Full Time 40 hours Grade 093 Psychiatry SMH Child/Adoles Schedule VARIES; POSS WKENDS Responsibilities Position Summary: Provides leadership for the planning and delivery of Psychiatric Case Management services and provides non-clinical supervision to Psychiatric Case Managers. Provides direct and indirect patient care services to individuals having a mental illness. Serves as liaison between the program and community providers. Typical Duties: Develops, reviews and evaluates the needs for psychiatric case management services for a target population in collaboration with a program coordinator who is a mental health professional; acts as liaison to community providers and explains program goals to individuals and groups; screens referrals for psychiatric case management and makes recommendations to the Program Coordinator about assignments of Psychiatric Case Managers to patients. Conducts training for new Psychiatric Case Managers and provides input to the Program Coordinator regarding the performance of Psychiatric Case Managers assigned to team; provides guidance and direction to Psychiatric Case Managers regarding role performance, community resources and program policies. Supervises and supports a caseload of psychiatric patients in their acclimation to new community environments; social adjustment and interpersonal relationships; employment opportunities; avocational interests; understanding and use of public transportation; and knowledge of available recreational or leisure time activities. Responsible for visiting patients in their community setting in order to assess their progress toward meeting the goals of the care plan and to monitor compliance with the treatment plan. Teaches, guides and assists patients and family members to insure their clear understanding of the patient's needs and expectations of the specific care plan and makes recommendations regarding modifications to treatment plans to the mental health professionals. Independently carries out strategies for implementation of the care plan by establishing contact with various service providers and family members to: link patients with existing resources; assure appropriate utilization of life support services in the community; assure the smooth and orderly transition of patients into their respectively designated placement; take initiative for suggesting appropriate community services that would enable the patient to function at optimal level in the community. Responsible for maintaining contact with service providers to assess: appropriateness of placement; the continued progress of patients; and other supplemental needs of patients. Implements the proper intervention strategies with minimal supervision from the mental health professional. Responsible for documenting patient contacts and patient progress in the medical record and assists patients with paper work, correspondence, etc., necessary to ensure linkage to appropriate resources. Qualifications Associate's degree in health-related field and 2-3 years experience as a psychiatric case manager; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess a valid New York State Driver's License and access to automobile.
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