Designated Crisis Responder

Designated Crisis Responder - Swing Shift, 30hrs/wk.

General Summary of Duties: The Designated Crisis Responder provides prompt and focused expert response to persons in crisis in a compassionate and efficient manner in keeping with State, and SBHO-mandated crisis services, including DCR duties. Provide immediate crisis resolutions with emphasis on the goal of stabilizing the crisis in the least restrictive way, facilitating access to mental health and substance use disorder services, and performing clinical assessments and legal investigations and evaluations for involuntary detention to psychiatric and substance use disorder facilities.

The Crisis Response Team's mission is to provide quality care and to protect public safety while maintaining individual rights through the least restrictive interventions and outcomes during crisis support and resolution interventions. Improve the operations of KMHS in support of its stated mission and provide the highest level of customer service to internal and external customers.

Major Responsibilities/Tasks:
  • Provide crisis outreach services throughout Kitsap County, working within a collaborative and supportive team environment with assignments requiring solo outreaches for hospital/jail assessments and outreaches for community crisis interventions and assessments.
  • Maintain the respect and dignity of each client, the client's personal support, and community professionals, emphasizing special population concerns.
  • Function as a DCR consistent with the Involuntary Treatment Act of Washington State (RCW 71.05 and 71.34) and the DCR Protocols.
  • Proven capacity to manage multiple simultaneous investigations, consults, and responsibilities with the ability to triage priorities in a high-stress environment.
  • Conduct face-to-face (FTF) assessments of individuals to determine if they meet the criteria for involuntary detention under criteria defined by the Involuntary Treatment Act (RCW 71.05 or 71.34) or if they meet crisis resolution by a least restrictive alternative.
  • Assess and ensure the safety of clients, the community, and one's self during the investigation process, which includes coordinating and working with medical, law enforcement, state and local agency representatives, and community and family members.
  • Effectively and efficiently conduct investigations that utilize all reasonably available and appropriate sources of information relevant to the known facts about an individual case.
  • Coordination of interview of witnesses and providing information to witnesses on declaration statement criteria relevant to the case. This includes consulting with medical, law enforcement, state and local agency representatives, and community and family members.
  • Routinely assess the credibility of witnesses and information found in the course of an investigation.
  • Maintain and demonstrate an expert-level working knowledge of WA State ITA RCW 71.05, 71.34, and DCR protocols.

Our recruitment processes are designed to prevent discrimination against our people regardless of gender identity or orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, or any aspect which makes someone unique.

  • Comprehensive and generous health, dental and vision benefits
  • Up to 19 days of PTO and 8 paid holidays your first year (pro-rated for part-time)
  • An incredible team approach that is dynamic and collaborative
  • Loan Forgiveness, training, and extensive education available
  • Multiple locations and opportunities close to home
  • Advancement opportunities available within the agency
  • Free Employee Assistance Program and parking
  • Full Time, Part Time and PRN positions along with flexible hours for professional advancement


Minimum Qualifications:
EDUCATION: Masters Degree in Psychology, social services, or behavioral health or must meet waiver criteria of RCW 71.24.260.
EXPERIENCE: Experienced (minimum 2 years of job-related experience)
Two years of postgraduate, documented, supervised clinical experience with the chronically mentally ill, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse, substance-related disorders, and emotionally disturbed clients.
Trained and meets qualifications as a Kitsap County Designated Crisis Responder.
Possess and maintain a valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insured transportation
LICENSURE : Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration. Must meet and maintain the definition of a Mental Health Professional as defined in WAC 388-877-0500. Must maintain a Washington State Department of Health license in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications:
EXPERIENCE: Experience in co-occurring disorders treatment, individual and group therapy, vocational services, or substance abuse treatment.
Capacity to work well with children and families.
We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, marital status, age, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability.

Please be sure to check out other Therapist, Social Worker, Mental Health Professional, Counselor, Psychology, and Behavioral Health Clinician roles with KMHS as well.