Rural Crisis Specialist will act as a co responder with Law Enforcement. This position responds to Crisis Hot Line calls, Law Enforcement calls, Hospital, and community calls from the Callahan, Jones, Shackelford, Stephens, and Taylor County communities (excludes city of Abilene), The position may respond to calls in City of Abilene. Response may be virtual or in person. Crisis Team Leader or approved protocols will determine type of response and priority. When appropriate and available two person behavioral health teams may respond in person instead of Law Enforcement. Crisis assessments and interviews will inform decisions determining the most appropriate resolutions for individuals with a psychiatric crisis. Will perform crisis assessments for adults and children. Options may include community options with safety plans or inpatient options. The least restrictive environment providing care and safety is considered. To access inpatient options collaboration with law enforcement, judges, and contracted hospitals is required. Specialist will travel to counties regularly to provide crisis co response services and follow up. Specialist, on a regular basis, will check in with Law Enforcement leadership, Judges, and hospitals to facilitate quality crisis response services. Must be able to work under pressure with stressful situations while maintaining a professional manner. This employee will use Trauma Informed Care principals when interacting with subject and collaterally involved individuals. Options involving jail diversion are preferred.
Prefer previous experience in Mental Health Crisis Work and assessments. Requires Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a social, behavioral, human service or health-related field including, but not limited to, psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, counseling, sociology, human development, gerontology, educational psychology, education, and criminal justice.
Prefer a Master’s Degree and a clinical license (LPC, LCSW or other license that qualifies as a LPHA). The qualified candidate will have excellent communication and problem resolution skills, demonstrated effectiveness in working under pressure, can work collaboratively as part of a team, utilize Trauma Informed Principals in day to day work, and can accurately assess needs of customers in a crisis situation.