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Posted on: June 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] JOB OPENING - MH PROGRAM SPECIALIST 1 (COMPLEX CASES DUAL DIAGNOSIS)

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You must apply for this position through the PA Civil Service. The below link will take you directly to the list of open Westmoreland County jobs. Please click "County Mental Health Program Specialist 1 (Local Government) - Westmoreland County MH/ID. ===> Job Posting

  • Full-time employment 
  • Work hours 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday with a 1 hour lunch period 
  • Hiring preference for this vacancy will be given to candidates who live within Westmoreland County. If no eligible candidates who live within Westmoreland County apply for this position, candidates who reside in other counties may be considered. 
  • Salary is $51,958.56 annually.
  • Westmoreland County offers excellent benefits including health/vision insurance, 10 vacation days after 1 year of service, 2 personal days, 15 sick days, and 13 paid holidays! 
  • Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:  Two years of professional level experience in the field of mental health, and a bachelor's degree; OR any equivalent combination of experience and training.
THE POSITIONS

The MH Program Specialist (Complex Cases) positions are with the Westmoreland County BHDS office located in downtown Greensburg behind the Courthouse. Westmoreland County offers excellent benefits including health/vision insurance, 10 vacation days after 1 year of service, 2 personal days, 15 sick days, and 13 paid holidays. 

COMPLEX CASES DUAL DIAGNOSES DESCRIPTION OF WORK

The County MH Program Specialist I Complex Case (dual diagnoses) will be a liaison between the mental health and intellectual disability systems both in house and with the necessary MH/IDA stakeholders in the community. The Program Specialist will act as the point person for dually diagnosed cases and will be responsible for the development of a behavioral health care management meeting for each individual. They will bridge the gap between the individual, their medical services, health systems, and community resources with care coordination tasks. They will assist with intervention strategies and support in crisis situations, treatment services, and discharge/re-integration to the community. The Program Specialist will support and ensure engagement with physical health service needs, as well as offer the individual a medium for open communication between service systems and providers.

This position will also require specific reporting and data collection responsibilities that will be used in identifying best practices and targeting performance improvement efforts.  Will be responsible for assessing and coordinating the care needs for consumers identified as Seriously Mental Ill (SMI) and dually diagnosed with an intellectual disability or Autism (IDA) diagnosis. The Program Specialist will provide assessment, education, planning, care coordination, identification of resources, and service facilitation from a person-centered approach with the goal of increasing the quality of life and prioritize their needs and goals.

COMPLEX CASES ADULT DESCRIPTION OF WORK

The Behavioral Health Program Specialist (PS) for Complex Cases is a position that will be responsible for assessing and coordinating the clinical care needs for adult consumers identified in two or more of the following groups:

1) being discharged from psychiatric inpatient or state hospitals;
2) admissions to Long Term Structured Residence or any other long term care facility
3) at risk for multiple inpatient readmissions;
4) Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) consumers experiencing reoccurring acute episodes; or
5) a member of a priority or special needs population (i.e. Intellectually Disabled, Aging, Forensic, etc.) who present with complex behavioral health, developmental services, medical and/or other life care needs.

Additionally, the PS will participate in the development and evaluation of clinical guidelines or standards of care for the previously identified populations of patients. The PS collects, trends, and analyzes aggregate outcomes data to improve outcomes for complex consumers. The PS will identify best practices and target performance improvement efforts.

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