Serves as liaison between multi-disciplinary mental health treatment/case management staff and the psychiatrists assigned to program. The Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) provides medication monitoring and support services, client health education (individual and group), and crisis intervention services to promote successful medication stabilization and ongoing mental health stability. Provides health and medication screening upon intake, and consults with psychiatrists as needed to provide medication support services, and assist clients in stabilizing during periods of crisis. Provides support to psychiatrists when meeting clients, including faxing prescriptions, documenting medication changes, notifying team, and ensuring that clients receive any ordered medications. Also reviews medication changes with clients to ensure adherence to medication regimen. Under direction of the Psychiatrist may dispense medications as needed. The LPT is expected to serves on After Hours/On Call rotation as an LPS-designated team member.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Monitors on site medications per DMH and Center policies.
Assists psychiatrists in filling medication orders, processing prescriptions, and ensure that client receives medications. Notifies staff as to medication changes that are made in client medication regimen.
Provides medication education to clients, both individually and in groups, relating to side effects, use of medication to decrease symptoms, and how medications interface with one another.
Monitors medication regimen of FSP clients, and assists Case Manager and Psychiatrist in stabilizing clients on medications and may dispense medication as required under direction of the Psychiatrist.
Performs necessary ancillary functions to ensure that clients are able to follow their medication regimens, i.e., filling med trays, making home visits to monitor or assist a client in following medication regimen, notifying clients of med changes and reminders to take meds, etc.
Triage medication issues and concerns as they arise with treatment team and client.
Perform medical and mental health assessments at intake and ongoing as needed so that all clients, especially those with co-existing disorders, are successfully able to refer into the program and/or achieve medication stability.
Provide coverage and medication support services during periods when psychiatrists are meeting with clients in office. An LPT provides LPS designated staff coverage as needed. Serve as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, including case management activities and serving on After Hours/On-Call coverage.
Provide services in the field as needed, and assist clients in accessing medical health care appointments and provide needed follow up with health care professionals.
Transport clients as needed to and from health care or psychiatric appointments.
Current LVN or LPT license in good standing. Must maintain current status as a licensed professional under California law.
At least two (2) years experience in working with persons diagnosed with co-existing disorders.
Must have a valid California Driver License in good standing and be insurable by the Center’s auto insurance carrier.
Have a good understanding of medications and side effects in order to educate clients. Bilingual ability a plus, but not required. Experience in public health, community health education, or previously working in the field (outside the office/hospital) highly desirable.
Must be able to pass LPS certification training, (if an LPT) provided by DMH and participate in LPS designated staff rotation for program and After Hours Crisis Response rotation.
The LPT will be exposed to different environments (i.e., client’s home), while conducting field visits. Please provide your PDF resume.
Experience working with a diverse client population
A team-oriented work environment
Excellent compensation and benefits
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, INC.
Why Work Here?The San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. founded in 1970, is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals and families within the community. Primary emphasis is placed on providing culturally sensitive and linguistically relevant services to infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and transitional age youth with serious emotional disorders, and services for adults and older adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The Center is committed to treating all consumers with dignity and enhancing their quality of life.
We are the largest facility providing mental health services in the Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, CA