Mental Health Therapist - Outpatient (Days)


  • Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Posted: Jan 17, 2020

Job Description


Key AccountabilityClinical Excellence/Patient Care
Provides direct, intensive psychiatric therapy to individuals, families, and/or groups identified as having psychiatric disorders.
Treats crisis situations and emergencies as needed by department.
Evaluates patientsPerforms psychosocial assessments, collecting diagnostic information, determining immediate treatment plans for patients.
Develops treatment plans and goals.Establishes measureable & appropriate long term goals and short term goals, utilizing knowledge of the diagnosis and developmental needs appropriate for the age of the patients.
Adjust treatment plan as needed.
Completes all necessary documentation.Completes evaluations within the specified timeframe, including long and short term goals.
Completes progress reports on all patients within specified timeframe.
Completes all objective documentation in accordance with department and hospital policies.
Respects confidentiality of patient records and treatment.
Completes all necessary documentation.Completes evaluations within the specified timeframe, including long and short term goals.
Completes progress reports on all patients within specified timeframe.
Completes all objective documentation in accordance with department and hospital policies.
Respects confidentiality of patient records and treatment.
Key AccountabilityAssessment/Planning
Introduces self to patient and family and explains the role of the mental health therapist while attending the outpatient program.
Conducts a complete and objective psychosocial history assessment on each patient that admits to the program and works to identify patient/family psychosocial, financial, or legal concerns that affect patients ability to be independent in the community.
Uses established protocols to assess and promptly documents the patients medical and psychiatric needs to assure an accurate legal record of patients care
Individualizes plan of care based on patient needs and utilizes appropriate community resources to optimize patient outcomes
Provides care coordination/communication between community resources and the patient and/or family
Provides short term crisis intervention counseling for patient/family as needed
Key AccountabilityCare Coordination
Provides behavioral health care coordination and discharge planning to assure that the patient progresses through the continuum of care and has resources in place for community support
Coordinates the integration of social services/care coordination functions into patient care, discharge, and home planning processes with other hospital departments, external service organizations, agencies, and healthcare facilities
Promotes program enhancements and/or participation through marketing events and outreach activities.
Provides skilled intervention for the support and/or resolution of patient and family crises, problem solving, and decision making
Improves patient and/or family understanding of and adjustment to the psychiatric diagnosis and the plan of care
Promotes effective and efficient utilization of behavioral health and community resources.
Serves as patient advocate. Enhances a collaborative relationship to maximize the patients and familys ability to make informed decisions (clinical and/or non-clinical)
Adheres to Orders set forth by District Courts where patients have been ordered to participate in the program. Complies with all reporting standards set forth by the Court.
Key AccountabilityUtilization Review
Maintains records according to DNV and accreditation standards CMS, Medicaid, Commercial Insurance's).
Performs integrated concurrent review to identify quality and utilization issues.
Applies admission, continued stay/ transfer, and discharge criteria to each patient case.
Knowledgeable in Medicare/Medicaid and third part regulations.
Interfaces with external review companies and consultants, using advocacy and negotiating skills that address medical necessity and appropriateness of inpatient/outpatient levels of care.
Acts as a resource for physicians and staff as needed in relation to utilization review questions or concerns.

Schedule Information


Schedule: Fulltime days