DESC's Crisis Solutions Center (CSC) is currently recruiting for Mental Health Professionals (MHP). See website for specific shift information.
The Mental Health Professional/Case Manager will join a multi-disciplinary team of mental health, chemical dependency and social work professionals providing rapid stabilization, treatment and referrals for individuals in crisis. A 24/7 residential treatment facility, the CSC provides a more therapeutic, less expensive, and more effective alternative for individuals in mental health crisis than the extremes of jail or the emergency room as well as giving first responders an alternative to doing nothing.
MHP's are responsible for providing comprehensive psychosocial assessments; coordinating and problem solving with first responders and other referents; creating and developing detailed recovery oriented disposition plans and linking clients with appropriate community resources.
The CSC consists of three teams working in close collaboration:
- The Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) meets first responders at calls throughout the County, referring individuals to appropriate community providers.
- The 16-bed Crisis Diversion Facility (CDF) admits clients on a voluntary basis for up to 72 hours, and guidelines for referral include having good behavioral control, no history of violence, and willingness to cooperate with services.
- Crisis Diversion Interim Services (CDIS), with 23 beds, accepts individuals who have "graduated" from the Crisis Diversion Facility who are homeless, or at risk for homelessness. Clients may stay for up to 14 days, and will be able to access psychiatric services; mental health and chemical dependency assessments; individual and group counseling; and intensive case management.
- Current Washington Department of Health Minimum Credential as an Agency Affiliated Counselor in good standing.
- Meet minimum criteria as a Mental Health Professional as defined in RCW 71.05, WAC 388-865-0400 which typically requires Master's degree in a social work, psychology or other relevant behavioral science or Bachelor of Nursing degree with specialty in mental health.
- Experience and skills in working with mentally ill individuals who are difficult to engage and may resist services.
- Familiar with Recovery Principles, Crisis Intervention and Stabilization, Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders, Intensive Case Management, Illness Management, and relevant Evidenced based/Emerging best practices.
- Knowledge of Harm Reduction strategies.
- Strong working knowledge of DSM IV (and its successor).
- Valid Washington state driver's license and insurable driving record.
- Bilingual in Spanish/English, preferred.
Strong applicants are able to demonstrate the ability to be positive in their empathic responses to all persons; understand the value of meaningful and deep client engagement; have the potential to acquire the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills of an effective crisis worker; and value a non-judgmental response to sensitive issues. Candidates should be able to accept feedback and work in a highly collaborative and potentially stressful environment.
Go to www.desc.org/joinourteam/ for a detailed job description and salary information.
How to apply
- Please submit a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying for this position, along with a resume, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Email attachments will not be accepted unless they are in a format readable by MS Word or Adobe Reader. Attachments in formats such as .wps or .jpeg will not be accepted.
- You may also mail your cover letter and resume to: DESC, ATTN: Human Resources, 515 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, or fax to (206) 515-1501.
DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
fax to (206) 515-1501
515 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104, US