Clinician, Crisis Services, Athol

CSO is looking for full and part-time Crisis Clinicians to join our Emergency Services team in Athol.

Our Crisis services offer clients behavioral health assessments, intervention and stabilization (for youth, families and adults,) 24 hour availability (7 days per week,) support from professional Peers, and are a preferred alternative to hospital emergency departments. We offer these services to all individuals regardless of insurance or ability to pay. 

As a Crisis Clinician, you will work with an expert team of mental health professionals in community settings including homes, schools, and hospital emergency departments to provide trauma sensitive interventions for safety and stabilization.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct psychiatric assessment of individuals experiencing a mental health emergency and provide appropriate disposition. Consult to medical personnel, police and other providers as indicated.
  • Organize clinical evaluations, including completion of a written report and finalizing a disposition efficiently and in a timely manner.
  • Utilize external information and specialized expertise as needed.  This includes contacting providers, family, friends and significant supports of the individual being evaluated.
  • Utilize consultation when this will facilitate a more expert evaluation including contacting supervisors, psychiatrists, or CSO staff who are available for specialized consultation.
  • Respond to clients at the most natural setting that is safe and feasible following the risk guidelines of the Crisis Program.  This includes homes, schools, residential programs, group homes, nursing facilities, and other settings as needed.
  • Implement procedures for Mobile Crisis Intervention reaching out to youth and families in the most natural setting possible and using a team model.
  • Provide clinical services to residents of the Respite program including risk assessment for unplanned discharges and screening interviews for inpatient step-down admissions.  Additional clinical services to Respite clients as directed including treatment planning, clinical interviews, case management, acquiring insurance prior authorization, and discharge planning.

Qualifications

Clinical Master's degree required. Two years or more of experience treating individuals with a serious mental illness in a residential, crisis intervention, or psychiatric inpatient setting is preferred.  Must be experienced in assessing individuals and managing appropriate dispositions.  Computer proficiency required including ability to work with email, electronic health record and word processing software. Must be licensed or license eligible (LICSW or LMHC preferred.) Must have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation. 

Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, (English/Spanish speaking.)

Benefits

We provide our employees with competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including full coverage health and dental insurance and ample paid time off (vacation, personal, sick, and holidays). Additionally, we offer a retirement savings plan and an employee referral bonus program. CSO provides their staff with regular in-house training and professional development opportunities with free CEUs. Our voluntary supplemental insurances include short and long-term disability, cancer, accident and life. We also offer a premier employee assistance program (EAP) and personal cell phone plan discounts.

Our Agency

Clinical & Support Options, Inc. is a behavioral health organization serving individuals and families across Western Massachusetts. From its early days as a child guidance clinic, Clinical & Support Options has expanded into a full service behavioral health agency, committed internally to excellence while we collaborate externally with community partners to participate in a comprehensive system of assistance and resources for the residents of our communities. We employ over 650 multi-disciplinary staff, helping thousands of families during the past 50 years. We have community based office locations throughout Western Massachusetts, including Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield, Orange, Athol, Gardner and Pittsfield.

Our core competencies lend themselves to the development of a "one-stop" model of comprehensive, holistic services to individuals and families with multiple and complex issues.

Our expertise, in a nutshell, is to support people in their progress towards self-sufficiency, no matter what challenges they face on that journey.