Behavioral Health Specialist
Job Summary Provides assessment, evaluation, and disposition services for patients presenting to the Emergency Department with psychiatric concerns or illness. Processes admissions to inpatient psychiatric units.Minimum Qualifications Education/Training Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychiatric Nursing or other mental health discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.Experience 1 year experience in the assessment and disposition of behavioral health disorders preferred.License/Certification/Registration State of Maryland license in appropriate discipline required.Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Ability to provide therapeutic interventions, assessment, evaluation, and disposition. Well-established ability to make independent clinical decisions. Organizational skills. Interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication. Basic computer skills preferred.Primary Duties and Responsibilities Completes documentation relevant to activities. Complies with and ensures adherence to documentation standards. Complies with data collection, entry, and reporting requirements.Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations. Coordinates admission to programs and services within Behavioral Health Services and associated programs.Provides and coordinates referrals to internal or external resources as appropriate.Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams.Participates in the management of aggressive patients as needed to ensure the safety of patient, self, and others. Recognizes early warning signs of escalating behaviors and intervenes as appropriate.Performs other duties as assigned.Provides clinical and/or administrative support to Assess Crisis Intervention Services (ACIS) as directed.Provides clinical assessment, evaluation, and disposition of persons presenting with behavioral health concerns or illness.Provides support to Emergency Department staff for behavioral health issues.Serves as liaison to referral sources, outside agencies, third-party payors, and other interested parties as appropriate and within limits of confidentiality.About MedStar Health MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, DC, region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.