Thresholds, a national leader in mental health services, is a recipient of the Chicago Tribune “Top 100 Workplaces" for three consecutive years and a nine-time winner of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For". Through our more than 100 Chicagoland locations and 30 innovative programs, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing and hope for over 15,000 adults and youth.
The RN reports directly to the Program Director or Team Leader for the ACT team. ACT is the Assertive Community Treatment team . The Members are seen 5-7 times per week and staff may be required to work some weekends. Highest level of care. The ACT Nurse functions as a primary practitioner who monitors each member’s clinical status and response to treatment utilizing the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, implementation and evaluation to assist individual with mental illnesses to achieve rehabilitative, resilience and recovery goals.
The ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) program is the highest level of care when serving our members. Members are seen 5-7 times per week and staff may be required to work some weekends.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Visits members at their homes or in the community to assess medical and psychosocial needs, develop plans to meet needs, provides services according to nursing standards, and monitor clinical status and response to treatment.
- Provides consultation to ACT team regarding members’ medical issues. Serves as a resource for the ACT team on general medical issues.
- Works closely with all consulting psychiatrists and medical doctors as assigned. This may include but is not limited to: medication administration, scheduling appointments and coordinating care as indicated by the member’s service plans.
- Attends to members acute medical issues providing interventions as appropriate.
- Responsible for the development and review of members’ Individual Treatment Plans (ITP) and Mental Health Assessment (MHA). This requires face to face meetings with client or guardian to identify goals, objectives, specific mental health services needed, and identification of staff responsible for delivering the services.
- Provides direct service to members through group counseling/therapy, case management, assertive community treatment, job support, crisis intervention, and psycho-social rehabilitation services either in the community or on site at a Thresholds location.
- May oversee or participate in the assessment of members to determine the need for service, identify and investigate available resources, explain options available to the client and assist in the application process.
- Intervenes with collateral sources, agencies, bureaucracies, facilities, and families on the members’ behalf. Advocates and assists with problem solving/resolution that will help the client access and utilize support from the community or family.
- Participates in the implementation of a Thresholds Service Plan. This may require cooperation with the psychiatrist, other team members, the member, their families, and collaborating agencies.
- Performs comprehensive member assessments in order to gage functioning levels and community supports.
- Works cooperatively with inpatient hospital staff, keeping logs and other records of all contacts as required by agency practice.
- Performs and participates in crisis intervention when necessary.
- Assures that all Thresholds procedures regarding the handling of member’s funds are followed and that both the members and the Thresholds administration are assured that all safeguards, reports and accounting meets the highest standards.