Emergency Behavioral Health Consultant

Summary of Position:

Provide short-term, goal-directed Behavioral Health assessments in a local hospital emergency department, coordinates and communicates with emergency department staff, and facilitates referral of appropriate patients to Portage Path Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) or other facilities.


Minimum Qualifications:

 Formal Education Required:

  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field. Masters Degree (preferred) in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology.
  •  Active LSW, LISW, LPC, LPCC in the State of Ohio.

Experience and Training Required:

  • At least 2 years experience in the mental health field.
  • At least 1 year of experience in a crisis or emergency mental health setting.

Other Skills, Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Population-Specific Competency: Ability to effectively interact with patients/customers with the understanding of their needs for self-respect and dignity
  • Crisis triage and intervention
  • De-escalation interventions
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with a variety of healthcare providers
  • Behavioral Health treatment modalities
  • Interpersonal/human relations skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize duties
  • Ability to monitor effectiveness through pre-established performance goals

Essential Functions:

The following essential functions will be carried out in a manner entirely consistent with Portage Path’s mission, values and philosophies, and those of our hospital partners

  • Learn and communicate the workings of PES
  • Provide crisis intervention, support, information and referral to patients in the partner hospital’s Emergency Department.
  • Conduct psychosocial assessment and standardized screening measures on patients in the Emergency Department, and make disposition recommendations based on outcomes.
  • Complete follow-up calls to assess progress, barriers and goals.
  • Develop and foster collaboration with medical staff in the emergency department, and with staff at PES.
  • Provide consultation with medical professionals regarding symptoms of mental illness and addiction.
  • Complete documentation within identified medical record according to policies associated with the Emergency Department.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community agencies, state behavioral health organizations and local hospitals with behavioral health units.
  • Achieve relevant productivity and data tracking standards established by the program.

Multiple shifts to be filled – full or part-time including weekend and evening hours. Full-time pay is in the range of $25 to $31 per hour depending on experience and licensure.

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