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Mental Health Specialist 2 - Intake - Eugene, OR

Company: Lane County Gov
Job type: full-time
Category: Hospital, Health Care

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Description This position provides comprehensive professional level assessment in an electronic health record, case management, and treatment services to adults with severe and persistent mental health issues. Job duties will include, but are not limited to: work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team within behavioral health services and with the government, law enforcement, primary care, and community partners; contribute to community mental health clinic development and continuous improvement efforts. A portion of this position may be designated for forensic work. Lane County Behavioral Health provides services to more than 1,200 individuals with behavioral health conditions. We work with community partners to provide a continuum of care from prevention through treatment and aftercare in an environment that promotes a culture of resilience and recovery. To provide professional mental health assessment and treatment services to clients who have mental illnesses or mental disorders; and to perform related duties as assigned. Lane County Behavioral Health is a participant in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program. Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 5:00pm. *This is a AFSCME represented position* Examples of Duties - Duties may include, but are not limited to the following Provides a variety of mental health services to clients who may have mental illness or mental disorders, to include substance use disorders or psychosexual disorders. Screens and evaluates referred clients to determine whether clients have a major mental illness or disorder and meet criteria for eligibility for program services. Performs in-depth assessments of referred clients to determine mental health needs; completes client interviews, obtains social, emotional, criminal and substance abuse histories, identifies client needs, and assesses treatment options; conducts mental status evaluations using approved diagnostic manual. Prepares written reports with diagnostic impressions for review by psychiatrist/physician. Develops written comprehensive community treatment plans based on identified needs; works with clients to establish goals and objectives and determines treatment methods. Provides individual and group counseling; guides clients in obtaining insight into their emotional problems and in changing behavior patterns; works with short- and long-term cases of a difficult nature. Refers clients to outside agencies for additional social, economic, and medical services as needed; arranges and coordinates service provision; develops support service information and referral procedures. Observes clients using prescribed medications for possible side effects and for effectiveness of medications, and refers clients to physicians/psychiatrists. Acts as special consultant to other community agencies serving patients with significant mental health needs. Serves as expert witness and consultant in civil and criminal proceedings; provides reports to courts regarding sentencing alternatives, treatment options and client progress. Monitors client payment records and billing information, and sets payment schedules with clients. Serves as liaison with hospitals on screening and discharge planning for patients. Maintains detailed, up to date and accurate records of all client evaluations, therapy sessions, consultations, treatment plans, progress notes and other information; prepares comprehensive evaluation reports. Interviews relatives of patients applying for services to obtain psychological histories, and interprets data regarding prior mental health problems, present behavior, and personal and social factors. Minimum Qualifications Knowledge of: Principles, practices and techniques of mental health assessment and treatment including the social, emotional and behavioral aspects of mental illness, addictive and/or psychosexual disorders. Community mental health programs and services and their procedures and practices. Psychological testing procedures and the interpretation of results. Laws, rules and regulations governing the assessment and treatment of mental health clients. Clinical manifestation and patterns of chemical dependency, and chemical dependency treatment methods and practices. Group dynamics and the theories and practices of group therapy. Ability to: Assess and treat a variety of mental, addictive, and psychosexual disorders within the scope of mental health services provided by Lane County. Counsel and negotiate with clients to provide an effective treatment plan. Coordinate efforts with other specialists, agencies and organizations. Provide treatment within the scope of a clearly defined law, regulation or program definition. Utilize community resources in a mental health or substance abuse or other related rehabilitation program. Present and discuss topics in front of a group of clients, staff or the public, and lead the group to an appropriate conclusion. Interview clients and their families to


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