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Mental Health Assessment Clinician

Rockdale County Department of Talent Management

Posted: Mar. 9, 2018

End Date: Apr. 28, 2018


This position is responsible for clinically assessing the needs of adults referred by the adult criminal courts. Duties include participating in team meetings and to develop service plans or plans of action for the client and family. Work also includes brief clinical intervention and instruction to clients coordinating services with other agencies. This is a regular grant-funded part-time position.

 

 Examples of Duties:
  • Administers mental health screenings, assessments, and referrals for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Use issues, scores and interprets results of the assessment, completes brief psychosocial history, compiles data, formulates reports and maintains charts.
  • Identifies recommendations to initiate mental health/substance abuse treatment and submits results to the referring court and program staff.
  • Utilizes professional skill and judgment in response to crisis situations as needed.
  • Researches available services and programs to provide referrals for mental health, substance abuse treatment, and social services.
  • Reviews background materials for each client and plans appropriate therapeutic methodologies.
  • Makes appropriate referrals for mental health/substance abuse services by contacting local providers and scheduling therapeutic appointments.
  • Attends accountability court team meetings to provide assessment results and treatment plan information.
  • Serves as a point of contact for the Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative program.
  • In conjunction with other program staff, monitors the progress of clients and makes reports to referring court workers as requested regarding the status of clients.
  • Networks with local mental health and substance use service providers in order to be knowledgeable about treatments/services provided in order to make the most appropriate referrals for clients.
  • Administers risk assessments and ensures that appropriate clinical measures are taken on behalf of clients at risk of harm to themselves or others.
  • Communicates with agencies/providers, clients, and families to promote the continuation of care.
  • Communicates with clients, mental health/substance abuse providers, and other agencies to determine the strengths and weaknesses of existing programs.
  • Participates in planning meetings, reviews and other team meetings as needed related to clients and to the program.
  • In conjunction with program staff, records demographic data, recommendations and treatment progress.
  • Maintains and reports statistical data for program evaluation in an effort to facilitate advocacy, increase program implementation and funding opportunities.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information.
  • Responds to requests from the funding agency and program staff.   


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES 

  • Knowledge of current trends and treatment approaches for adults with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.
  • Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of community and social agencies.
  • Knowledge of psychological principles.
  • Knowledge of psychotropic medications and side effects, and Professional working knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th and 5th editions published by the American Psychiatric Association, and diagnostic skill.
  • Knowledge of computer applications.
  • Skill in interviewing and providing counseling.
  • Skill in operating modern office equipment. 
  • Skill in writing and editing various forms of information materials utilizing proper grammar, punctuation, syntax, and clarity.
  • Skill in time management and organization practices including scheduling and prioritizing tasks.
  • Ability to meet tactfully and effectively with the public.
  • Ability to listen and maintain open communication with people who may be angry, frustrated, or fearful.
  • Ability to deal with potential hostility and verbal abuse.
  • Ability to learn, interpret, and apply pertinent Federal, State and County laws, codes and regulations.
  • Ability to exercise mature judgment and professional handling of confidential matters. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines expeditiously and perform under stressful circumstances.
  • Ability to comprehend and execute written directives and materials as appropriate. 
  • Ability to exercise patience and sensitivity to families and persons in crisis.
  • Ability to identify triage situations and determine most appropriate referrals based on the situation.
  • Ability to interpret and appropriately communicate legal constraints and procedures.
  • Ability to authoritatively manage and obtain the cooperation of parties, persons, and agencies.
  • Ability to effectively and appropriately respond to emergency matters.
  • Ability to travel within the required service area.

 

 Typical Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in psychology, counseling or social work.
  • Three (3) years experience providing assessment services, counseling, crisis intervention, and/or case management.
  • Active and fully unrestricted professional clinical license as a professional counselor, social worker, marriage and family therapist, or psychologist. 
  • Valid State of Georgia Driver's license.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain professional liability insurance throughout the entire duration of employment.