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Crisis Response Specialist - After Hours (Part Time)

Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care Kent, WA
  • Posted: 18 days ago
  • Part-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

The functions of this position will primarily include triaging emergent after hours (AH) crisis calls, responding to referrals from the crisis clinic involving VCCC clients and CHI Franciscan coverage requests to evaluate individuals who have been admitted to the Emergency Department (ED). This position is primarily community based, requiring outreaches to hospitals throughout King County during times outside of the agency’s daily operational hours. The AH crisis outreach worker will meet the qualifications of an MHP, providing immediate response to calls from the Crisis Clinic including telephone triage with hospital social workers (SW), providing on call mental health crisis and risk assessment, stabilization and referral services for VCCC clients. Crisis Response is also provided for non VCCC clients; AH Crisis Response MHP will serve as the on call acting social worker at St. Elizabeth, Highline Medical Center and St. Francis hospital EDs in accordance with the agency’s contractual agreement with CHI Franciscan.

Essential Job Functions: (This is not the job description in its entirety)

  • Provide Crisis services to clients of VCCC including assessment, stabilization, support and referral services. These services may be provided by telephone or at hospitals as determined by the client’s need.
  • Function as a member of a work team in an Emergency Room setting, coordinating mental health crisis interventions/dispositions with other team members, internal and external providers and clients.
  • Prepare and submit Service Notes, Crisis Response Logs, Mental Health Assessments, Safety Plans and other necessary documentation within 24 hours of completing an outreach.
  • Document any/all after hours client engagement and provision of services.
  • Provide assistance in identifying and linking clients to appropriate community-based services and supports (primary care, mental health and/or substance abuse treatment, housing, financial benefits, etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of MA/MS in Behavioral Sciences field plus 2 years of clinical experience providing treatment.
  • Must meet the qualifications as a Mental Health Professional (MHP) as set forth in WAC 388-865-0150; RCW 71.05.020(27) and RCW 71.34.020(14).
  • Obtain Agency Affiliated Counselor registration within 2 weeks of hire
  • Suicide assessment and intervention training in accordance with King County Policies and Procedures.

  • Experience working in hospital settings (preferred).
  • Professional background working with populations who are at risk for psychiatric hospitalization

Our caring, professional staff is Valley Cities’ most important asset – the very heart and center of who we are. Every day, we strive to ensure that your experience working at Valley Cities reflects the importance of your role as we carry out our mission.

We offer a competitive salary and generous benefit package including medical, dental, vision, disability, retirement, paid time off, and 10 paid holidays. Please send resume & cover letter to our Human Resources Department: Email:, FAX 253-661-8644 or directly to Valley Cities/HR, 325 W Gowe St, Kent, WA 98032.

We are dedicated to Equal Opportunity Employment & embrace the contributions of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans and does not unlawfully discriminate under federal, state, or local laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care

Valley Cities is a community behavioral health center established by the people of South King County in 1965. Today, we operate comprehensive outpatient clinics in Auburn, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Meridian (Northgate), Midway (Des Moines), Rainier Beach, and Renton.

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