• Mental Health Professional

    Job Locations US-WA-Aberdeen
    Posted Date 5 months ago(7/11/2018 5:25 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Grays Harbor Mental Health Housing
    USD $24.06/Hr.
  • Overview

    $24.06 - $30.07 HR/DOE


    Assist adults in Grays Harbor County with complex behavioral health and/or substance use symptoms who possess significant problems with psychological and social functioning.  Many of these clients are Medicaid eligible and experience homelessness or the risk of homelessness and present with mental health challenges in their journey toward treatment and/or recovery.  The Mental Health Professional (MHP) works as part of a team with Peer Specialists, BA Level Clinicians and staff and local social service agencies in providing outreach and engagement services to engender trust and instill a sense of hope. This is a professional position that will also provide therapeutic interventions including intake evaluation and assessment to determine medical necessity, alcohol/drug screening and brief intervention, brief intervention treatment, family treatment, group treatment services, individual treatment services counseling and case management.  It is anticipated that many of the duties of this position will be to provide skilled assessments of those seeking assistance.


    The MHP will provide an evaluation that is culturally and age relevant initiated prior to the provision of any other mental health services, except crisis services, stabilization services and free-standing evaluation and treatment. The intake evaluation must be initiated within ten (10) business days of the request for services, establish the medical necessity for treatment and be completed within thirty (30) business days. The MHP will assist to ensure that routine services are initiated and those services may begin before the completion of the intake once medical necessity is established.   


    • Universal job skills: All CCS employees will demonstrate the ability to:
    • Communicate role, responsibility and agency philosophy in order to assure mutual respect, confidence and trust with the consumer and other stakeholders.
    • Provide non-judgmental, unconditional support to the consumer.
    • Assess for immediate safety and stabilization needs.
    • Customize helping approaches to fit the consumer’s uniqueness, personality, culture and interest.
    • Report relevant information to the right people at the right time.
    • Maintain a focus on strengths, needs and creative solutions.
    • Utilize the consumer’s expertise in problem solving and solution seeking.
    • Work interdependently with others toward common goals.
    • Respond to consumer’s needs in a timely fashion.
    • Complete required documentation within established timeframes.
    • Instill hope for the future by communicating and behaving with confidence and reassurance.
    • Communicate effectively with other team members to manage triangulation and potential conflicts.
    • The skilled Clinician Will demonstrate the ability to:
    • Meet and engage the consumer communicating compassion, support, respect and enthusiasm for them and your role as a helper.
    • Listen to the consumer’s story and, with them, identify strengths, needs, preferences and goals.
    • Provide and/or arrange necessary crisis response and stabilization services.
    • Complete the mental health intake, including a diagnostic assessment.
    • Respond to crises in a prompt, effective and collaborative manner.
    • Consult with, recommend and provide training to team members around specific interventions.
    • Provide and/or facilitate the provision of a range of therapeutic responses that support the overall direction for the consumer.
    • Maintain a focus on strengths, needs and creative solutions and inspire others to follow this format in problem solving.Partner with the consumer in order to assist them in utilizing the resources offered by formal and informal sources within their community.


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in counseling, mental health counseling, social work, psychology, behavioral sciences or equivalent.
    • Certified Mental Health Professional as defined in WAC 388-877-0200 & WAC 388-865-0150.
    • At least 2 years of experience performing Mental Health Assessments using the DSM, and providing individual counseling, group counseling, and treatment planning for individuals identified as having Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
    • At least one year’s experience in working with or related to working with adults experiencing homelessness.
    • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.
    • Certified Washington State Counselor (HIV/AIDS training required).
    • Proof of negative TB test within past 12 months and ability to test within first six months of employment.
    • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of
    • Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy. (required to provide current driving abstract).
    • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
    • Support and contribute to a creative, collaborative and respectful environment that promotes teamwork.
    • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.

     Note to Internal Candidates: HR reviews internal compensation and determines increase based on their experience and also agency internal equity factors


    Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Please let us know if you need special accommodations to apply or interview for this position.


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