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*For candidates who do not have license in both DC and MD, the program will reimburse the cost for one license after successfully completing your introductory period of work.
JOB SUMMARY: The Crisis Specialist of the ChAMPS program (Children and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Service) provides mental health and behavioral crisis assessment and intervention services within the community. The position works with a partner and as member of a team of Crisis Specialists to provide rapid mobile response and crisis assessment and to assist with the stabilization or psychiatric hospitalization (when necessary) of children and adolescents ages 6-17, including youth up to age 21 when in the care and custody of DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). ChAMPS is a 24-hour program staffed live in office Monday through Friday and on-call after hours.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Deliver crisis assessment and intervention services to children and adolescents in the community with a partner and as a member of a team.
- Deescalate and stabilize clients in their home or current environment and assess the therapeutic needs of the client and eligibility for services.
- Complete service documentation in client case records within 24 hours of the service.
- Conduct phone follow-up call within 24 hours of the deployment, and conduct face-to-face follow-up visit within 72 hours of the deployment.
- Maintain open client cases for up to 30 days.
- Collaborate with families, schools, law enforcement and emergency services, and other agencies and community partners to coordinate and facilitate services to clients.
- Participate in weekly individual supervision and consultation on each deployment with Clinical Manager.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Mental Health, or related field.
- Licensed clinician in relevant discipline (LGSW, LGPC, LICSW, LPC) in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland required within 90 days of employment.
- Two (2) years’ experience working with youth and/or families.
- Previous experience working in crisis intervention.
SKILLS and COMPETENCIES:
- Driving is required. Must have valid local driver’s license and clean driving record.
- Ability to work effectively with clients in a diverse community and demonstrate cultural competency.