The Emergency Services Clinician/ Law Enforcement Liaison will work with core emergency services team and law enforcement to identify clients in need of services and to take a more proactive approach in meeting program demands. The overall goals are to reduce unnecessary Emergency Department
utilization, assist in diverting inpatient psychiatric admissions by providing
counseling and therapeutic support to clients in crisis, with the emphasis on
reducing unnecessary interactions with law enforcement to decrease
incarceration rates and over utilization of other Emergency personnel. This
position is responsible for providing mental health crisis assessment,
intervention and brief treatment services to a diverse population of clients in
crisis. In addition, the crisis clinician will provide appropriate
recommendations for care and linkage services for clients requiring on-going
- Collaborate with core crisis team and law
enforcement to provide support to clients in crisis, reduce unnecessary
interactions with law enforcement or the criminal justice system.
- Collaborate with core crisis team to identify
clients currently in crisis, or at risk of going into crisis, to better assess
overall needs and to assist them in meeting those needs.
- Interacts with
individuals, families and other agencies to coordinate care while utilizing
consumer strengths and environmental resources to improve social, emotional and
- Assist in reducing unnecessary Emergency
Department utilization by clients with primary mental health needs.
- Work with Agency staff to provide appropriate
level of support in an effort to reduce inpatient psychiatric admissions.
- Proactively reach out to identified clients
who are at risk of relapse or mental health crisis.
- Conduct program specific screening and
evaluation, and formulate diagnosis in accordance with the Diagnostic
Statistical Manual (DSM).
- Triage clinical emergencies and implement
program specific safety and consultation protocols.
- Utilize best practices and evidenced based
practice models where appropriate and adheres to model and program
- Develop and document, clear clinical
formulations, crisis and treatment plans that are individualized and
measurable, developed in collaboration with the client/family and others as
- Demonstrate knowledge of internal and external
levels of care, referral processes and resources.
- Make clinically appropriate referrals for
identified service needs in a timely manner.
- May participate in community-based meetings and
conference calls with emergency departments, inpatient units, congregate care
providers, other providers to assist in care planning and to address system
issues which may impact increased emergency department and inpatient unit
utilization of high needs.
- Communicate and collaborate in a positive,
effective manner with client, family, and all internal and external providers.
- Attend and participate in scheduled supervision
and required staff meetings.
- Seek additional supervision or consultation as
needed and follow through with supervisory directives.
- Attend all trainings as required by the Agency, the program, or other entity
- Continue to develop knowledge and understanding
about the history, traditions, values, family systems, and artistic expressions
of groups served as well as use appropriate methodological approaches, skills,
and techniques that reflect an understanding of culture.
Qualifications and Competencies:
- Master's Degree in clinical psychology, social
work or related field is required.
- Experience working in crisis, emergency room, or
community-based services preferred.
- Obtain Allied Health Privileges or status as employee of RRMC after hire.
- Demonstrates knowledge of psychopathology,
crisis theory and other behavioral health concerns and primary modalities of
- Experience in crisis intervention services, risk
management, assessment of suicide potential and integrated treatment for
co-occurring disorders preferred.
- Ability to join with clients and families in
distress and work with them in disposition planning.
- Must be willing to provide services in clients'
homes and community settings.
- Must be available to work shifts as assigned
including overnights and weekends.
- Possess excellent communication and
- Ability to function autonomously in stressful
situations and make appropriate assessments in coordination with on-call
- Must have the ability to utilize
computer-supported collaborative work software, and have demonstrated
proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications and Electronic Medical Record
- Knowledge of maintaining and executing
confidential information using HIPPA standards.
- Must have a valid driver's license, reliable
transportation with personal automobile liability insurance coverage at or
above the levels mandated by the State of Vermont.
- Successful completion of a criminal history
background check after hire.
Community Care Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.