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POST DATE 9/17/2016
END DATE 10/17/2016

Resources For Human Development, Inc. Bryn Mawr, PA

Bryn Mawr, PA
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Description/Job Summary

Lower Merion Counseling Service is a community-based outpatient mental health treatment center includes psychiatrists and therapists providing comprehensive therapeutic mental health and drug and alcohol services to individuals, families, and groups. In
addition, a new recovery support team and case manager assist clients in Lower Merion Township to obtain necessary mental health support services.
The Clinical Liaison will facilitate clinical involvement that supports recovery and independent housing, partnering with the person and his/her team in achieving this goal. It is the expectation that Community Behavioral Health Centers work with individuals
in an ongoing way providing valuable continuity of care and help them to get the treatment and supports they need to maintain their community housing or successfully complete a residential rehabilitation program.
The CL will be a part of a team that focuses on enhancing community safety by promoting the wellness of individuals with serious behavioral health challenges who experience forensic involvement. In this team model, behavioral health supports collaborate
with court participants to identify recovery goals and the supports that will help achieve them, jointly making modifications to the plan as needed. The court looks to the Behavioral Health team representatives for input as to the meaning of behavior and
for recommendations as to how they will be addressed clinically while always reserving the ability to address behaviors in a judicial manner. Best treatment for individuals served by BHC requires an assertive Behavioral Health team that quickly addresses emerging
difficulty and is proactive in sharing treatment recommendations with the court. The clinical liaison to BHC ensures the involvement of Behavioral Health services in the court process.
Job Duties/Responsibilities:

Facilitate quick access to services and urgent clinical response to situations that threaten the individual s recovery and/or their safety in the community

Ensure that the BHC protocol for relapse/behavioral health crisis is followed

Consult with agency supports regarding recovery progress of individuals served by the court or when a participant s housing is at risk or facilitate rapid connection to for new BHC individuals accessing clinical services.

Review agency intake assessment of all new referrals from BHC or from Residential Services; determine that needs have been addressed with relevant clinical and mobile services both within and external to the agency, coordinating supports that could be addressed
by recovery coaching, mobile psych rehab, etc
Residential Transformation/team - Provide clinical oversight in therapeutic team sessions to brainstorm additional supports and interventions which help the individual to maintain their community tenure and avoid residential placement or court sanctions.

Residential Transformation Team - Review all decisions to refer to residential services, ascertain that all community supports have been employed to maintain independent housing.

Working in concert, both internally & externally with the Community Behavioral Health Centers: Facilitate ongoing collaborative relationships and maintain ongoing communication with the Court/Forensic system; the local Mental Health residential services
and the Magellan Care Manager for Residential and Court Services.
Understand the strengths of the programs and identify opportunities for the clinical partner to address unmet needs (i.e.: providing a relapse prevention group in IOP)

Collaborate in the development of the referral summary that identifies goals for Residential Rehabilitation services.

Facilitate team involvement in therapeutic sessions. When the lead clinician is unavailable secure and share his/her input and perspective for the mtg.

Share treatment perspective regarding challenging behaviors and make recommendation regarding possible interventions that could be adopted by residential supports or the court team.

Behavioral Health Court - Be a point of contact for the court team by attending weekly court meetings and by availability for crisis.

Behavioral Health Court- Participate in court team meetings as an advocate for the individual s recovery and share behavioral health expertise including recommendations to address urgent needs.

Facilitate the growth of clinical knowledge, leadership and strategies to best serve individuals with complex needs who are unable to sustain community tenure or are forensically involved.

Promote a clinical approach that embraces the clinician s primary role in support of the person and in guiding the team whether the person is living independently or in a residential program.

Orient all agency staff regarding residential transformation and expectation for targeted clinical and rehabilitative services to support transition to community living.

Contribute to the on-going development of enhancing an agency culture that embraces a housing first approach to community support and the creation of an agency culture that identifies pending loss of housing or eviction due to behavioral issues as a crisis
and views residential placement as an indicator of an increased need for clinical support in order to help facilitate reintegration in the community in a timely way.

Promote awareness throughout agency of BHC as a resource to individuals forensically involved

Job Requirements/Minimum Qualifications:

Two years clinical experience
Excellent Organizational/Oral/Writing/Computer skills
Ability to collaborate and work independently
Ability to employ a Supportive Integrative Approach and Implementing Recovery Practices

Knowledge of Residential Transformation and Recovery Principles

Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic
information, veteran, or disability status.