STOI GOV: LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR

Vacancy Ann. # STOI-18-202
Title STOI GOV: LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
Supervisor BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MANAGER
Department HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Location WELLPINIT, WA
Status REGULAR, FULL-TIME
Rate of Pay $25.00 - $28.00/HOUR (DOE/DOQ)
Opening Date DECEMBER 7, 2018
Closing Date DECEMBER 21, 2018

INTRODUCTION: 

The Spokane Tribe operates a Washington State Licensed Behavioral Health Agency which includes treatment services for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. The Agency currently provides services independently for mental health and substance abuse. The goal of our program, and our agency, is to adapt a co-occurring model that allows a single counselor to assess, plan, develop, coordinate, and provide treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to program clients with severe and persistent mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and gambling disorders.

Benefits/Incentives:

  • Ride Sharing Van – Leaves and returns to downtown Spokane 5-days/week.
    • Fees Apply and vary based on ridership. (The more people participating the cheaper it is.)
    • Subject to availability
  • Competitive Benefits Package
  • 14 paid Holidays/year
    • Eligible during probation period.
  • PTO can be accrued during probation.
  • HRSA designated site
    • You may be eligible to receive a grant to pay off student loan debt.
    • See HRSA website for details - https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loan-repayment/benefits.html#nhsc-lrp
  • We’re a smaller agency which can allow for more comprehensive and individualized client care.
  • We offer special paid trainings and travel.

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Will be responsible for accepting referrals, developing treatment plans, crisis interventions, and diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. Referrals can come from multiple external agencies, including in-house drug/alcohol assessments, or during treatment when symptoms are identified and out of scope for the substance abuse program.
  • Provide care coordination services for assigned group of clients.
  • Assume primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating, and revising overall treatment goals and plans in collaboration with the Clinical Team.
  • Provide individual supported counseling and symptom management.
  • Educate and support clients' families and advocate for clients' rights and preferences. Consult with families and community agencies such as DSHS, court systems, housing authorities, etc., to maintain coordination in the treatment process.
  • Conduct comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g. onset, course, and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g. self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
  • Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established policies and procedures.
  • Participate in staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings.
  • Participate in providing information to clients on substance use issues such as the effect on mental and physical health and daily functioning. Participate in planning to reduce use or abstain from the use of substances, and help teach replacement behaviors. Establish linkages with outside inpatient, outpatient, and support group entities (e.g. AA, NA) to allow collaboration in treatment.
  • Provide monthly progress reports to referring agencies and courts.
  • The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment. 

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

  • Knowledge of Mental Health signs and symptoms as defined in the DSM 5, treatment plans, medication management and effects of the medication.  Treatment plans, signed and dated, monthly plan reviews, individual and group counseling practices.
  • Ability to compose letters, write reports, gather and analyze data for presentation to HHS Director.
  • Knowledge of Ethics as it relates to MH.
  • Confidentiality law as it relates to MH and Substance Use Disorders.

PERSONAL CONTACTS/PURPOSE:

  • Will make contact with other providers, inpatient facilities, family members, organizations, individuals who are providing a varied group of services to the tribal member. Personal contacts will be made to individuals who are not in the best place at the time of contact.
  • Assess clients, work with families and get referrals from different agencies for MH services.
  • Make arrangements for bed dates, payments for services, PO for personal items.
  • Report the results of assessments/treatment plans/ compliance to courts, CPS, employers and other necessary entities.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must have a Master’s or Doctoral degree in mental health counseling or a behavioral science master’s or doctoral degree in a field relating to mental health counseling.
  • Possesses an Active and Unrestricted Credential in Washington State as a Licensed Mental Health Professional, or Clinical Social Worker.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in direct services within a Mental Health Program.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License with good driving record and be insurable by the Spokane Tribe of Indians (verifiable).
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to exercise discretion and independent judgement in all areas of job performance including adherence to appropriate professional boundaries and strict confidentiality practices in regard to client activities and documentation.
  • Ability to apply clinical judgement, ethics and accountability to formulate and implement treatment plans and other clinical documentation.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to handle stressful and crisis situations tactfully and appropriately.

Applications Are Available At the Tribal Human Resources Department

P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Geraldine Abrahamson

(509) 458-6583 or (509) 658-6527, Fax # (509) 658-6556

Or down load: www.spokanetribe.com

E-mail: sabrina.mccoy@spokanetribe.com or hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications Must Be Received In The Human Resources Department

No Later Than 4:30 P.M. On The Closing Date

The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants Are Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test

All Positions With The Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A-90 Day Orientation Period