The Psychiatric Assessment Specialist is responsible for conducting psychiatric assessments on clients who require crisis evaluations to determine the appropriate level of care, completing age-appropriate psychiatric assessments of clients and providing referrals for those clients who are determined not needing hospitalization and notifies the appropriate persons or referral source of disposition. The hours are 3:30pm to 11:30pm with weekends and holiday shifts as well.
Ensures that 100% of the calls for the evaluation of an individual are responded to onsite within one hour/60 minutes.
Completely document the evaluation prior to the department from the Emergency Department.
Ensures that the assessment includes the prescribed clinical evaluation of the individual.
Ensures firm linkage of the individual with the authorization level of care.
Responsible for the completion of a mental health assessment, including Mental Health Exam, Locus, USARF, past and present psychiatric history, family history, substance abuse history and suicide risk assessment including ascertaining client's presentation of present illness, and all other applicable documentation evaluating client's functional level prior to referral to appropriate treatment.
Collaborate with families, probation officers, police, and other interested parties to exchange necessary information during the assessment process.
Refer patients, clients, or family members to community resources or to specialists as necessary.
Provide intensive stabilization, assessment, crisis intervention and case management.
Participate in all required training as offered in the mental health division;
Ensure that client records are maintained in accordance with Section 115.300(I) and kept confidential.
Keep informed of new developments in the field.
Master’s Degree in Social Work/Psychology or an appropriate human service field.
A minimum of 3-years’ experience in psychiatric emergency room or crisis intervention and multi-disciplinary setting is preferred.
The candidate must have a solid understanding of the DSM IV TR criteria for diagnosing Mental Health / Substance Abuse patients and a solid understanding of the Illinois Mental Health Code. Knowledge of Community Mental Health, Rule 132 and the Department of Mental Health;
Must have the ability to formulate the 5 Axis diagnoses and formulate the initial treatment plan.
About HRDI - Friend Health
We provide access to high quality, comprehensive health care by partnering with our patients and community! Friend Health(“Friend Family” “Friend Health” "Friend Family Health Center), is a non-profit organization proudly serving the Southeast and Southwest sides of Chicago, IL. regardless of patient income. Today, the Friend Health delivery sites provide care services to over 30,000 patients on an annual basis. We are proud to be recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a designation that demonstrates our commitment to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare delivery.