Therapist - Behavioral Health Services Adult/Youth

The Gulf Coast Center- Job Description

Title: Therapist - Behavioral Health Services Adult/Youth

Location: Brazoria and Galveston Counties

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Working Status: Full Time with Benefits

Summary:
The therapist provides therapeutic services to individuals, groups and families enrolled in Gulf Coast Center adult or youth behavioral health services from Brazoria and Galveston Counties. Primary responsibilities will be to provide therapeutic services based on the CBT model and other evidence based practices and within the scope of the therapist's license and training. Services include assessment, As assigned the LPHA will provide assessment and recovery oriented, individual or group, drug and alcohol counseling working within a team environment. The therapist will work within a person centered planning oriented services model, with supports, practices and beliefs into publicly funded mental health delivery systems. As part of an interdisciplinary team, and within the scope of the team, the therapist will be responsible for consultation with other team members on clinical issues to assist to develop a full range of options in community settings and to assist the clients to meet goals and objectives on their person centered recovery plan within the scope of the therapeutic intervention. The therapist will maintain a caseload of clients inclusive of creating person-centered recovery plans and be skilled to collaborate with clients to develop and utilize therapeutic interventions based on the client's presenting problems and symptoms. May be asked to conduct diagnostic evaluations for adults as a member of the Mental Health Adult Admissions team (as needed). Office based therapy provided as LPHA. Provide input for 180 day reviews for adults on caseload.

Gulf Coast Center operates under a trauma-informed approach based on the six key principles of Safety, Trustworthiness & Transparency, Peer Support, Collaboration & Mutuality, Empowerment & Choice, and Cultural, Historical & Gender issues.

Job Duties: Therapist - Behavioral Health Services (To be performed with or without accommodation as based on ADA requirements)

Essential Job Duties: 

  • Provides therapeutic management strategies and clinical coordination to individuals, groups, and family members as defined by GCC using evidence based strategies within the TRR model of care.
  • Complete Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) training and achieve competency as outlined in the current HHSC performance contract. • Will complete LPHA assessment necessary to determine eligibility for admission (inclusive of priority population).
  • Complete the required diagnosis form indicating all five diagnostic categories.
  • Accurately complete all LPHA Center required documentation necessary for admission process.
  •  Assure all required LPHA documentation is printed, signed, and filed in respective record.
  • Conducts service delivery in accordance with Mental Health Adult (MHA) standards as defined by state and local authority. Assures services are not provided on assigned adults should the Recovery plan and/or ANSA not be valid.
  • Conducts the Adult Needs & Strengths Assessment (ANSA) every 6 months or as clinically indicated for individuals as required & assigned. Responsible for ensuring completion of the initial & annual ANSA recertification in accordance with the Praed Foundation & HHSC performance contract requirements. A lapse/expiration of certification will result in termination of employment. Exception: If certification lapse/expiration is reported to supervisor within 24 hours of expiration date, employee will be granted opportunity to recertify by close of following business day. Any lapse/expiration greater than 24 hours will result in termination of employment. Additionally, all certified ANSA users are required to participate in semi-annual quality assurance training activity conducted by identified ANSA/CANS Super User.
  • Identifies, arranges, advocates and collaborates with other agencies to assure an effective planned referral, discharge or transfer of services. (Includes completion of service summary.).
  • Serve as member of the interdisciplinary treatment team providing individual/group therapy and crisis intervention services as needed and authorized by valid ANSA and Recovery Plan. Provide crisis services to adults and walk-ins as needed.
  • Utilize Smartcare reports in order to consistently monitor and complete required documentation as indicated by contract standards.
  • Provides weekly individual counseling to clients enrolled in substance use disorder outpatient services, identifying any progress and providing any required documentation to the appropriate referral source.
  • Facilitates group and individual counseling services for clients who have been assigned to their caseload, documenting all adult direct services in CMBHS., youth in Smartcare.
  • All documentation is complete, accurate and clear as required by GCC Consumer Records Procedure within 2 business days and ready to be uploaded/entered into EMR within 7 days.
  • Display professionalism and team membership when representing program throughout daily work.
  • Participate in team meetings as requested to provide clinical continuity. Consistently practice provision of follow up and communication related to all services provided. This is inclusive of other agencies, families and team.
  • Utilize Smartcare Reports and other report methodologies assigned to consistently monitor and complete required documentation as indicated by program standards.
  • Meets or exceeds the established performance requirement for entire caseload each month. Meets all productivity measures determined by leadership staff.
  • Participate in team meetings as requested to provide clinical continuity. Consistently practice provision of follow up and communication related to all services provided. This is inclusive of other agencies, families and team.
  • Effectively communicate with assigned team, collaborative agency members and leadership staff regarding service delivery, continuity of care and employment/administrative issues.
  • Maintain current status of all required trainings as directed by GCC.
  • Will complete LPHA assessment necessary to determine eligibility for admission (inclusive of priority population). 
  • Complete the required diagnosis form indicating all five diagnostic categories. 
  • Accurately complete all LPHA Center required documentation necessary for admission process. 
  • Assure all required LPHA documentation is printed, signed, and filed in respective record. 
  • Conducts service delivery in accordance with Substance Use and Mental Health Adult (MHA) standards as defined by state and local authority. For clients enrolled in GCC MH Services, assures services are provided only to assigned adults/youth with a valid authorization (ANSA/CANS) and Recovery Plan. 
  • Conducts the Adult Needs & Strengths Assessment (ANSA) every 6 months or as clinically indicated for individuals as required & assigned. 
  • Conducts the Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) every 3 months or as clinically indicated for youth as required & assigned. Responsible for ensuring completion of the initial & annual ANSA/CANS recertification in accordance with the Praed Foundation & HHSC performance contract requirements. A lapse/expiration of certification will result in termination of employment. Exception: If certification lapse/expiration is reported to supervisor within 24 hours of expiration date, employee will be granted opportunity to recertify by close of following business day. Any lapse/expiration greater than 24 hours will result in termination of employment. 
  • Additionally, all certified ANSA/CANS users are required to participate in semi-annual quality assurance training activity conducted by identified ANSA/CANS Super User. 
  • Identifies, arranges, advocates and collaborates with other agencies to assure an effective planned referral, discharge or transfer of services. (Includes completion of service summary.). 
  • Serve as member of the interdisciplinary treatment team providing individual/group therapy and crisis intervention services as needed and authorized by valid ANSA and Recovery Plan. Provide crisis services to adults and walk-ins as needed. 
  • Display professionalism and team membership when representing program throughout daily work. 
  • Participate in team meetings as requested to provide clinical continuity. Consistently practice provision of follow up and communication related to all services provided. This is inclusive of other agencies, families and team. 
  • Utilize Smartcare and CMBHS Reports to consistently monitor and complete required documentation as indicated by program standards. 
  • Meets or exceeds the established performance requirement for entire caseload each month. Meets all productivity measures determined by leadership staff. 
  • Participate in team meetings as requested to provide clinical continuity. Consistently practice provision of follow up and communication related to all services provided. This is inclusive of other agencies, families and team. 
  • Effectively communicate with assigned team, collaborative agency members and leadership staff regarding service delivery, continuity of care and employment/administrative issues. 
  • Will be responsible and accountable for the adherence to and promotion of the agency compliance policy and will require communication with various departments to foster, develop and continue our community partnerships as it relates to the position.
  • Strict adherence to the professional, ethical, and legal requirements set forth in GCC's Business Code of Conduct as well as the Corporate Compliance Plan.


Education: 

  • Minimum of a Master's Degree with an LCSW or LPC licensure; 
  • Additional LCDC licensure preferred, but must be willing to take substance use specific training once hired


Required Experience:

  • Computer/navigation skills required.
Preferred Experience:
  • One to two years related Mental Health experience is preferred.


Required Certifications/License:

  • Requires license as an LPC associate, LMSW or LMFT associate ($40,560 - $46,644 annually)
  • Prefer license as an LPC or LCSW ($58,240 - $66,976 annually)
  • Additional LCDC licensure preferred, but must be willing to take substance use specific training once hired

Ability:

  • General knowledge of mental health disorders.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Self-motivated with good time management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to establish cooperative relationships with individuals in crisis situations.
  • Must learn and use the Trauma-Informed Principles in performing assessments with persons in crisis so as to not add any further traumatic experiences.
  • Ability to express self clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Requires ability to work within a team approach.
  • Requires proficiency with computer skills, programs, and email.
  • This position will interface with community stakeholders and maintain a professional relationship and boundaries with stakeholders in all interactions.
  • Ability to express self clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Requires ability to work within a team approach.
  • Proficient in the use of electronic data systems including electronic health records and business software such as Microsoft Word and Excel.


Working Conditions:

  • Work will be performed in the Office, Field, and/or Remotely setting(s). 
  • May require varied work hours depending on the needs of clients. 
  • Out-of-region travel may be required to attend training. 
  • May require travel to various locations within Brazoria and Galveston Counties. 
  • Requires current Texas Driver's License, reliable transportation safe and current with all state requirements, and liability insurance.
  • Navigator staff is expected to work together as part of the crisis team to have a schedule that maintains crisis services 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
  • The position requires flexibility to work different shifts or on-call as needed to meet program needs.

Job-Related Physical/Mental Requirements & Environmental Conditions:

Physical:

  • Ability to transport, adjust and/or move items up to 55 lbs.
  • Ability to ascend/descend stairs.
  • Ability to remain in a stationary position for long periods of time.
  • Ability to handle objects.
  • Ability to operate office equipment.
  • Ability to move around within an office setting and/or other locations as needed; may include the ability to bend/twist, kneel/stoop and/or reach for items.
  • Ability to push/pull, crawl/squat as it relates to PMAB requirements; may be required to perform PMAB restraints as it relates to program requirements. 
  • Ability to detect and write effectively.
  • Ability to hear (with or without aid).
  • Ability to have visual acuity to operate a motor vehicle and observe objects within the work setting.


Mental:

  • Ability to accept constructive criticism.
  • Ability to maintain regular attendance.
  • Ability to understand, communicate and comprehend accurate information with others in English.
  • Ability to reason and analyze effectively.
  • Ability to solve practical problems as it relates to the position.
  • Required to pass and maintain all Center mandated training.


Work Site/Environmental Conditions:

  • Ability to work alone.
  • Ability to work closely with others.
  • Ability to work closely with clients and/or family members with poor hygiene. Ability to work long and/or irregular hours.
  • May be subjected to a hostile environment.
  • May be subjected to a high crime environment.
  • Potential exposure to tobacco products.
  • May be subjected to both inside and outside environmental conditions.
  • Subject to standard noise levels within the working environment.
  • Travel by motor vehicle, van, bus, or plane may be required.


Qualified individuals must be able to perform these functions with or without reasonable accommodations as based on ADA requirements.