EMPLOYMENT VALUE PROPOSITION: Mental Health Center of Denver provides you with the support you need to help you develop a career in helping others succeed. We innovate, adapt, and leverage the diverse perspectives of the people on our team and the people we serve in everything we do.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS: The Mental Health Center of Denver values and is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to ending bias and discrimination in our community and ensuring equity within all aspects of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, transfer, or promotion opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

COMMITMENT TO PAY EQUITY: Mental Health Center of Denver is committed to fair and equitable hiring with salaries based on relevant factors, such as work experience, education, and certification/licensure (rather than wage history). Toward the principle of equal pay for equal work, we post and hire within defined hiring salary ranges.  We ask all applicants to carefully review the hiring salary range for each posted job opportunity, as we will not hire outside the predetermined range.

BENEFITS STATEMENT: All full-time, benefits eligible employees will be eligible for MHCD’s benefits plan. For a full description of benefit offerings, please visit: https://mhcd.org/workplace-of-choice/.

COVID VACCINATION NOTICE: Under the COVID-19 mandate issued by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment on August 2, 2021, current MHCD personnel must be fully vaccinated, or be approved for exemption, no later than September 30, 2021. “Fully vaccinated” means two weeks (14 days) after receiving the final dose of vaccine. The “final dose” is the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or the single dose of a one dose vaccine (J&J). 

Learn what it is like to work at the Mental Health Center of Denver:

 

STARTING SALARY: 

LCSW/LPC/LMFT - $28.48/hr - $34.18/hr

Mental Health Therapist II (Masters-level) - $22.97/hr - $27.56/hr

Spanish differential - $2.50/hr

 

POSITION SUMMARY:  The Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program consists of a partnership between the Denver Health Paramedic Division and the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD). The STAR program was modeled after the CAHOOTS Program in Eugene, OR and was born out of a year long collaborative effort between the Denver community, MHCD and The Department of Safety. The STAR Program diverts low risk 911 calls to the medic/clinician team to provide a trauma informed, client centered response to individuals in crisis. The goal is to expand the options available to the community when someone calls 911 in crisis. The STAR Pilot is now expanding to a city wide response and will respond to low level crisis calls in the community such as; welfare checks, trespassing, individuals experiencing non emergent suicidal ideation and other low level behavioral health crisis calls. The STAR team also helps to identify culturally appropriate community resources, alternative treatment options, and long-term community supports as identified by the individual to best meet their needs.  The STAR team uses a trauma informed, harm reduction principles to meet people where they are at and develop creative solutions to meeting their needs.  Our ideal candidate would be a clinician who is creative, adept at problem solving and interested in collaborating with medics and law enforcement to offer unique solutions to crises in our community.

 

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Respond to low level mental Health related 911 calls and provide psychological evaluations/problem identification, crisis interventions, referrals and linkage to resources for consumers who are not arrested.
  • Provide case management services to clients as needed or assigned as part of response to mental health related 911 calls.
  • Develop crisis related treatment plans.
  • Provide psychological consultation while responding to mental health related calls.
  • Coordinate client's use of other city programs and outside community resources.
  • Coordinate medication/medicinal needs of clients with psychiatrists, nurses, and other medical sources as part of crisis resolution.
  • Maintain accurate and timely clinical records consistent with MHCD standards.
  • Participate in team/department meetings, in-services, and supervisory sessions as required.
  • Perform 27-10 (M-1) “mental health hold” evaluations in the community while responding to mental health related 911 calls as needed.
  • Maintain a trauma informed environment of wellbeing.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

 

EDUCATION: Master's Degree in social work, psychology, or similar field.  Current license as a LCSW/LPC/LMFT in the State of Colorado preferred.                

 

EXPERIENCE:   Minimum of two years’ experience in clinical social work. Experience working with moderate to severe and persistently mentally ill populations.

 

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Knowledge or ability to learn and practice trauma informed principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of methods of psychotherapy. 
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  •  Ability to assess crisis situations and intervene appropriately. 
  • Familiarity with the DSM V and diagnostic techniques. 
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to work flexible and on-call hours which may be required.
  • Must have valid drivers license and good driving record.
  • Bilingual ability preferred
  • LAC or CAC III preferred

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:   Assist with program supervision of students/volunteers as determined appropriate.   

 

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability to sit, stand, bend and reach, drive, operate standard office equipment such as phone, computer, facsimile, copier/printer, and other business machines.  Occasional lifting up to 40 lbs.

 

TYPICAL MENTAL DEMANDS:  Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans.  Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them.

 

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

Denver Health Paramedic Division: May require occasional evening, weekend or on-call hours.  Some local travel depending on position. Will ride with Denver Health Paramedic (in coordination with 911 communication center) in response to low-level mental health related 911 calls.  

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