Stars Behavioral Health Group was recently certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®, based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. According to the study, 75 percent of employees say it is a great workplace.
We are committed to providing a career-enhancing environment for dedicated professionals desiring to improve the lives of people living with mental health and other challenges to their wellbeing. SBHG currently employs approximately 1,700 people at more than 45 different sites throughout California. We serve more than 30,000 adults, children, youth and families annually throughout the state. We strongly value and are committed to having a truly diverse workforce and environment- including LGBTQ, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity in our workforce. We also value lived experience and employ staff who have been consumers of behavioral healthcare or other social services, or supported a consumer as a family member or caregiver.
Our experienced staff of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Specialists, Parent Partners and other therapists/counselors provide case management, mental health care and a range of support services in our outpatient clinics and 24/7 treatment facilities, and in community settings such as schools and homes. Our dedicated teams work collaboratively and in partnership with family members, school administrators and faculty, county social workers, case managers, probation officers and other community-based agencies.
JOB SUMMARY: This position has primary responsibility for mental health services and case management services to children, adolescents, adults and their families. The Mental Health Specialist provides mental health services (including assessment and evaluation as assigned) and other services to clients referred to the Community Services Program. Services include but are not limited to individual, family and collateral therapy, treatment planning, etc. He/she acts as liaison with external agencies and functions on teams with other clinical & support staff. S/he documents and bills for mental health and case management services, and completes outcomes information. May be requested to obtain additional certifications as needed.
MHSII Master's degree in a mental health field with BBS Registered intern number
MHSIII Master's Degree in mental health field with BBS License
Two years' experience in a mental health field with age group(s) to be served by the position in residential or outpatient settings preferred.
License or CertificationMHSII - BBS MFT intern registration or BBS ASW associate registration or LPCI registration & Valid California Driver's License MHSIII - MFCC or LCSW or LPCC license in California Valid California Driver's License.
May be requested to obtain an LPS Certification to put in effect a 5150 hold.
This position may be requested to obtain additional certifications, as necessary, including for evidenced based practices.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interviews referred clients and significant others to assesses and evaluate their appropriateness and need for services.
Works with referred clients, their families, representatives of referring agencies, and other relevant parties (in-house and external) to promote rehabilitation and amelioration of problems which interfere with productive social and emotional daily living.
Demonstrated understanding/basic knowledge of psychiatric illness and mental health interventions, including a general understanding of co-occurring substance abuse disorders.
Ability to perform accurate mental health evaluations; Ability to provide effective individual mental health rehabilitation and case management services; Ability to perform accurate basic dual diagnosis evaluations and make appropriate referrals for dual diagnosis consults and treatment.
Acts as liaison with various external agencies (such as Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Mental Health, Probation Department, Dependency Court, and police) to facilitate clients' adjustment in daily living routines.
Assists in preparing clients for lasting and successful housing, vocational, educational, and treatment experiences.
Services include a “whatever it takes” approach and include counseling, shadowing, training, modeling and other interventions deemed necessary.
Availability by phone to assist in crisis intervention and provide support and assistance in problem resolution during scheduled and non-scheduled, after hours and weekends for assigned and team clients
Provides assessment and support services on an outpatient basis including mental health services, treatment planning and case management and case management brokerage services as outlined in the care and treatment plan.
Ability to coordinate client discharges in a clinically and administratively appropriate manner, in accordance with agency protocols.
Ability to accurately and concisely document client billing and clinical progress notes, treatments plans in EMR while adhering to governing agencies requirements. Governing agencies include but are not limited to, LACDMH, LBUSD, Probation department, SBHG, TJC.
May be requested to obtain an LPS Certification to put in effect a 5150 hold. This would include responding to field based emergencies as needed.
Actively participates in the agency's and SBHG's Total Quality Management and Continuous Quality Improvement systems which support compliance with Joint Commission and other accreditation standards as applicable.
Participates in TQM activities as requested including CQI subcommittees, probes, peer review, audit and/or tracer activities.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Ability to interact and communicate both verbally and in writing with seriously emotionally disturbed children or adolescents or adults and their parents, foster parents, caregivers, schools, other staff, physicians, county agencies, other health care and social services providers and the public.
Ability to provide effective individual/family rehabilitation and case management services
Ability to appropriately conduct and participate in client treatment planning meetings.
Maintains on-going relations with other county agencies, health care facilities, placement centers and other resources necessary to affect the continuum of care for clients in the community.
Interacts and communicates with other clinical and non-clinical staff.
Ability to appropriately complete all required forms, chart reviews and chart updates in a timely manner and in accordance with agency protocols.
Ability to produce clear, concise and timely professional documentation and correspondence in accordance with county and agency protocols.
Knowledge of community resources, especially related to the Mental Health, Education, Medical, Criminal Justice, and Social Services fields, is highly desirable to make appropriate linkages.
Knowledge of Agency Specialty Programs and ability to make appropriate referrals to them.
- Free employee health insurance offered for applicable full time positions
- MFTI and ACSW's receive supervision for BBS hours
- Competitive compensation
- Rewarding work environment with excellent opportunities for career growth
- Excellent work/life balance including generous vacation and holiday pay
- A unique environment – we're an employee owned organization!
- Meaningful relationships with your co-workers and the individuals we serve
- Family-oriented environment
- On the job training including paid CEU opportunities and career development
- Flexible work schedule and environment
- Mileage reimbursement
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