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Mental Health Specialist - Recovery Place Kent

Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care Kent, WA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

Mental Health Specialist – Recovery Place Kent

Position Summary

The Mental Health Specialist, as a vital member of the primary treatment team, assists nurses in triaging and managing the medical and behavioral health needs of patients in the Evaluation and Treatment and/or Secure Withdrawal Management units at Recovery Place Kent.

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

· Provide feedback and recommendations to care team regarding behavioral aspects of patient interdisciplinary care plans

· Provides feedback and recommendations to care team in regards to patient service improvements

· Assist in the detection and proactive intervention with patients at-risk for behavioral escalation

· Conduct front-line patient care to include the taking and recording of pertinent medical information as delegate by nursing staff, to include vital signs, blood pressure, temperature, etc.

· Assisting clients with basic activities of daily living tasks, to include ambulation assistance, bathing, toileting, etc.

· Consistent team communication with nursing staff (RNs and LPNs) in regards to medical monitoring results and observed physical health or behavioral concerns

· Entering, transcribing, recording, and maintaining patient health care information in written and/or electronic form

· Observe and influence patient’s behavior with therapeutic interventions in the milieu by means of conflict resolution, communicating and interacting, initiating therapeutic activities, and utilizing varietal non-violent de-escalation skills, etc.

· Assist nurses with admissions and discharge processes and interfacility transfers to include belongings inventory, transmission and gathering of records, compiling patient charts, assisting patients with dressing/undressing/hygiene needs, providing and collecting clean/dirty linens, taking vitals as delegated, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Certified Nursing Assistant in the State of Washington

· CPI Certification required within 6 months of hire (training provided by Valley Cities)


· One or more years in a Psychiatric or Acute Care setting preferred

· One or more years working in a setting with clients living with mental health or substance use disorders preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

· Basic knowledge of mental health and substance abuse disorders

· Strong verbal and written communication proficiencies

· Strong critical thinking and problem-solving abilities

· Exceptional interpersonal and social perceptiveness skills

· Service oriented behavior

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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