Mental Health Professional Screening Coordinator job Seattle Washington
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Mental Health Professional/Screening Coordinator Job

Employer Name: DESC SpiderID: 8758247
Location: Seattle, Washington Date Posted: 6/21/2019
Wage: 43,459.00 - 47982 Yearly Salary Category: Social Services
Job Code: 111225370

Job Description:

Location: Seattle, WA
Days Off : Saturday, Sunday
Pay Range : $43,459 - $47,982 annually
Shift: Office Day
Insurance Benefits: Medical, Dental, Life, Long-term Disability
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan

The COAT (Community Outreach & Advocacy Team) MHP/Screening Coordinator is a member of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for providing outreach, engagement, intensive case management and behavioral health services to adults. In conjunction with Clinical Supervisor, this position will assume primary responsibility for processing referrals to COAT and performing timely eligibility screening and registration activities associated with enrollment of a potential client into COAT services.

The model incorporates a modified assertive community treatment (ACT) approach with caseloads of 1:20 with companion-based services to ensure people are identified and assessed, supported and accompanied to any services or appointments that are indicated. The team will consist of behavioral health staff, a psychiatric prescriber, a psychiatric registered nurse and an occupational therapist, all of whom will provide services with an intensive outreach and client-centered approach. This position is involved in all aspects of referral, outreach and engagement, intensive case management and behavioral health services, as well as coordination with other providers and legal system contacts to support client.

Services will be provided in Seattle and King County areas. Many services will be provided on the streets, in shelters and other service centers as assigned. This position requires a high degree of coordination and collaboration with other DESC programs as well as outside agencies particularly in conjunction with the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program and the Public Defender's Association.

DESC Employee PERKS:

  • Over 6 weeks off in the first year of employment

  • Opportunities for growth

  • Team building and Camaraderie

  • Training and Learning that Occurs at your Own Pace

  • Great Medical and Dental Benefits

  • Week long Orientation and Training

  • Retirement Plan

  • Flexible Spending Account


  • Provide outreach and engagement services, as assigned, working with Supervisor & other team members when meeting new referrals

  • Provide variety of case management activity focused on stabilization and transition to other ongoing providers as appropriate.

  • Conduct referral and screening eligibility tasks and behavioral health assessments and develop support and treatment plans with the greatest client participation possible.

  • Provide evidence-based and other therapeutic interventions.

  • Provide and prioritize crisis intervention with clients as needed. This may include de-escalation, going to EDs, and/or making referrals to crisis system if necessary.

  • Assume primary responsibility for coordinating all aspects of clients' support and treatment plans. This includes providing and/or coordinating the following: survival services with a focus on access to food, shelter and clothing; fastest possible acquisition and stabilization of housing; acute and ongoing medical care, psychiatric treatment, financial assistance, criminal justice system coordination, substance use treatment.

  • Advocate for clients' access to community resources and services, ensuring that clients' needs are met and rights maintained; consult and collaborate with community providers to ensure continuity of care. Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with DESC staff, and other service and resource organizations to ensure full continuity of care for clients.

Other Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Participate in psychiatric consultation, supervision, program meetings and in-service trainings; participate in clinical reviews and case conferences for clients on caseload.

  • Comply with the agency's clinical accountability policies and procedures; maintain timely and complete clinical records; participate in quality assurance reviews when assigned.

  • Comply with applicable program research and evaluation procedures.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in social work, counseling or Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing.

  • Mental health professional (MHP) designation, as defined by current WAC & RCW.

  • One year full-time paid work experience in provision of treatment and/or intake work with adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Equivalent relevant experience may not be substituted for degree requirement.

  • Interest or experience in working with clients who have difficulty engaging with traditional programs.

  • Ability to meet state requirements for Agency Affiliated Counselor or higher credential.

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff from various backgrounds.

  • Must have current Washington State Driver's License, current auto insurance, and ability to become an authorized driver.

  • Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide range of behaviors.

  • Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration and respect for clients.


  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.

  • Bicultural background/experience and/or Qualified Minority Mental Health Specialist designation is helpful.

  • Experience working with adults who have experienced homelessness.

  • Experience working with adults who have experienced mental health and substance use issues.


The Downtown Emergency Service Center is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presenceof any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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