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Senior Crisis Clinician – C.A.R.E.S.

Niagara Falls

Summary of Position Function

Ensure that all Children/Youth 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 the Family Voices and Agency Standards of Practice as well as WRAP Core Values. Work effectively as a high performing team member with children, adolescents, families, Family Voices Network, Family Court F.S.T./Early Intervention as well as other key stakeholders to accomplish these objectives.

Education Requirements

  • Master’s degree in psychiatric social work, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, rehabilitation counseling or psychiatric nursing.


  • 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 at-risk children, adolescents and their 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.

Must possess a valid Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record.

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Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • 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, or transport if necessary, 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, WRAP and F.S.T./Early Intervention services standards of practice including the CareManager system
  • Function as the responsible team leader when providing services paired with a B.A. level Family Specialist  together providing either initial or follow-up services to a family

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