Mental Health Clinician - MIST

Job Overview

We are temporarily offering a signing bonus for this position of $3,000.

The Misdemeanor Incompetent to Stand Trial (MIST) Program serves defendants in Los Angeles that are facing misdemeanor charges and found incompetent to stand trial. This population is often chronically homeless with severe mental health disorders and, without alternative resources must remain in the County Jail, until their maximum sentence is served or are restored to competency. The Los Angeles’ Health Agency’s Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR) has addressed the needs of this population through a diversion program that places them in residential community settings. The goal of MIST is to restore these individuals to competency whilst living and receiving treatment in the community. Program participants are under an active Court order and required to remain medication compliant while in residence. Upon successful program completion, misdemeanor charges are dropped, and program participants are transitioned into permanent supportive housing. This particular HealthRIGHT360 (HR360) MIST facility is home to 35 male clients in a private, residential setting, that work with a multidisciplinary team comprised of: a Director, Operations Supervisor, Clinical Team Leader, Mental Health Clinician, Case Managers, Nurse, Psychiatrist, Facility Monitors, and a Housing Manager. The Mental Health Clinician contributes to the HR360 multi-disciplinary team by supporting the clinical approach and carrying out treatment driven interventions. This program operates on the primary principals of Harm Reduction and Housing First and the Mental Health Clinician should be well versed in these orientations.

The Mental Health Clinician reports directly to the Clinical Team Leader and works to maintain and support the clinical tone of the program. As part of the clinical team, the Mental Health Clinician will provide compassionate, client-centered clinical services throughout the various stages of treatment including assessments, crisis intervention, treatment planning, individual and group therapy, discharge planning, and family reunification. Additionally, this role requires accountability and consistency for clients, as well as the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of community partners. The qualified candidate should be working towards licensure and currently registered and in good standing with the BBS. The Mental Health Clinician will work to ensure that clinical goals and productivity are being met while complying with all State, Federal and County documentation standards and HIPAA regulations.

Key Responsibilities

Treatment Responsibilities:

  • Completes full bio-psycho-social assessments, maintains appropriate boundaries, and ensures clients are met with individually on a weekly basis.
  • Brings passion and therapeutic ideas to the work and brings them to life by facilitating meaningful groups.
  • Understands and uses the principals of harm reduction as a foundation for all treatment goals and objectives.
  • Works collaboratively with the client and their care team to create achievable goals that are actively pursued.
  • Works with the care team to prepare the client for independent community living, actively participates in all case conferences, team meetings, and clinical discussions, and works towards holistic care; remains available to housing staff for ongoing consultation regarding symptom management, team support, and crisis intervention strategies.
  • Attends staff and agency meetings; participates in agency trainings as required and complies with BBS requirements for registration/renewal.
  • On call after hours on a rotating basis.

Documentation Responsibilities:

  • Enters psychosocial assessments into the client’s chart within 48 hours of admission; Collaborates with Clinical Team Leader, Case Managers, and other relevant parties to develop/maintain treatment plans, transition plans, and discharge plans and updates them in a timely manner.
  • Completes daily progress notes and records appropriate updates in support of client’s health and recovery.
  • Properly documents all individual and group sessions.
  • Submits Adult Outpatient Treatment (AOT) and Full Service Partnership (FSP) referrals within the specified timelines.
  • Maintains accurate records into electronic systems.
  • Submits weekly census to the funder, and writes and submits court letters to satisfy program requirements.
  • Documents all incidents that occur on-site and follows program protocol for submission and resolution.

And other duties as assigned.

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Credentials Required:

  • Active Registration with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Family Therapy, or Professional Clinical Counseling.

Experience Required:

  • At least 2 years working in a mental health role as a therapist or counselor (accredited internships can serve as experience).
  • Previous experience performing assessments and crisis intervention.
  • Some training or certification in at least one evidence-based practice.
  • Working with severe mental illness or chronically homeless.
  • Well versed in clinical documentation.

Knowledge Required:

  • Strong understanding and experience using Motivational Interviewing.
  • Solid crisis intervention and de-escalation skills.
  • Knowledge of trauma, co-occurring disorders, and substance abuse disorders.
  • Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and the ability to use technology well.
  • Deep understanding of severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • Skillful responsiveness to criminal justice populations.

Desired Required:

  • Knowledge of DBT, CBT, MI and, trauma-informed treatment highly desirable.
  • Familiar with DMH documentation standards.
  • Previous experience using Welligent.
  • Former work in a residential or hospital setting.
  • Bi-lingual candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Outstanding ability to follow-through with tasks.
  • Capable of working independently while contributing to a multidisciplinary team.
  • Able to work within a frequently changing project scope.
  • Ability to maintain integrity and accuracy of documentation.

Background Clearance:

  • Cannot be on active parole or probation.
  • Able to pass County Clearance process (Live Scan).

In compliance with the California Department of Public Health's mandate, all employees must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Medical and religious exemptions are available.

Compensation: TBD
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competitive benefits package.
City: Los Angeles, CA
Hours/wk: 40

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