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Grant Funded - Mental Health Specialist

Company: Williamson County
Location: Georgetown
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


  • 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 problem.
  • Coordinates patient care with hospitals, law enforcement, the jail, and outpatient providers.


  • 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, values, wisdom.
  • Facilitates constructive interactions between family members.
  • 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 bio-social framework.
  • 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 status.
  • 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 problems.
  • Communicates and deals effectively with clients in crisis situations, co-workers, other professionals, civic groups, and the general public.
  • Screens clients for health and human services program eligibility.
  • Documents all information about every call or request.
  • Participates with supervisor in periodic performance evaluation.
  • 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 procedures.
  • 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 position.


  • 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 tasks.


  • 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 Health District.


  • 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 difficulties.
  • Must maintain a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record.
  • Must obtain a valid Texas driver's license by date of hire.


  • Employment is contingent on passing post-offer, pre-employment and periodic drug testing, criminal background investigations and motor vehicle record reports.


  • Master's degree and licensure in psychology, social work, educational psychology or related field.

  • Bilingual (Spanish)


  • 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


  • Non-Exempt


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

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.

Keywords: Williamson County, Georgetown , Grant Funded - Mental Health Specialist, Other , Georgetown, Texas

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