Grant Funded - Mental Health Specialist
Company: Williamson County
Posted on: June 6, 2021
- Primary responsibility is to respond to highly confidential,
sensitive and/or life threatening situations involving mental
health crises throughout Williamson County.
- Employs appropriate interventions and clinical techniques to
resolve immediate and critical situations
- Resolves short-term crises and takes action to prevent
escalation or decompensation of the patient.
- Evaluates a wide-range of human problems and supplies
appropriate information and referral services to resolve the
- Coordinates patient care with hospitals, law enforcement, the
jail, and outpatient providers.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
- Determines and carries out next steps to ensure the clients'
safety and wellbeing in response to psychiatric emergencies, such
as suicidality, homicidality, and/or chemical dependency.
- Conveys knowledge of the criminal justice system and Texas
Mental Health Laws.
- Works cooperatively with professionals from other systems,
agencies, and disciplines, and as part of a multi-agency or
multi-disciplinary team (e.g., Williamson County Sheriff's Office
Crisis Intervention Team, Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, and
emergency room personnel.)
- Works with high-risk patients.
- Displays knowledge about community resources, formal and
informal interpersonal dynamics.
- Shows ease and skill addressing a wide range of client needs
and interpersonal dynamics.
- Demonstrates effective advocacy skills on behalf of clients
interacting with complex institutional systems.
- Communicates respect for the client and their choices, beliefs,
- Facilitates constructive interactions between family
- Partners with client(s) to identify needs, agree on goals,
choose treatment methods, and articulate specific treatment
outcomes and objectives.
- Individualizes the client in assessment and selection of
intervention strategies, so as to maximize client strengths.
- Conveys knowledge of the development of human behavior within
- Conveys knowledge of discrimination, racism and oppression in
the development on human problems.
- Applies multiple methods of assessment, demonstrating the
ability to connect the assessment with intervention.
- Applies skills in conserving resources; time and work
accountability with punctuality; and compliance with all paperwork
systems and submission deadlines.
- Assess and intervene with sensitivity to client gender,
ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, age and socioeconomic
- Identifies, analyzes, and resolves ethical and legal dilemmas
with a commitment to client advocacy.
- Communicates at the client's level of understanding.
- Initiates creative solutions to challenging client
- Communicates and deals effectively with clients in crisis
situations, co-workers, other professionals, civic groups, and the
- Screens clients for health and human services program
- Documents all information about every call or request.
- Participates with supervisor in periodic performance
- Maintains regular consistent attendance and punctuality.
- Operates standard office equipment including a computer
terminal, telephone and two-way radio.
- Meets many simultaneous demands for important decisions/actions
and faces some confrontations or other unpleasant situations and
demands for results.
- Operates a motor vehicle requiring a valid Texas driver's
license with no driving citations in the last 24 months.
- Readily complies with departmental and county-wide policies and
- Performs related special projects as assigned.
- The physical demands and environmental factors listed below as
well as regular attendance are also essential functions for this
- Requires sitting, standing, walking, and stooping.
- Requires reading, writing, math skills, research and analysis
in the development of plans, procedures goals, etc.
- Lifting at least 25 pounds.
- Necessitates driving to and from various locations around the
county such as clinics, hospitals, mental health and social service
agencies, schools and the jail.
- Demands computer usage frequently in the completion of
- Employee will work primarily in the field or in an indoor
setting in various locations around the county.
- Regular exposure to conditions which are unpredictable or
uncertain and which result in risk of personal injury.
- Fast-paced environment necessitating the capacity to quickly
adapt to changing situations, often requiring the completion of
multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Williamson County has adopted a Tobacco-Free Workplace policy.
This policy prohibits smoking or use of any tobacco product on
Williamson County premises. Smoking cessation program is offered
free to employees and spouses through Williamson County & Cities
- Bachelor's degree and licensure in psychology, social work,
educational psychology or related field.
- Minimum of three (3) years experience working with families,
adults, adolescents and/or children; competence with crises, both
individual and familial.
- Ability to work well with clients who have multiple challenges
to mental health and stability.
- Must be able to work night and/or weekend shifts.
- Ability to be comfortable responding with creative,
non-traditional approaches to complex, longstanding client
- Must maintain a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record.
- Must obtain a valid Texas driver's license by date of
- Employment is contingent on passing post-offer, pre-employment
and periodic drug testing, criminal background investigations and
motor vehicle record reports.
- Work outside of the normal office hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.).
- At least one night or weekend shift per week.
- Essential Personnel for Emergency Situations; at the discretion
of the Department Director.
- Reports directly to the MOT Director.
- Direct Reports- N/A
- Number of Direct Reports- 0
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) STATUS:
A Williamson County online application (resumes alone are not
sufficient) must be received before the position is closed.
Positions are open until filled, subject to close at any time after
five business days. The Human Resources Department is located at
301 South/East Inner Loop, Suite 108, Georgetown, TX 78626. Phone
(512) 943-1533 or visit our website at www.wilco.org.
Williamson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies
with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require an
accommodation in order to apply for a position, please request
assistance from the Human Resources Department.
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