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On-Call Mental Health Professional - Kitsap Crisis Triage Center at Kitsap Mental Health Services

Posted in Health Care 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Bremerton, Washington

Job Description:

KMHS is Kitsap’s nonprofit, designated community mental health provider for adults with acute and/or chronic serious mental illnesses, and children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. During 2016, KMHS provided services to more than 6,800 children and adults. On WA’s beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, offers easy access to both the pristine wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula and the big-city lights and culture of Seattle. We offer competitive salary, benefits & a positive work environment. Inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services offer evidence-based treatment, using trauma informed care to help people reach their recovery goals. We offer whole person care through mental health and substance use treatment and care management, close care coordination with on-campus and community-based primary care providers, and with partner PCHS, now offer dental care to KMHS clients and the community. Many community partners assure people receive behavioral health care in the right place, in the right way, at the right time. Together we are weaving a web that connects emergency room and hospitals, substance abuse treatment, and primary care providers; creates partnerships for early intervention at home and school, supports multiple law enforcement, jail, and justice endeavors, and works to ensure housing, food, and other social supports together with social service agencies and community collaborations. The Kitsap Mental Health Services community fosters a culture of hope and empowerment through a safe, welcoming environment, compassionate relationships, and a commitment to respecting life experiences. KMHS is a tobacco/smoke-free and scent-free facility


Provide 24/7 therapeutic psychosocial care for adults admitted to the CRISIS TRIAGE FACILITY (CTF).   Facilitate the CTF’s clinical direction by working closely with staff, referral parties, and other internal KMHS departments. This position would include covering multiple shifts in a 24-hour program.

To improve the operations of KMHS in support of its stated mission.  To provide the highest level of customer service to internal and external customers.


  1. Complete intake interviews and documentation with newly admitted clients in a timely manner (within 3 hours of client admission)  Contact and develop cooperative relationships with those collateral contacts that can assist in development of effective Crisis Stabilization Plan including the nurse, Psychiatrist/ARNP, family members, etc.

  2. Develop Crisis Stabilization Plans for residents who admit during the shift.  Include relevant data from both the prescriber’s history and physical and the nursing plan of care when developing the treatment plan.  Maintain plans that are individualized and reflect unmet acute needs and how the CTF can help treat and meet those needs.

  3. Work closely with the CTF Program Manager, RN, Supervisors, Physicians, Designated Crisis Responders and others to organize a cohesive crisis intervention, including assessing for a higher level of care- in a direction(s) that compliments the efforts of the resident’s outpatient providers.

  4. Participate in a collaborative role with the multi-disciplinary Team.  Act as advocate for the psychiatric and social needs of the client.  Provide consultation to the physician/ARNP in the development of treatment plans.  Be available to CTF staff as a source for clinical practice and mental health resources.

  5. Provide short-term individual, group and family therapeutic services to expedite discharge planning and decrease need for readmission.

  6. Develop discharge instructions with Recovery Case Managers and Certified Peer Counselors for residents including arrangement and documentation of any follow up appointments, including mental health, substance use, and physical health.

  7. Maintain and submit records and documentation to meet the regulatory, agency and funding source requirements.

  8. Routinely assess client and staff safety including potential for harm of self, others or to unit property.  Take effective corrective action.

  9. Regularly observe effect of current policies and inform supervisor of deficiencies in the program, suggest special projects that may benefit unit and agency.

  10. Participate in QI activities, committees and special task forces as requested.

  11. Disclose limited client information as necessary to the position as trained by the Records Dept. Supervisor. Disclosures must adhere to HIPAA privacy and security standards and be logged in detail according to agency policy and procedures. Complete all required training and annual refreshers.

  12. In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.

RESPONSIBLE TO:   Program Manager

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSA master’s degree in a behavioral science and meets criteria as a Mental Health Professional in the state of Washington. The following topics/skills are considered highly desirable for this position: working knowledge of the Involuntary Treatment Act, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory, Co-Occurring Disorders, Dialectical Behavioral Theory (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Theory, inpatient or crisis adult psychiatric work with chronically mentally ill clients and computer skills.   Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS:  While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to stand, sit, use hands and fingers, reach with hands and arms, talk or listen and lift up to 50 pounds.  Peripheral vision is also required for this position.  A fair degree of flexibility and strength is required in this position due to the infrequent, yet essential, use of one’s body in the temporary physical restraint of some clients.



POSITION LOCATION:  5455 Almira Drive NE