As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.The Edward Thomas House Medical Respite is a unique medical respite harm reduction program that provides shelter care with embedded nursing, mental health, and case management services to an at-risk homeless population. Medical Respite is a part of the Healthcare for the Homeless Network and is supported by funds from multiple sources including King County Public Health, MIDD, and local hospitals. The Edward Thomas House admits patients referred from all King County area hospitals 7 days a week and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The program is operated by Harborview Medical Center (HMC) at an off-site location next to the Harborview emergency department.Harborview Medical Center's Medical Respite department has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER. Under general supervision, Mental Health Practitioner is responsible for interacting with the patient population at Medical Respite, conducting psychosocial and social service needs assessments, and providing case management services for our homeless patients.RESPONSIBILITIES:Participates as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to serve homeless people, many of whom are using substances and/or have a mental illnessProvides outreach/engagement services for difficult-to-reach clients initially addressing basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and medical careConduct psychosocial and social service needs assessmentsDevelop treatment plans and provision of case management servicesRecommend and monitor use of medication in mental health treatmentParticipate in psychiatric consultation, supervision, program meetingsDocuments patient care in a manner that reflects recognition of the legal significance of an accurate and complete mental health recordCompletes documentation of grant required encounters in a timely mannerDevelops, implements and documents teaching specific to the patient populations served by the Health Care for the Homeless Mental Health TeamMay participate in community activities that relate to education about and advocacy for the mental health needs of the homelessActs as an advocate for the patient/family through such activities as organizing patient care conferences and safeguarding patient's privacy and confidentialityPromotes an atmosphere/attitude of respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of each patientActs promptly and effectively in managing self, patients and other employees during an emergency situationProvides information regarding emergencies, ie. Calling 911, MHPsParticipates in and supports the Health Care for the Homeless, division and HMC quality assessment/improvement activitiesMaintains, improves clinical competence and knowledge and skills through use of appropriate resources to meet identified self-learning needs and annual review requirementsWorks collaboratively with Medical Respite team, clinic personnel and other homeless health care providersDevelops cooperative relationships with other agencies in the mental health and social service systems in order to provide effective servicesProvides psychiatric consultation, program presentations and in-service trainingMay assist in the supervision of volunteers, students and support staff REQUIREMENTS:A Master's Degree in behavioral sciences, such as psychology, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, vocational or educational counseling, or social work OR Bachelor's Degree in nursing or a behavioral science AND three years' of experience in the direct delivery of professional mental health care.Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.DESIRED:Must have a passion for working with an underserved, disenfranchised homeless populationExperience with harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and trauma informed careThis position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.