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 opportunities for a 60% Part-Time, Day Shift, MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS (EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST). SUMMARYHMHAS serves a widely diverse population of clients, all of whom have clear and persistent mental illness. The goals of the program are to promote community stability by securing housing, benefits and culturally relevant treatment to meet their needs, and to assist clients in developing meaningful and productive life roles. An Employment Specialist/Mental Health Practitioner will be expected to be able to work with a wide variety of clients and be sensitive to the culture, religion, language, age, gender and sexual orientation of those we serve. The Vocational Specialist will focus on assisting clients choose, get, and keep jobs while working with the rest of the treatment team to minimize the effects of symptoms of mental illness. Their primary focus will be to develop community based jobs for clients and all the preparation and supportive services associated with this activity.VOCATIONAL CASE MANAGEMENTMaintains a caseload, size to be determined by team.Provides employment and advocacy services.Assists clients in identifying employment strengths and ways of overcoming barriers.Works with potential employers, current employers and co-workers of clients.Works with clients' families and social networks.Works with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and other allied agencies.Assesses employment challenges and determine interventions.Consults with case managers and medical staff regarding effects of vocational activities and treatment.GROUPLeads or co-leads groups.Develops groups relevant to the vocational needs of clients.Maintains group size to be financially and clinically viable.TEAM MEMBERAttends relevant meetings.Becomes knowledgeable about team clients.Provides coverage for other team members.Represents the needs and concerns of the team at relevant meetings.Meets productivity standards as developed by team.Assists other teams and programs as needed.DOCUMENTATIONMaintains clinical and billing records.Submits daily billing logs to Data Systems.Charts client contact in the medical record.Develops referral information for DVR, negotiate plans and produce timely reports.Develops and implements vocational plans, based on clients' situations.Prepares information requested by outside agencies such as DSHS, Social Security Administration, and others.Updates Financial Counselor of changes in patients' financial status.Collects data for evaluation and research.TEACHINGAssists in training residents, nursing and social work students.Assists in orientation of new staff.Explains procedures to new staff, students and residents.Allows new staff and trainees to observe treatment procedures.TRAININGParticipates in training as needed.Provides training at agency inservices, conferences, and other events as needed.COMMUNICATIONIs accessible to team members.Informs front desk of schedule and availability.Responds to email and voice mail daily.Shares areas of expertise with program via consultations, team and staff meetings, and presentations.MISCELLANEOUSAttends weekly staff meetingsAttends weekly team meetingsAttends supervisory meetingsServes on committees as assigned or volunteered forPerforms 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.