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Mental Health Professional Job



Job Number: 73354893448

Location: Dixon, IL

Date Posted: 10-12-2016

 

Wexford Health Sources, one of the nation's leading innovative correctional health care companies, provides clients with experienced management and technologically advanced services, combined with programs that control costs while ensuring quality.  For nearly two decades, Wexford Health has consistently delivered proven staffing expertise and a full range of medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, utilization management, provider contracting, claims processing, and quality management services.

At Wexford Health our philosophy is that health care should not be considered a luxury for anyone.  We simply care for those in need and the corrections environment is our venue.

Wexford Health has an exceptional opportunity for a Per Diem Qualified Mental Health Professional to join our team of healthcare professionals in Illinois.

POSITION SUMMARY

Under the direct supervision of the designated Wexford Health manager and clinical supervision from Psychologist and Psychiatrist, provides social work services to patients receiving mental health services.  Duties include assessment, consultation, liaison, and psychotherapeutic interventions as appropriate.  Communicates clinical findings in writing, as well as through consultation with Mental Health Unit staff.   Utilizes electronic medical record system as applicable throughout the scope of duties and responsibilities.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Provides clinical screenings and assessments for treatment needs of offenders referred by medical, counseling, security, or other center staff.
  2. In the absence of a Clinical Psychologist, provides clinical supervision of the center Crisis Team. This includes provision of quarterly Crisis Team training and consultation to team members on all crisis interventions. Such consultations may be carried out by phone during off-duty hours.
  3. Provides crisis intervention counseling, brief therapy and group therapy as indicated for facility residents.
  4. Provides consultation on mental health issues to the facility medical staff.
  5. Provides staff training to center personnel on mental health issues including the function of the Crisis Team and how to access its services.
  6. Monitors the provisions of crisis services to include review of documentation for accuracy, completeness and fulfillment of facility directives and procedures.
  7. Monitors the clinical condition and treatment needs of special offender populations (e.g., Guilty but Mentally III or offenders receiving anti-psychotic medication) as determined necessary by facility or agency directive or local policy.
  8. Maintains required documentation on all mental health contacts to include submission of a monthly summary report to the agency Chief of Mental Health Services.
  9. Where applicable, provides psychological services for those offenders who need to be transferred to Mental Health facilities. Services to include work up and any court hearing testimony needed.
  10. Provides services in compliance with all Administrative Directives Departmental Rules.
  11. Provides staff training in areas related to mental health issues such as signs and symptoms of mental illness, management of mentally ill offenders, crisis intervention and related topics.
  12. Provides re-entry psycho-educational services to mentally ill offenders returning to the community upon discharge.
  13. Participates in Behavioral Health Ground Rounds as directed.

The duties and responsibilities outlined herein are for payroll purposes only; employees may be assigned other duties as required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands that are described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, to hear and to see, to stand, walk, and sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, instruments or controls, to reach with hands and arms, to stoop or crouch, balance and kneel, may be required to lift and/or move persons, carts, emergency equipment or other objects.  Must be able to ambulate throughout the facility for extended periods of timeSpecific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Must be able to clearly communicate orally and via written and typed correspondence and notes using various forms, records, charts, and electronic media.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

Standard medical setting within a correctional facility, which includes daily interfacing with inmate patients, correctional staff, and health care personnel. Temperature extremes may be encountered while moving throughout the facility outdoors and indoors in buildings without air conditioning.


 

TRAVEL: Minimal.

LICENSING: Licensed as a Professional Counselor, Clinical Professional Counselor, Social Worker or Clinical Social Worker within the state.

CERTIFICATION: Current CPR certification.

EDUCATION: Master’s degree in Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or Social Work.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Correctional experience
  • Two years post-degree clinical experience
  • Prior experience with use of electronic medical record system

OTHER PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: N/A

EOE/M/F/D/V


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