CO-OCCURRING MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR

Vacancy Ann. # STOI-18-033
Title CO-OCCURRING MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
Supervisor BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MANAGER
Department HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Location WELLPINIT, WA
Status REGULAR, FULL-TIME
Rate of Pay $23.00 - $25.00/HOUR (DOE/DOQ)
Opening Date JANUARY 23, 2018
Closing Date OPEN UNTIL FILLED **REVISED**

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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 provides services independently for mental health and substance abuse. The goal of this position, 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 and substance use disorders.

MAJOR DUTIES:

Will be responsible for accepting referrals for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The referrals can come during the assessment phase, or during treatment when it comes to the attention of the counselor that there are co-occurring issues with the client that are beyond their scope of work.

  • 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. Serve as the team's substance abuse specialist.
  • Assist clients in finding and maintaining a safe, affordable place to live.
  • Help clients to access reliable transportation.
  • Assist and support clients in finding and effectively using a primary care physician and a dentist. Work with team to coordinate psychiatric care with medical care.
  • Monitor assigned clients for LRA compliance.
  • Maintain proficiency in current trends in mental health, including health care reform and information technology.
  • Provide monthly progress reports to referring agencies and courts by the 10th of each month.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description. 

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:

  • Knowledge of Substance Use Disorders signs and symptoms as defined in the DSM 5, development of a treatment plan, plan reviews, individual and group counseling practices as outlined in WAC 388-887B.
  • 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 as outlined in WAC 388- 887A.
  • Documentation of face to face encounter on the PCC for case notes and billing documentation.
  • Working knowledge of ICD-10 codes.
  • Ability to compose letters, write reports, gather and analyze data for presentation to HHS Director.
  • Knowledge of Ethics as it relates to MH and CD.
  • Confidentiality law as it relates to MH and CD.
  • Knowledge of the Integration of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders into the Behavioral Health Integration Services Initiative.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Holds a Master’s degree from an accredited institution in mental health counseling, Social work or other closely related field.
  • Possesses an Active and Unrestricted Credential in Washington State as a Licensed Mental Health Professional, or Clinical Social Worker.
  • Possesses an Active and Unrestricted Credential in Washington State as a Chemical Dependency Professional, or CDPT.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in direct services within a Mental Health Program.
  • Minimum of 1-year experience in direct services within a state licensed SUD program if a CDPT.
  • Possess a valid National Provider Identification Number (NPI), or proof of application must be provided within sixty (60) days of beginning employment.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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