The Clinical Therapist is a Master's Level professional, (Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPHA) preferred) is responsible for providing direct care services to adult clients in the Outpatient Mental Health Program including providing Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (PSR) or Community Support services, either individually or in a group, as specified by the PSR Supervisor and/or the Clinical Manager. Clinician will be responsible for providing offsite and onsite services to adults within the Division of Mental Health’s Adult Outpatient Program who do not meet the criteria for ACT, CST or CSR programming and who are integrated within the recovery community. Provide counseling with an emphasis on prevention of relapse. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health. Assist individuals with co-occurring disorders; family, parenting, and marital problems; suicide; stress management; problems with self-esteem; and issues associated with mental and emotional health.
- Provide billable Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance services to all assigned clients/ residents;
- Completes Mental Health Assessments through a formal process of gathering information regarding a client's mental and physical status and presenting problems resulting in the identification of the client's mental health service needs and recommendations for service delivery;
- As a member of an interdisciplinary team develop comprehensive Treatment Plans within the required timeframes;
- Assure the participation of team members, the individual, the guardian, the family and necessary; professionals in the treatment process, unless the individual is not legally disabled and does not desire the involvement of the family or the family refuses to participate;
- Meet with families, probation officers, police, and other interested parties to exchange necessary information during the treatment 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);
- Evaluate the effectiveness of current counseling interventions and clients' progress in resolving identified problems and moving towards defined objectives.
- Modify treatment activities and approaches as needed to comply with changes in clients' status.
- Provide psychosocial rehabilitation services and community support group services to clients within the day treatment program;
- Complete and receive authorizations and pre-certifications for assigned clientele;
- Ensure that all requirements for case management activities and supports related to Permanent Supportive Housing (Bridge) clients are adhered to in a timely and efficient manner;
- Assist consumers with housing-related issues relevant to fulfilling lease requirements such as initial household setup, budgeting, housekeeping, house rules, contacting the landlord about repairs and other problems in the home, health and safety (including fire emergency plan and other safety and security concerns), and other issues;
- Provide follow-up services to consumers in maintaining their homes by providing periodic in-home visits;
- Help consumers apply for and transition to other types of long-term housing assistance, such as Section 8 vouchers or public housing;
- Maintain current information about consumers’ benefits (that is, basic income and medical information) to ensure that the subsidy amount is accurate with regard to consumers’ income;
- Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment;
- Master’'s Degree in Social Work/Psychology or an appropriate human service field
- Minimum of two years' experience in the human service field
- Illinois licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Vehicle, insurance, and driver's license required for travel between sites
- Knowledge of and proficiency in computer programs, i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe, etc
- Demonstrate a high degree of skill in problem solving and working effectively with people
- Must be detail oriented and flexible
- Knowledge of Community Mental Health, Rule 132 and the Department of Mental Health
- Ability to communicate effectively and serve as a liaison to primary referral sources, families, team members, school districts, community agencies, and signatory partners
- Experience with electronic medical records (EMR) is a plus