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Mental Health/Substance Use Counselor: CARES Crisis Clinician

Buffalo, Orchard Park, West Seneca

Summary of Position Function

Ensure that all CARES clients (children, adolescents and their families) receive the highest quality mental health assessments, crisis intervention, safety planning and service coordination necessary to safely maintain children in the community in accordance with their individual family needs and plan. Deliver all services consistent with the content and spirit of Agency Standards of Practice. Work effectively as a high performing team member with children, adolescents and families as well as other key stakeholders to accomplish these objectives.

Provide Crisis intervention for adult clients of SHHS  and affiliated agencies with a goal of promoting the safety and wellbeing of the clients, their families, and the community as a whole. Re-engage clients back to SHHS clinics and appropriate services as needed.

Education Requirements

  • Educational qualifications must match regulatory requirements.
  • Masters degree (in the following preferred areas): social work, mental health counseling,  psychology, rehabilitation counseling or psychiatric nursing .

Experience

  • Two (2) years full-time paid experience in a comprehensive behavioral healthcare organization serving at-risk children, adolescents and their families. Experience must include direct work and clinical assessments with one or more of the following populations: at-risk children, adolescents, adults and families in a range of clinical and community settings that includes crisis intervention, safety planning and service coordination.
  • Experience with OPWDD and court involved youth highly desirable. Ability to work effectively with children, adolescents, families, staff and community contacts from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Experience must meet regulatory requirements.

Must possess a valid Driver’s License.

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Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate competence to function as a MHL 9.45 designee as authorized by the Director of Community Services in various counties.
  • Provide high quality psycho-social and mental status assessments as appropriate to children and their families in crisis situations due to emotional, behavioral or mental health problems; initiate requests for required services, phone calls, agency information, etc.
  • Provide effective crisis intervention services and solution-focused treatment to families that empower them until follow-up services can be obtained for children and their families.
  • Respond effectively to emergency phone calls and provide crisis interventions to help alleviate a mental health crisis; provide information to coordinate and provide additional services to families and follow-up services.
  • Arrange transportation for children needing to be placed for their safety in the most normalizing least restrictive setting consistent with their needs and family decision-making.
  • Work effectively with emergency rooms and in-patient psychiatric hospitals assisting them with potential admissions and, where appropriate to the mental status, providing/implementing community-based crisis stabilization alternatives to hospitalization.
  • Maintain records, reports and legal documents consistent with Agency standards of practice including the Fidelity Electronic Health  Record (EHR), and various Cerner/Millennium systems.
  • Function as the responsible team leader when providing services paired with a Bachelors level Crisis Clinician together providing either initial or follow-up services to a family.

SKILLS/COMPETENCIES:

  • Practice history indicates a commitment to strength-based, family focused values.
  • Licensure as a Social Worker and two (2) years experience
  • Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor and two (2) years experience
  • Limited Permit or Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor and two (2) years experience

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