Psych Clinical Evaluator
The CPEP Clinical Evaluator provides a key function in the CPEP patient evaluation, intervention and disposition decision-making process for patients presenting across the entire range of 5 years old and above in acute psychiatric or behavioral health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The CPEP Clinical Evaluator acts as the subject matter expert in the clinic. This position conducts an initial evaluation of the patient’s presentation including in person evaluation of the patient and clinical risk assessment, collateral information and review of current/percent history of clinical presentations/services. The clinical evaluator also provides crisis intervention and clinical support as indicated to the patient, and in the case of pediatric patients, their parent(s) or guardian, during the course of the evaluation in collaboration with the CPEP physician and CPEP Nursing staff. The Clinical Evaluator documents their evaluation and assessments in ASAP and presents the patients current status, recent history and collateral information to the CPEP psychiatrist who uses that information in conducting their own psychiatric evaluation and medical decision-making regarding disposition, Clinical Evaluator functions include identification and intervention around individual and systemic barriers to discharge; collaboration with other agencies, services, community providers as needed towards achieving discharge; notification and involvement of administrative personnel as needed to achieve a safe discharge.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conducts comprehensive clinical evaluation and risk assessments, including obtaining collateral information and review of recent clinical history for patients across the age spectrum as assigned who present to the CPEP in crisis. Provides assessment and intervention services to children and adults suspected of being victims of abuse, neglect or domestic violence in line with program and hospital policy and procedure
Provides clinical crisis interventions to patients across the age span who present to CPEP in a wide range of psychosocial crisis. Collaborates with CPEP nursing staff as indicated to maintain patient safety and support stabilization of acute symptoms during the course of the CPEP evaluation process.
Acts as subject matter expert for the clinic by formulating an initial proposal for disposition (Psych Inpatient, EOB, discharge with follow up and supports)
Documents their clinical evaluation, risk assessments, collateral information and summary of recent clinical history in eRecord
Presents their findings from their clinical evaluation, risk assessments, collateral information, recent clinical history, responses to interventions to date and initial formulation for next steps to the CPEP psychiatrist. The CPEP psychiatrist will utilize this information in conducting their psychiatric evaluation of the patient face to face and interactions with family in making decisions about appropriate disposition.
With latitude for clinical judgement and knowledge / understanding of CPEP regulations regarding discharges for CPEP; directs, develops, and facilitates discharge planning from CPEP for those patients who are evaluated as not in in need of acute psychiatric inpatient admission to inpatient or admission to the CPEP Extended Observation Beds. Problem-solving barriers to patient care, assigning tasks to CPEP Clinical Staff as needed. Engages CASAC, Peer Specialist or other members of the CPEP interdisciplinary clinical team in the assessment and intervention to achieve a safe discharge.
Includes safety planning with patient/family, making referral for outpatient follow-up or securing outpatient follow up as indicated and available.
Master’s degree from a Counsel of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) accredited program with major course work in mental health counseling or master’s degree in Social Work required.
Prior experience working in acute psychiatric care setting.
Two years of clinical experience post-graduation from Masters’ Program preferred.
Knowledge about and ability to provide behavioral health assessments/evaluations, crisis intervention safety planning, and complete referrals for community-based services and supports
Strong interpersonal skills required to work in an acute and very busy clinical environment required.
Commitment to and routine demonstration of biopsychosocial approach to care of individuals and families
Dedication to delivering a team-based integrated model of care
Demonstrates cultural humility and anti-racism values and works toward ensuring all patients feel welcome.
Requires NYS licensure as a mental health practitioner (e.g., LCSW, LMSW, Mental Health Counselor,) or limited permit eligible.
If licensure has not been obtained upon employment, the individual has 18 months to obtain the NYS license and must obtain limited permit upon hire.
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How To Apply
All applicants must apply online.
EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
Pay Range: $ 61,360 - $ 79,768 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.
Location: Strong Memorial Hospital
Full/Part Time: TAR
Opening: Time as Reported Grade 053 Psychiatry SMH Crisis