Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)

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 Qualified Mental Health Professional to join our team of healthcare professionals at Saint Clair County Jail in Belleville, IL. 

POSITION SUMMARY

Under the direct supervision of the Health Services Administrator or clinical supervisor, the incumbent provides services to patients requiring mental health interventions. Duties include assessment, consultation, liaison, and psychotherapeutic interventions, suicide and self-harm evaluations and safety protocols. He/she communicates clinical findings in writing, as well as through consultation with Mental Health and other healthcare unit staff. May utilize electronic medical record system as applicable throughout the scope of duties and responsibilities.

JOB RELATIONS

 SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Health Services Administrator or supervising Mental Health Professional

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None exercised in this position.

RELATIONSHIPS

Inter-relates and works effectively with management, staff, patients, all clinical staff, custody and administrative staff on all levels and at all locations.

 

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Provides screenings and assessments for treatment needs of patients referred by medical, counseling, security, or other site staff.

2. Provides crisis intervention counseling, brief therapy and group therapy as indicated for facility patients.

3. Authorizes the removal of suicide or self harm precautions, as well as approval of a less frequent monitoring level.

4. Provides consultation on mental health issues to the facility medical staff.

5. Provides staff training to site 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 condition and treatment needs of special patient populations (e.g., guilty but mentally ill or patients 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.

9. Where applicable, provides psychological services for those patients 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 jail and Wexford Health directives and policies.

11. Provides staff training in areas related to mental health issues such as signs and symptoms of mental illness, management of mentally ill patients, crisis intervention and related topics.

12. Provides re-entry psycho-educational services to mentally ill patients returning to the community upon discharge.

13. Completes comprehensive psychosocial history on each admission and prepares and updates treatment plans.

14. Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings.

15. Upon receiving the necessary training and/or instruction, performs other duties as required or assigned.

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 time. Specific 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.

This position may require rotating assignments, operating on a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week schedule where employee is subject to working non-traditional hours and overtime, either voluntarily or via mandate, on occasion as needed.

Employee may be exposed to a challenging environment, which may include exposure to loud noises, bloodborne and airborne pathogens.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

OFFICE

Standard medical setting in a correctional facility, which includes daily interfacing with inmates, 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 travel required.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements list the minimum to qualify. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.

LICENSING

Current license as a Professional Counselor or Social Worker or related field in state where facility located.

CERTIFICATION

Current CPR certification.

EDUCATION

Masters degree in Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Social Work or related field.

EXPERIENCE

Prior correctional experience preferred.

Two years’ post-degree clinical experience preferred.

Prior experience with use of electronic medical record system preferred.

OTHER PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Flexible, dependable, and reliable.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to competently manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

Ability to work in a stressful environment.

Support philosophy, objectives and goals of Behavioral Health department

Assume individual accountability for own conduct.

Maintain the confidentiality of inmate records.

Assist staff with various policies, administrative and organizational projects. "Team-player" - requires daily coordination with other coworkers.