As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.Harborview Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for Full-Time, MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER for the High Utilizer Program. Under general supervision of the Mental Health Practitioner Lead, this position provides intensive engagement, care-management, linkage and follow-up services for individuals who have been treated in the Emergency Department (ED) and Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES). This program provides intensive case-management services to high utilizers of ED and PES services. This position and program is funded by King County RSN contract. The position will report to the ED/PES Liaison and Case Management Lead.This position will be responsible for identifying and referring high utilizer clients of the Emergency Department for service coordination with King County Mental Health and Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services. This position will provide assertive outreach and engagement services, to facilitate linkage and coordination with on-going services and community supports. The MHP will be expected to be able to work with a wide variety of patients and be sensitive to the culture, religion, language, age, gender, and sexual orientation of the clients we serve.CLINICAL AND PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIESProvide intensive case management and advocacy services for ED/PES clients to ensure linkage with community resourcesWork with patients and their social networks as appropriateAssess patient needs and determine interventionsMay assist clients obtaining housing and funding as necessary to prevent inappropriate use of crisis servicesFacilitate diversion from voluntary and involuntary psychiatric hospitalization when clinically appropriateWork in collaboration with KC staff assigned to the ED/PES to create crisis plans and ensure effective linkages to post-ED servicesIdentify challenging clients who have behavioral health problems and are high utilizer of the EDParticipate in case reviews as appropriateProvide linkages to services from mental health, substance abuse, developmental disability and other behavior health services appropriate for patients discharged from the ED.Maintain active case load, size to be determined by supervisor.Complete data logs as assignedChart patient contact in the medical recordDevelop and implement patient care plans,Collect data for evaluation and quality improvement as assignedAttend staff meetings as appropriateADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIESProvide coverage for other team members as assignedRepresent the needs and concerns of the team at relevant meetingsMeet productivity standards as appropriateParticipate in community program planningMaintain required daily entries in computer logComplete payroll documentation/leave requests in timely mannerAttend ED Unit Meetings as requiredParticipate in HMC Disaster Drills and required HMC training and orientationProvide consultation to referring practitioners and other members of treatment community as needed to assure continuity of care for program clientsAssure regulations related to client confidentiality are maintainedTEACHING/TRAININGProvide consultation and training to HMC staff, ED nursing/medical staff and EMS personnel as requestedAct as Practicum instructor as assignedAct as mentor for newer staff as requestedSTAFF DEVELOPMENTParticipate in individual or group supervision as negotiated with supervisor/managerParticipate in HMC ongoing educational opportunities as appropriateMaintain appropriate State of Washington license or registration.Obtain training and education relevant to the needs of program and populations servedObtain continuing education to stay current with trends in mental health, regulations and other pertinent informationMISCELLANEOUSTestify in judicial proceedings in response to subpoenasPerform other duties as assignedThis position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.