Behavioral Health Specialist

MedStar Health - Baltimore, MD

Job Summary
Provides assessment, evaluation, and disposition services for patients presenting to the Emergency Department with psychiatric concerns or illness. Processes admissions to inpatient psychiatric units.
Minimum Qualifications
Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychiatric Nursing or other mental health discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

1 year experience in the assessment and disposition of behavioral health disorders preferred.

License/Certification/Registration REQUIRED
State of Maryland license in appropriate discipline required. LCSW, LMSW, LCSW-C, LGPC, or LCPC

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to provide therapeutic interventions, assessment, evaluation, and disposition. Well-established ability to make independent clinical decisions. Organizational skills. Interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication. Basic computer skills preferred.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Completes documentation relevant to activities. Complies with and ensures adherence to documentation standards. Complies with data collection, entry, and reporting requirements.
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations. Coordinates admission to programs and services within Behavioral Health Services and associated programs.
Provides and coordinates referrals to internal or external resources as appropriate.
Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams.
Participates in the management of aggressive patients as needed to ensure the safety of patient, self, and others. Recognizes early warning signs of escalating behaviors and intervenes as appropriate.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Provides clinical and/or administrative support to Assess Crisis Intervention Services (ACIS) as directed.
Provides clinical assessment, evaluation, and disposition of persons presenting with behavioral health concerns or illness.
Provides support to Emergency Department staff for behavioral health issues.
Serves as liaison to referral sources, outside agencies, third-party payors, and other interested parties as appropriate and within limits of confidentiality.