Case Manager 2 / CDP - Community Re-entry Program

Company Name:
Greater Lakes Mental Health Care
General Position Summary: This position provides direct clinical services to clients in the Community Re-Entry Program (CRP). Provides counseling, case management, substance abuse assessment and referrals for CRP clients, with the goal of reducing recidivism into the Jail, as well as when appropriate, working to reduce reliance on ER's and use of both medical and psychiatric inpatient hospitals. Assists clients with developing and using natural supports, with obtaining and maintaining stable living situations, obtaining necessary medical care and with the development of healthy and positive coping skills. Advocates for clients with landlords and the courts, and works cooperatively with the Jail staff and all court staff. As necessary provides crisis intervention and support to CRP clients in the community.
Knowledge and Skills Needed:A knowledge and understanding of mental disorders; familiarity with the DSM-IV; knowledge of the major components of a mental status examination and competency in performing on-going assessments; ability to implement a continuum of care for consumers based on consumer need and level of functioning; ability to develop and implement treatment plans; a basic knowledge of psychotropic medications with the ability to recognize side-effects; sound clinical skills and a high degree of professionalism; awareness of substance abuse/dependence issues; a thorough knowledge of community resources and the ability to develop appropriate links for consumers; well-developed skills in managing time, priorities, and paperwork; a sensitive perception of the needs of individuals with disabilities; a keen understanding of the importance of clear, professional boundaries, and maintenance of such; possession of proven teamwork skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and demonstration of good, common sense. Must be able to work effectively in a team environment and the ability to collaborate effectively with external partners is an absolute must.
Education and/or Experience:Status as a Chemical Dependency Professional; M.A. in a mental health related field or a B.A. in a mental health field plus two years clinical mental health experience. Must be at least an Agency Affiliated Counselor in the State of Washington. Washington State Licensure is a plus.
Job Conditions:Must be able to drive a car; possess a good driving record; provide proof of auto insurance; be able to work both in and out of the office and go into consumers' residences, which may require climbing stairs and walking on uneven terrain. Must be able to speak and hear at normal conversational levels. Must be able to pass the background check in order to be able to see CRP clients in the Pierce County Jail.

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