*This is a contracted position and may be located in multiple locations.
The Clinical Coordinator is responsible to provide mental health and substance abuse services which shall comply with policies and procedures of Eckerd and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Standards Manual, DJJ’s QI Standards and other state and federal regulatory licensing and accrediting agencies and bodies.
A Clinical Coordinator shall maintain licensure and establish competency to provide the following treatment services:
- Mental Health and substance abuse assessments and counseling shall be provided by qualified licensed mental health and substance abuse professionals as set forth in the DJJ the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Manual, Chapter 397, 458, 459, 490 or 491, F.S., and this Agreement.
- Clinical Coordinators will ensure they are appropriately licensed and provide such licensure to Eckerd upon Services Agreement execution and at times of renewal as appropriate. The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for the completion of training requirements to maintain licensure and provide updated certifications to Eckerd. Eckerd will verify that mental health staff’s licensure is kept current.
- Mental health and/or substance abuse assessments and treatment services will be provided to youth assessed or referred for mental health and/or substance abuse services. Mental health and substance abuse services will be provided in accordance with the DJJ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Manual Revised August 2006 with March 2007 and April 2007 Updates, and Rule 63D F.A.C., and Chapters 397, 458, 459, 490 or 491, F.S.
- Clinical Coordinator will be knowledgeable and comply with DJJ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Manual and Eckerd Policy & Procedures at all Program locations.
- Clinical Coordinator shall assess youth identified with suicide risk factors within 24 hours, or immediately if the youth is in imminent danger of self-harm by completing the Assessment for Suicide Risk (ASR) and Precautionary Observation documents in accordance with Rule 63D-12 F.A.C., and the DJJ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Manual. Clinical Coordinator will initiate Baker Act proceedings for those youth when clinically indicated. After assessment is completed, Clinical Coordinator will determine if youth meets criteria to be cleared for standard supervision or, if indicated, will remain on precautionary observation status until a follow up assessment of suicide risk is completed. If a follow up suicide risk assessment is completed, the Clinical Coordinator shall step down the youth’s supervision levels in tiers. Youth will be placed on close supervision and then after completion of an additional follow up suicide risk assessment youth may be placed on standard supervision.
Youth identified in acute mental health crisis will placed on mental health alert status and have a crisis assessment completed immediately by the Clinical Coordinator. Emergency services will be initiated immediately by program staff in the absence of the Clinical Coordinator. Youth will remain on precautionary observation mental health alert until emergency services transport youth to a receiving crisis center.
- Youth identified with an expedited need for treatment or present psychiatric treatment at the time of intake or any time during the youth’s enrollment in the program, will have an initial treatment plan completed within 7 days of identification and will be referred to the present provider or local community mental health center for psychiatric care or medication management when clinically indicated. Clinical Coordinator will notify the Eckerd Case Manager after the referral is made so that the Eckerd Case Manager can follow up with the community mental health center. Clinical Coordinator will continue to provide treatment services in accordance with the DJJ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services Manual.
- Clinical Coordinator shall begin the assessment process with youth referred for comprehensive mental health and/or substance abuse evaluation three (3) business days and complete evaluation within 30 days of referral. The SAMH 2-3 is the identified comprehensive evaluation and will be completed for any youth that is being recommended for evaluation due to screening and/or court order. Clinical Coordinator can utilize an evaluation that was completed within the 12 months prior to admission to Eckerd. The Clinical Coordinator must document an update after review of the evaluation record. Evaluation must be provided prior to the 30-day requirement and prior to the completion of the individualized treatment plan.
- An individualized mental health and/or substance abuse treatment plan will be developed for all youth identified in the evaluation in need of treatment that includes individualized mental health and/or substance abuse treatment goals and objectives. The treatment plan will be developed by the Clinical Coordinator within 30 days of the referral or within 30 days of the development of the initial treatment plan. Subsequent reviews will be conducted minimally every 30 days as outlined in the DJJ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Manual. Clinical Coordinator and Eckerd Management will ensure that the treatment plan forms used contain the minimum required data elements outlined in the FL DJJ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Manual and are filed in the youth’s treatment file.
- Individual counseling sessions shall focus on the youth’s symptoms of mental disorder and/or substance abuse and strengths and needs identified in the youth’s individualized mental health and/or substance abuse treatment plan. Clinical Coordinator shall utilize Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and utilize an awareness and understanding of the impact of trauma on behavior.
- Clinical Coordinator shall provide psycho-educational as well as group treatment. Psycho-education groups can be provided to youth that may or may not be receiving in house mental and/or substance abuse treatment services. Group treatment shall address the goals and objectives identified in each youth’s initial and/or individualized treatment plan. Youth without an individualized treatment plan shall not be permitted to attend treatment groups. Group attendance youth sign in sheets will be maintained by the Clinical Coordinator. Frequency and length of sessions will be determined by the licensed clinician providing the services.
- Clinical Coordinator shall complete documentation in the youth’s mental health file. Documentation shall be made in the youth’s activity log and on progress notes.
These specifications are general guidelines based on the minimum experience normally considered essential to the satisfactory performance of this position. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the position in a satisfactory manner. Individual abilities may result in some deviation from these guidelines.
Education: A psychiatrist licensed pursuant to chapter 458 or 459, Florida Statutes, who is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, or has completed a training program in Psychiatry approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for entrance into its certifying examination; a psychologist licensed pursuant to chapter 490, Florida Statutes; or a mental health counselor, clinical social worker, or marriage and family therapist licensed pursuant to chapter 491, Florida Statutes; or a psychiatric nurse as defined in section 394.455(23), Florida Statutes.
Experience: Two year’s experience in direct-care delivery of treatment or clinical services, plus one year of supervisory experience required. Incumbents working in a residential DJJ program must have three years experience working in an offender (adult or juvenile) treatment program. Experience with administrative requirements associated with Medicaid services also required. Experience with group work modalities, residential settings, child welfare, and substance abuse treatment preferred.
Skills: Good organizational skills, analytic ability and attention to detail are required, as are training and counseling skills. Must be able to work effectively with diverse groups of staff and residents in a participatory management environment.
Physical Demands: Ability to periodically work extended hours and to respond to mental health crises at varied hours within and outside a standard work week. Ability to assist staff in restraining youth in accordance with approved behavior management techniques. PAR certification preferred. Ability to travel to and observe youth groups in primitive campsite settings. Must be free of communicable diseases as required by the appropriate state and to the extent that this knowledge is attainable under federal law.
Other: Must meet state criminal background check requirements. Must maintain employment eligibility status.
Travel: Must be able to meet requirements for Eckerd’s Auto Insurance and be able to drive for business purposes. Must have and maintain an appropriate and valid state driver’s license.