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Sea Mar Community Health Centers Crisis Intervention Specialist in Vancouver - Adult Mobile Crisis, Washington

Sea Mar Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) founded in 1978, is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos in Washington State. Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation, and regardless of ability to pay for services. Sea Mar's network of services includes more than 90 medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics and a wide variety of nutritional, social, and educational services. We are recruiting for the following position:

Sea Mar is a mandatory COVID-19 and flu vaccine organization

Crisis intervention Specialist – Posting # 25063

Hourly Rate: $23.39

Position Summary:

Seeking a Full-time CIS position available for our Behavioral Health Adult Mobile Crisis Program in Vancouver, Washington. The Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) provides behavioral health crisis intervention services to individuals who are referred to Sea Mar’s Adult Mobile Crisis Intervention (AMCI) team through the Southwest Washington Crisis line, 911 or CRESA.  A Sea Mar Mental Health Professional (MHP) will always be available to the CIS for consultation.  The CIS provides outreach, assessment, referral and follow up supportive services for these individuals as the primary responder.  The outreach services would always require a second staff for safety.  The assessment, follow up and referral activities and collaboration will occur with natural supports, community partners, service providers, housing providers and other community organizations.  This job description does not suggest or imply that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. This person will be required to follow other instructions and to perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor. 

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Administrative & Clinical Duties

  • Assists in insuring agency compliance with WAC's, RCW's, and other pertinent laws, regulations, and contracts.

  • Assists in developing and implementing policies and procedures as directed by the Program Director.

  • Educates staff regarding the process for crisis behavioral health service referrals and regarding "psycho educational topics (suicide risk assessment, behavior modification, etc.) as directed by the Program Director.

  • Maintains documentation of crisis services in EPIC.

  • Receives, processes and responds in person to mobile crisis referrals.

  • Documents nature of crisis referrals, outreaches and outcomes.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide adult crisis outreach services. 

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of risk assessment, de-escalation, safety planning and referral to more restrictive alternatives (DCR, Inpatient, 911).

  • Refers patients to psychiatric and other health care services as appropriate.

  • Maintain professional standards and follows the treatment policies and procedures of Sea Mar, and of the federal, state, and local regulations. Has a thorough working knowledge of appropriate WAC and RCW's.

  • Attends AMCI daily crossover meetings and shares relevant information.

  • Provides suicide risk assessment and develops safety plans to address suicidal ideation or gestures.  Provide other crisis stabilization and de-escalation services as needed.

  • Perform opioid overdose risk screening and appropriate follow up to include distribution of narcan.

  • Gathers information regarding past mental health services to be used in the individual’s treatment plan development.

  • Maintains an active Department of Health Credential.

Education and/or Experience/Qualifications:

  • Minimum qualifications are B.A. level in a related field or an A.A. level with two years’ experience in the mental health or related fields.

  • Must have and maintain a current TB test.

  • This position must obtain CPR within 90 days of hire date and is required to maintain current CPR throughout employment.

  • Annual influenza (flu) vaccine required. The only exception is for employees with a medical or religious exemption approved by Administration. Employees with an approved medical or religious exemption must wear a mask at all times during the flu season.

  • Proof of COVID Vaccination.  

What We Offer:

Sea Mar offers talented and motivated people the opportunity to work in a dynamic and growing community health organization. Working at Sea Mar Community Health Centers is more than just a job, it’s a fulfilling career with opportunity for advancement. The fringe benefits surpass most companies. For example, Full-time employees working 30 hours more, receive an excellent benefit package of:

  • Medical

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Prescription coverage

  • Life Insurance

  • Long Term Disability

  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

  • Paid-time-off starting at 27 days per year + 10 paid Holidays.

We also offer 401(k)/Retirement options and an exciting opportunity to work in a culturally diverse environment. 

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, complete the online application and click SUBMIT or APPLY NOW. If you have any questions regarding the position, email Laura Nichols at LauraNichols@seamarchc.org (MaloraChristensen@seamarchc.org)

Sea Mar is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 05/11/2023

External candidates considered after 05/16/2023

Please visit our website to learn more about us at www.seamar.org.  You may also apply thru our Career page at https://www.seamar.org/jobs-general.html

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