Crisis Therapist, Psychiatry

Rochester, NY


The Crisis Therapist assigned to the Mobile Crisis Team provides assessment, and crisis intervention and treatment to complex patients in mental health crisis who are at risk in a variety of outreach settings, including group homes, shelters, patients’ homes, and other sites across Monroe County. Collaborates with hospital and other community institutions and groups relative to the psychosocial needs of the patient and family. The Crisis Therapist on the Mobile Crisis Team works closely with a Crisis Specialist. Through psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, resource consultation, and brief treatment, psychosocial risk may be minimized and Emergency Department utilization decreased.


  • Responsible for clinical intake, assessment, planning and carrying out of psychiatric crisis intervention in the community. Responsible for clinical decision-making regarding appropriate level of care and referrals.

  • Provides clinical leadership to team in field. Exercises ingenuity and considerable independent judgment with respect to assessment and treatment of psychiatric patients in the field.

  • Provides clinical leadership to Mobile Crisis Team in the field. Exercises considerable independent judgment with respect to assessment and treatment of psychiatric patients in outreach settings.

  • Involves family, natural supports and other mental health treatment providers as part of assessment process and care coordination. Responsible for follow-up contact with Therapists and Physicians.

  • Responsible for assessing safety of scene prior to leaving home base and accessing law enforcement services as needed to ensure safety of team in the field.

  • Promotes and ensures continued staff education around multicultural factors which affect care and treatment of patients. Participates in education and training to promote professional growth and development. Attends staff meetings and didactics.

  • Documents treatment in patient's chart in compliance with Division, Department and Hospital policy.

  • Ensures that proper treatment and referral protocols are followed with respect to child abuse, domestic violence, consultation with specialty clinics, and referral both within and outside of SMH.

  • Participates on a rotational basis as a member of an on-call group for evening and weekend hours. Responds as necessary after hours to crises in the community.

  • Maintains current knowledge of mental hygiene law and its usage.

Other duties as assigned


Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counselling or Nursing and 3 years of clinical experience, at least one of which must include emergency, crisis or outreach work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess a valid New York State Driver's license and a satisfactory driving record. Ability to speak Spanish, Vietnamese or be fluent in American Sign Language preferred. Training in strategic family therapy or crisis intervention preferred.

NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $59,218 - $82,867 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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