Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) Court Evaluator - Recovery Place Kent
The role of the ITA Court Evaluator is responsible for providing forensic services to Recovery Place Kent clients who are going through the Washington State Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) process. The ITA Court Evaluator will be responsible for interpreting the clinical merits of each 72 hour involuntary detention and revocation case at Recovery Place Kent in accordance with RCW 71.05 and WAC 388.865 criterion.
Essential Job Functions: (This is not the job description in its entirety)
· Coordinates the interface between involuntary clients, treatment team, legal counsel, and King County Superior Court.
· Ensures treatment team and facility adherence to Washington State Involuntary Treatment Act requirements (RCW 71.05 and 70.96) as they pertain to the clinical evaluation for release from involuntary commitment
· Collaborate with the facility’s medical and clinical treatment teams to become familiar with course of care and ongoing therapeutic recommendations
· Conduct independent clinical evaluations and provide expert testimony for clients on 72 hour holds and 90-day LRO Revocations
· Obtain co-signatures of licensed providers on treatment petitions as indicated.
· Complete and file 14 and 90 day petitions for continued involuntary treatment
· Complete 90-day LRO petitions conditions “wish list” and coordinate with Superior Court and assigned legal counsel
· Ensure completion and file 180-day involuntary treatment petitions completed by the facility Medical Director and treatment team.
· Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited school, or Master’s Degree in Counseling or Doctoral degree in Psychology from an accredited school
· Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker LICSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), or Licensed Psychologist
· Two or more years of recent experience working with acutely ill psychiatric patients specifically involving evaluation of psychiatric safety, diagnoses, and level of functioning.
· Two or more years of experience working in an acute care/hospital setting
· Experience working with individuals living with substance use disorders preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
· Expertise with the Washington Involuntary Treatment Act (RCW 71.05)
· Experience providing expert psychiatric, psychological or mental status testimony in civil or criminal court proceedings
· Ability to testify to physiological complications associated with psychiatric conditions
· Knowledge of mental health and substance use disorder disposition resources in King County
· Computer literacy and proficiency
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills
· Exemplary organizational and multi-tasking skills
· Motivated and proactive learner
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.