humility of LifeWorks NW, its staff, and its services to clients and consumers in all aspects including race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and status, age, religion, veteran status, citizen status, and ability. LifeWorks NW creates and upholds a work environment that is respectful and inclusive for all. LifeWorks NW services are effective across cultural groups.
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