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The mental health professional is a master’s level therapist and reports directly to the program director. This position is responsible for providing clinical assessment, developing a thorough treatment plan, and providing intensive, individualized treatment and skills training to families in the Unity Family Services In-Home Family-Based Program. This person will function collaboratively with the mental health worker, co-therapist and if necessary, the mental health aid to form an effective treatment team. This person must coordinate support services and services provided by other organizations (i.e. schools, churches, other mental health programs etc.)

Unity Family Services, Inc.
Indiana, PA

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Assists the program director & program manager/trainer in all areas of program development and evaluation as assigned. This particularly includes selecting the most appropriate interventions and assessment tools for the family as well as developing the most appropriate criteria and specific measurement scales for proper documentation.

2. Completes clinical child/family assessments, coordinates all information necessary for developing an initial treatment plan, family safety plan, coordinates the 30-day review process, recommends discharge options to the family, and completes follow up plans agreed upon by the family.

3. Participates in a treatment team of self and co-therapist. Together they share the responsibility of providing intensive individual and family treatment with their teammate. They must communicate and collaborate with the teammate to maximize the team’s therapeutic effectiveness with families. Both therapists shall utilize family systems theory, and structural family theory as well as a wide variety of closely related theories, and cognitive/behavioral treatments. Parent training, and social and life skills training are also essential.

4. Provide consultation to personnel from schools, Intermediate Units, and community agencies to provide coordinated individual and family service plans. Consultation and case management activities to be consistent with the family’s goals.

5. Follow family progress with psychiatric physician as appropriate. Arrange psychiatric evaluations as needed, review medication needs, and consult with psychiatrist regarding problems that arise during treatment.

6. Assist the family to use community resources appropriately. They shall develop networks of support services, and coordinate services with countywide child-serving agencies like CYS, Juvenile Court, outpatient treatment, strength-based, BHRS, Therapeutic foster care, etc.

7. Provide mental health crisis support as required such as on-call availability for consultation and support, or assist family in making arrangements to have IP taken to hospital, RTF, etc. However, Therapists are not permitted to restrain clients.

8. Complete routine paperwork such as progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, reviews, logs, letters, and other program related correspondence and forms.

9. Safeguard all confidential company and client information, FSS funds, and company property per established policies and procedures including HIPAA.

10. Recognize the importance of cultural sensitivity when treating families.

11. Utilize internal open door complaint and reporting for issues regarding ethics, fraud, and abuse. Make suggestions to improve services and treatment standards.


Minimum Qualifications per Family-Based Regulations:

A child mental health professional shall have one of the following:

A graduate degree in psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, education, rehabilitation or a graduate degree in the field of human services.

Requirements of Continued Employment

• Valid PA driver’s license and auto insurance required
• Act 33/34 clearances required
• FBI Clearance
• Ability to provide and comply with regulations of Medicaid and Medicare Services
• Pass Drug Testing
• OSHA requirements of driving, walking, sitting, and occasional lifting of 10-20 pounds.
• Ability to travel by auto.

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