Position Summary: Functions as a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist in the multidisciplinary team to provide recovery oriented, solution focused, client centered case management services and other general therapeutic procedures to chronically and persistently mentally ill clients. Provides interdisciplinary treatment planning and treatment delivery, individual and group treatment, client and family education, staff training and consultation, and community linkage. Provides clinical services and treatment as per Washington Administrative Code.
- Maintains primary responsibility and authority for assigned cases, including arranging, monitoring, and coordinating needed services in the mental health system and the community.
- Interviews clients and families to obtain information regarding their behavioral characteristics, psychosocial and medical history, aptitudes, interests, achievement levels, and support system.
- Assists in developing client focused, recovery oriented, strength based treatment plans which address the specific needs of the client within a case-management framework and specific anticipated clinical outcomes.
- Provides comprehensive community support activities to assigned caseload, including assistance in identifying and utilizing community resources, liaison with other agencies and organizations, referral to appropriate community programs, completion of all necessary reports, home and community-based skills training.
- Functions as a client advocate in relation to the mental health system, community agencies, and the client’s support system, as needed.
- Demonstrates respect for client rights and maintains privacy and maintains confidentiality per Agency policy.
- Evaluates treatment effectiveness and revises treatment plans as needed.
- Demonstrates knowledge of principles of resiliency/recovery as relates to client’s developmental stage over the life span, assesses data reflective of the client's status and interprets the appropriate information needed to identify each client's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs.
- Assists in discharge planning, prepares summaries of treatment for release to referral and referring agencies.
- Master’s degree in behavioral sciences or related field.
- Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS), or Geriatric Mental Specialist (GMHS) preferred, or Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration required.
- Current Washington State Driver's License with proof of automobile insurance.
- Experience with the geriatric population and serving individuals who experience severe and persistent mental illness.
- Demonstrated competence in Microsoft Office Suite.