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Therapist, Behavioral Health Crisis Center (PM) 

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Therapist, Behavioral Health Crisis Center (PM)


The Behavioral Health Crisis Center is strategically placed in Mobile County with easy access for the area with the highest need and the most frequent use, the midtown/downtown area of Mobile. This Crisis Center operates a 24/7/365 with a full complement of staff to provide crisis de-escalation and resolution no matter the time or the day.


A study of mental health related law enforcement calls shows that, as one of Alabama’s largest cities, Mobile has the highest demand for police and EMS within the I-65/I-165 corridor. Stationing the Diversion Center in this area will allow expeditious access from Baldwin, Washington, Clarke, Monroe, Conecuh, and Escambia Counties, which will also utilize the Diversion Center. Mobile Metro Jail is the second largest jail in Alabama. The annual number of individuals booked into the jail is just under 20,000. Since the Stepping Up Initiative began last year, all inmates are screened for mental illness and substance use disorders. Last year 6,828 individuals screened positive for serious mental illness. This is a serious over-representation of mentally ill individuals per capita when compared to statistics for the general population. Most individuals with mental illness or substance use disorders are arrested for petty crimes. These individuals could be diverted from arrest with the addition of more Mobile Crisis response and a Behavioral Health Crisis Center. Based on data collected from Crisis Response Team calls, Access to Care, law enforcement, local emergency departments, and a Community Health Needs Assessments, the size and structure of the Crisis Center must consist of a large living room model staffed by peer specialists, an 18 recliner temporary observation unit, and a 6 bed extended observation unit.


Clinical Responsibilities:

Provides effective clinical assessment of the consumer

Utilizes assessment data to support a DSM V diagnosis

Formulates appropriate treatment plan along with consumer and families, as appropriate

Provides individual, group, and family therapy, utilizing basic therapeutic models and theories according to consumer needs as stated in the treatment plan

Demonstrates the ability to recognize the elements of a crisis state and knows how to deescalate or resolve the situation

Effectively collaborates with the treatment team members and outside sources in the delivery of clinical services

Evaluates the consumer for discharge planning or movement to a less restrictive environment

Facilitates services that prevent commitment

Participates in weekend therapist rotation providing group and family counseling, crisis intervention and overseeing on-site consumer visitation facility-wide

Adheres to professional code of ethics

Effectively demonstrates the application of adult specific competencies

Assists with seclusion and restraint per AltaPointe policy and procedures


Supervision and Consultation:

Seeks clinical supervision and consultation as needed

Accepts and employs suggestions for improvement

Actively works to enhance clinical skills


Clinical Record Keeping:

Documents in a timely fashion per AltaPointe policy

Documents appropriate, complete, and clinically comprehensive mental health assessments

Documents measurable and specific goals in the treatment plan

Documents in a clear and concise manner, types of consumer problems, treatment goals addressed, services, and techniques used

Documents case disposition, case closings, follow-up and referrals

Documents legibly


Case Load Management:

Effectively manages caseload based on consumer needs

Meets AltaPointe productivity standards


Courteous and respectful attitudes towards consumers, visitors and co-workers:

Treats consumers with care, dignity and compassion

Respects consumer’s privacy and confidentiality

Is pleasant and cooperative with others

Assists consumers and visitors as needed

Personal values don’t inhibit ability to relate and care for others

Is sensitive to the consumer’s needs, expectations and individual differences

Is gentle and calm with consumers and families


Administrative and Other Related Duties as Assigned:

Actively participates in Performance Improvement activities

Actively participates in AltaPointe committees as required

Completes assigned tasks in a timely manner

Accesses appropriate community resources according to consumer needs

Follows AltaPointe policies and procedures

Maintains current license and requirements for renewals (i.e. CEU’s), if applicable, and attends to required in-services and workshops


Physical Requirements:


There is frequent standing, sitting, and walking which are in bursts of 5 to 10 minutes.  However, there are times when this can be extended to pacing with the consumer (time could be undetermined), and at times sitting and standing can be extended with the employee having the ability to change positions as permitted by the observance and behavior of the consumer at that time.

There is occasional forward bending from the hips while kneeling to reach to the side.

There is an occasional need to be able to assume a full squat/lunge from a standing position.

 There is an occasional need to maintain back extension while being on stomach with one’s own body weight on hips and legs.  This position is maintained for several minutes.

Occasionally, be able to put one’s own body weight on one knee and one elbow on the same side of one’s body.

Occasionally, be able to kneel and reach to same side toward the floor.

Lift up to 15 pounds from the floor to various levels, including from floor to overhead occasionally during shift.

Have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds to assist in activities of daily living, as required.  Be able to lift up to 50 pounds from floor to waist.

Strong grasp is needed to use keys to open doors throughout the facility, and to maintain constant contact with a consumer during a restraint procedure or with other hold techniques.

Pushing/pulling force up to 25 pounds occasionally during shift.

At times, be able to ambulate in a quick manner (jog/run) for distances up to 50 feet.

Carrying up to 15 pounds various distances throughout the facility.

Occasional step ladder climbing to retrieve medical records that are on higher shelves.

Fine manipulation/dexterity to handle medical records and complete documentation.

At times therapy may be inside or outside the facility; therefore, some activities will dictate physical requirements for playing or games.


Master’s degree in a mental health discipline.


Knowledge in adult specialty, outlined below, to be attained within six (6) months of employment:

Knowledge of psychiatric disorders in the adult population

Basic knowledge of the nature of addiction for referral purposes

Basic knowledge of Senior Adult issues for referral purposes

Knowledge of person-centered treatment planning

Knowledge of Safety Plans and Psychiatric Advance Directives

Knowledge of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Knowledge of Substance Use Disorders

Knowledge of Housing programs

Knowledge of VA programs

Knowledge of area shelters

Knowledge of Intellectual Disability placement services

Knowledge of inpatient Substance Abuse services

Knowledge of cultural diversity

Knowledge of behavior management, crisis intervention and interventions common to acute psychotic consumers, as well as, to non-violent crisis intervention practice

Knowledge of psychiatric rehabilitation principles

Knowledge of educational methods appropriate to adults with severe and persistent psychiatric disorders