Mental Health Professional - Youth Inpatient Unit

Mental Health Professional - Youth Inpatient Unit

Hours Per Week: 20hrs/wk

Schedule: Saturday & Sunday

General Summary of Duties: The Child Mental Health Professional provides inpatient therapeutic psychosocial care for voluntary and involuntary youth admitted to the YOUTH INPATIENT UNIT. Provide leadership in all aspects of the treatment process involving four fundamental responsibilities: psycho-therapeutics, representation of the Kitsap County Superior Court unit, and responsibility for an array of agency and unit-based work practices to ensure unit safety and effective practices.

The Youth Mental Health Professional works collaboratively with staff in carrying out client treatment plans and objectives from the time of admission to discharge. Provides ongoing assistance to clients in inpatient services while maintaining a safe and therapeutic work environment and provides appropriate documentation as required by KMHS policies and procedures.

The Mental Health Professional improves the operations of KMHS in support of its stated mission and provides the highest level of customer service to internal and external customers.

Major Responsibilities/Tasks:
  • Complete all required documentation for newly admitted clients in a timely manner. Contact and develop cooperative relationships with those collateral contacts to assist in developing effective individualized treatment, including the nurse, Psychiatrist/ARNP, family members, etc.
  • Develop treatment plans for both voluntary and involuntary residents. Include relevant data from the prescriber's history and physical and the nursing care plan when developing the treatment plan.
  • Participate as a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team in order to help develop and implement meaningful treatment plans for clients. Maintain individualized plans that reflect unmet acute needs the current hospitalization can effectively treat.
  • Develop discharge plans for both voluntary and involuntary residents, including arrangement and documentation of 7-day follow-up appointments. Work with the referral sources to ensure they assume appropriate care responsibility.
  • Provide individual, group, and family therapy services. Maintain and submit complete, accurate, and timely records and documentation to meet regulatory, agency, and funding source requirements.
  • Completes screenings, assessments, intakes, and discharges; arranges after-care services for clients.
  • Obtain family information regarding history, court involvement, finances, or discharge planning.
  • Provide clinical supervision and education to milieu staff as requested by the Program Manager.
  • Complete and sign ITA documents for court and appear in court as needed.
  • Authorize discharges, and supervise staff in the unit manager's absence, per WAC requirements.
  • Substitute for the unit manager as requested.
  • Disclose limited client information as necessary to the position as trained by the Records Dept. Supervisor. Disclosures must adhere to HIPAA privacy and security standards and be logged in detail according to agency policy and procedures. Complete all required training and annual refreshers.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.

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 field 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 in providing services to individuals and families

LICENSURE: Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration. Must meet and maintain the definition of a Mental Health Professional as defined in WAC 388-877-0500. Qualified as Child Mental Health Specialist. Must maintain a Washington State Department of Health license in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications:

EXPERIENCE: Experience with the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and co-occurring substance use disorders.

Experience in a therapeutic residential treatment setting is highly preferred. Substance Abuse Disorders treatment knowledge and experience necessary with certification preferred.