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Mental Health Worker - Residential Crisis Services
Way Station Inc. | Frederick, Maryland
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Job Description

Let's change lives, together.

At Way Station, you will discover a network of the brightest, most innovative minds working together to provide the best, most compassionate care.

Schedules available:

* Full-time, Monday-Friday, 3p-11p, with rotating weekends

This is a direct service position offered by Way Station, Inc., requiring general knowledge of mental health and specific knowledge and skill in crisis resolution and rehabilitation with persons with psychiatric disabilities. The job involves the assumption of primary responsibility for the smooth operation of the intensive support program and for implementing treatment plans for clients in crisis. This is a non-exempt (hourly) position.

Position Requirements: Education and Experience

* Possession of a bachelor's degree in related field or an associate's degree and work experience which uniquely qualifies the individual for the job is preferred. Minimum requirement is possession of a high school diploma.
* Two years positively referenced, preferably relevant, work volunteer or student/intern experience.
* Valid full driver's license and vehicle required. Driver's license cannot be provisional status.
* Must be able to pass federal and state background checks.

Position Requirements: Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

* Ability to implement a plan of care in both structured and unstructured settings.
* Ability to make therapeutic decisions affecting members in an autonomous manner.
* Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
* Ability to balance the needs and wishes of an individual client with the needs of others.
* Ability to establish and maintain empowering, trust relationships with WSI clients which reflect appropriate boundaries.
* Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
* Knowledge of psychotropic medications and the ability to effectively communicate this knowledge.
* Ability to accurately identify the need for consultation.
* Ability to assess clients and their environments for health, safety, security and organization in crisis situations.
* Knowledge of psychiatric rehabilitation concepts.
* Knowledge of the principles of crisis intervention.
* Willingness and ability to examine one's own behavior, feelings and attitudes to facilitate a productive relationship with consumers, providers, administrators and citizens throughout the County.
* Interest in working with persons with serious mental illness and understanding of the need to prevent crisis as much as possible.

Join us at Way Station, and become part of a strong, committed, driven team - changing lives, together!

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Company overview: Way Station, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate and quality behavioral health care, housing and employment services to adults with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance addictions; children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges; veterans with service needs. Way Station embraces the principles of recovery and resilience and is committed to providing evidence-based, consumer-driven, and family-focused services. Headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, Way station has programs in four counties in Maryland and employs over 600 people.

Way Station is an EOE/M/F/D/V Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

About Way Station Inc.

Way Station is a private, non-profit behavioral health organization that provides a broad range of services in a variety of settings to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and families. Headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, Way Station has programs in four counties in Maryland and employs about 400 employees. In 2011, Way Station served more than 3,000 individuals. Founded in 1978, Way Station has a rich history of providing high quality care and achieving exceptional results. Way Station's advocacy role within the Maryland Public Mental Health System for the past quarter of a century demonstrates its ability to build and reform integrated and collaborative systems of care for individuals at-risk of institutional placement, and to effectively shift the focus of care away from institutions and back to community settings. In the 1970's, Way Station provided technical support to the Mental Hygiene Administration in shifting the locus of care for individuals with mental illness from institutions to communities by amending the State Medicaid Plan to provide coverage for community-based psychiatric rehabilitation day programs. In the 1980's, Way Station was instrumental in assisting the Mental Hygiene Administration to make the next shift from facility-based community mental health care to more natural and integrated community settings such as an individual's home by amending the State Medicaid Plan again to allow for coverage of non-facility based services. Several years ago, Way Station was influential in taking the next step in system reform to allow more flexibility in community-based services, increase provider accountability and risk-sharing, and promote a "wraparound" model of care by changing the financing system. Way Station's National Education Center has provided programmatic consultation in partnership with George Washington University Center for Health Policy Research to over 200 government and private disability agencies from over 25 states and 8 countries. Additionally, Way Station provides fieldwork training to advanced-degree human service students from across the country through formal affiliations with over 85 colleges and universities. Recognized in numerous national and international professional journals, Way Station was selected most recently as one of three awardees in Maryland to administer a national demonstration program that pilots innovative strategies in supported employment for individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities. Way Station services are licensed and approved by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Department of Human Resources, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services, and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration, and are nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Way Station has been endorsed as a national exemplary model program by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, recognized by USA Today as the "bright spot" in Maryland's mental health system, and honored by the White House as one of America's "Points of Light." In 1996, Way Station affiliated with the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Health Foundation, a 100-year old, not-for-profit behavioral health system that has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as operating one of the top ten psychiatric hospitals in the nation.

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