JOB Description: Mental Health Practitioner
A Mental Health Practitioner works under the direction and supervision of a Mental Health Professional, providing home- and community-based mental health services to individuals with mental illness. This position requires a high degree of self-initiative and motivation. The schedule is flexible, as determined by client needs, and involves driving to client homes or various locations within the community where services are provided, and occassionally transporting clients.
The Mental Health Practitioner completes assessments and develops treatment plans with clients served based on needs identified by the client and the assessment. The Practitioner should possess good verbal communication and writing skills, assessment and problem-solving abilities, knowledge of the mental health service system, organization and record-keeping skills, and the ability to locate information and resources for a variety of client needs within the mental health, medical, housing and social services system.
The Mental Health Practitioner shall meet the qualifications defined in Minnesota Statute 2545.462 subdivision 17. These include that the Mental Health Practitioner:
- Holds a bachelor's degree in one of the behavioral
sciences or related fields from an accredited college or
- Has at least 2,000 hours of supervised experience in
the delivery of services to persons with mental illness; or
- Is fluent in the non-English language of the ethnic
group to which at least 50 percent of the practitioner's clients
belong, completes 40 hours of training in the delivery of
services to persons with mental illness, and receives clinical
supervision from a mental health professional at least once a
week until the requirement of 2,000 hours of supervised
experience is met;
- Has at least 6,000 hours of supervised experience in
the delivery of services to persons with mental illness;
- Is a graduate student in one of the behavioral sciences
or related fields and is formally assigned by an accredited
college or university to an agency or facility for clinical
- Holds a master's or other graduate degree in one of the
behavioral sciences or related fields from an accredited college
or university and has less than 4,000 hours post-master's
experience in the treatment of mental illness.
Pre-service Job Skills
- Excellent reading and writing skills
- Proficiency with computing (using internet, email, word-processing)
- Ability to work without supervision, identify problems and solutions
- Effective interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to work as a team, give and receive positive feedback and constructive criticism
- A personal philosophy that is respectful of others, appreciative of differences, and client-centered
- Integrity, honesty and commitment to quality
- Valid driver's license, vehicle insured and in good condition, and good driving record.
- Establish therapeutic relationships with assigned recipients and meet with each client as needed up to 6 hours per week.
- Under the direction of the Mental Health Professional, conduct functional assessments and develop individual treatment plans for assigned recipients.
- Under the direction of the Mental Health Professional, develop and maintain recipient files according to the requirements of Minnesota Statute 2546B.0623.
- Implement services in the treatment plan for each recipient under the clinical supervision of a Mental Health Professional. The plan may include services that instruct, assist, and support recipients in areas such as: interpersonal communication skills, community resource utilization and integration skills, crisis assistance, relapse prevention skills, health care directives, budgeting and shopping skills, healthy lifestyle skills and practices, cooking and nutrition skills, transportation skills, medication education and monitoring, mental illness symptom management skills, household management skills, employment-related skills, and transition to community living services.
- Document all services provided accurately, completely and within required deadlines.
- Under the direction of the Mental Health Professional, review individual treatment plans for all recipients, and revise them as necessary.
- Complete initial and ongoing training requirements defined for the position at required minimum standards.
- Meet with the Mental Health Professional Clinical Supervisor at least twice monthly for training and treatment plan review.
- Report problems, concerns, client grievances, and potential maltreatment of clients as defined in Minnesota Statute 626.5572 according to the requirements of Minnesota Statute 626.557.
Orientation - Accend Services shall receive orientation to the following:
- Accend Services mission and philosophy;
- Vulnerable adult law, client rights and Accend Services policies;
- Client and staff health and safety/crisis resources and assistance;
- Client and staff drug and alcohol use policies;
- Documentation procedures and data privacy;
- Community resources
Ongoing training - Practitioners must complete at least 15 hours of training annually in the following topics as determined by the Clinical Director and Team Leader during and as appropriate to meeting the specific needs of clients served:
- Behavioral analysis and supports
- Recipient-centered individual treatment planning
- Functional assessment
- Medication basics and psychotropic medications
- Healthy nutrition, diet and exercise
- State and local service system and resources for persons with disabilities
- Mental health/mental illness topics specific to diagnoses of clients served
- Best Practices and current research on treatment methods specific to diagnoses
- Co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse
- Best practices in mental health treatment
- CPR and first aid
- Overview of co-occurring or related disabilities specific to clients served (developmental disabilities, brain injuries, aging, epilepsy, etc.)
- Ethics, legal issues and advocacy
- Effective health advocacy
- Healthy sexuality
- Interpersonal communication
- Topics in cultural diversity
- Leadership development
- Other topics determined by the Clinical Supervisor
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