EMPLOYMENT VALUE PROPOSITION: Mental Health Center of Denver provides you with the support you need to help you develop a career in helping others succeed. We innovate, adapt, and leverage the diverse perspectives of the people on our team and the people we serve in everything we do. This full-time, benefits eligible position that works as a community navigator to support Denver police and co-responder units. In this role, you will provide brief case management to adults with mental illnesses, with a focus on short-term solutions, bridge services, coordinate service connection in support of supporting individuals that are accessing 911 services. Trauma informed principles are actively practiced and supported across all areas of the Mental Health Center of Denver.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS: The Mental Health Center of Denver values and is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to ending bias and discrimination in our community and ensuring equity within all aspects of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, transfer, or promotion opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Learn what it is like to work at the Mental Health Center of Denver:
STARTING SALARY: $21.13/hr. - $25.37/hr.
Mental Health Center of Denver is committed to fair and equitable hiring with salaries based on relevant factors, such as work experience, education, and certification/licensure (rather than wage history). Toward the principle of equal pay for equal work, we post and hire within defined hiring salary ranges. We ask all applicants to carefully review the hiring salary range for each posted job opportunity, as we will not hire outside the predetermined range.
POSITION SUMMARY: Respond to Mental Health related calls with the Regional Transportation Departments(RTD) Security officers and provide direct mental health clinical assessments, treatment and crisis intervention to individuals encountered. Develop working crisis plans and provide referral, linkage and access to further treatment.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Respond to mental Health related calls with the Regional Transportation Departments(RTD) Security officers and provide psychological evaluations/problem identification, crisis interventions, referrals and linkage to resources for consumers
- Provide case management services to clients as needed or assigned as part of response to mental health and public transit
- Develop crisis related planning to establish least restrictive, low barrier access to community support.
- Provide psychological consultation to RTD stakeholders while responding to mental health related calls.
- Coordinate client's use of other MHCD programs and outside community resources.
- Coordinate medication/medicinal needs of clients with psychiatrists, nurses, and other medical sources as part of crisis resolution.
- Maintain accurate and timely clinical records consistent with MHCD standards.
- Participate in team/department meetings, in-services, and supervisory sessions as required.
- Perform 27-10 (M-1) “mental health hold” evaluations in the community while responding with RTD Security to mental health related calls as needed.
- Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed care principles/practices.
- Maintain a trauma informed environment of wellbeing.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Master's Degree in social work, psychology, or similar field. Current license as a LCSW/LPC/LMFT in the State of Colorado optional
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 2 years experience in clinical social work. Experience working with moderate to severe and persistently mentally ill populations.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
- Knowledge or ability to learn and practice trauma informed principles and practices.
- Knowledge of methods of psychotherapy.
- Knowledge of community resources.
- Ability to assess crisis situations and intervene appropriately.
- Familiarity with the DSM V and diagnostic techniques.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work flexible and on-call hours which may be required.
- Must have valid drivers license and good driving record.
- Spanish speaking preferred
- LAC or CAC III preferred
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist with program supervision of students/volunteers as determined appropriate.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to sit, stand, bend and reach, drive, operate standard office equipment such as phone, computer, facsimile, copier/printer, and other business machines. Occasional lifting up to 40 lbs.
TYPICAL MENTAL DEMANDS: Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them.
WORKING CONDITIONS: May require occasional evening, weekend or on-call hours. Some local travel depending on position. Will ride with Denver Police officers in response to mental health related 911 calls.