Website City of Round Rock
The Behavioral Health Specialist is responsible for responding to highly confidential, sensitive and/or life-threatening situations involving behavior al health crises. This position provides interventions and clinical techniques to resolve immediate and critical situations,de-escalation techniques, field-based health assessments, and client(s) advocacy. This position coordinates patient care with hospitals, law enforcement, the jail, and outpatient providers.
- Advocates for and coordinates care/services/treatment for individuals and/or families with medical hospitals, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and substance use treatment facilities, programs, and providers, social services, lawenforcement, community health paramedics, correctional facilities, and anarray of social services.
- May provide payment foremergency assistance rendered to clients as needed.
- Document encounters with clients by using EHR system to provide in depth information on encounters and current/past interventions that clients are using. Complete crisis assessments and notes in patientcharts.
- Partner with client(s) to identify needs, agree on goals, choose treatment methods, and articulate specific treatment outcomes and objectives.
- Complete field based behavioral health assessment forchild, adolescent, adult, and geriatric aged individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis such as suicidality, homicidality, psychosis, functional impairment and/or substance disorders in coordination with public safety personnel and communitypartners.
- First responder to clients in behavioral health emergencies including suicidal or homicidal ideation, psychosis and substance use disorders with a focus on diversion from jail and emergency rooms.
- Establish and maintain partnerships with other organizations to assist in providing comprehensive treatment for all clients.
- Agencies may include treatment facilities, medical providers, peer support specialists, and other harm reduction agencies.
- Collaborate with local and national harm reduction agencies to develop innovative ideas to improve overall risk reduction services.
- Utilizes verbal de-escalation strategies with individuals/families/communitypartnersin crisis situations both in person or over the phone, in a variety of settings in the field, alone or with other community partners.
- Assess for relevant safety and risk factors to ensure safety of all parties on scene.
- Transport clients to mental health facilities, respite centers, crisis centers, sobering centers and other locations as needed to mitigate a crisis.
- Valid Texas Driver License
- Certificates and Licenses Required
- One (1)year of experience providing behavior al health or social services in a community setting.
Qualification & Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, public health or related field
- Preferred: Licensure in psychology, social work, educational psychology or related field(i.e., LPC, LBSW, LMSW)
- Preferred: Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, public health, or related field
Company: City of Round Rock
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Functions: Other
Job Location: Round Rock, TX, US
Application Deadline: N/A