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Mobile Response Team Specialist


Master's Degree in counseling, psychology or related mental health field and one year of mental health counseling and/or crisis intervention experience, or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. A Post-Master's Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree is equivalent to the required education and one year of related work experience in suicide and crisis intervention. Licensure in mental health, marriage and family counseling or any related mental health field is required within two years of employment. Must successfully pass a Level 2 Background Check as specified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. A valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position. Applicants  within  six  months  of  meeting  the  minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.

This position is grant funded until June 30, 2023 which is renewed or negotiated annually. Employees are eligible for benefits but have no rights to permanent employment.
Position Summary
This is responsible professional crisis intervention counseling work providing mobile response team services, and the ongoing development, training and support of the Crisis Center's mobile response program in the County's Crisis Center and onsite throughout the community.

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.
An employee assigned to this classification reviews the daily processing of crisis calls, mobile response calls, care plans, follow up contacts and warm hand offs to community providers.
Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports and observation of the results obtained.
Examples of Duties
Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
Provides trauma sensitive and strength based mobile response crisis intervention services.
Provides direct service through mobile response, crisis phone line, face to face counseling, through Crisis Center chat/text services as needed, on planned basis and in emergencies.
Provides clients and families with prompt screening, assessment, crisis intervention support, and linkage to community services.
Develops care plans for mobile response clients and their families focused on strategies to reduce individual and family stressors and for maintaining stabilization.
Provides care coordination by enlisting the consultation of psychiatric providers and other mental health/social service organizations and transitioning care via a warm hand?off when possible and appropriate.
Coordinates ongoing in-service trainings and debriefs for mobile response team members.
Ensures team compliance with policy and procedures.
Provides supervision and clinical training to graduate students toward their certification and/or licensure.
Assists all staff and volunteers, through individual and group conferences, in analyzing mobile response cases, client concerns, and the ongoing coordination of care, case problems and in improving their diagnostic and helping skills.
Informs citizens and community organizations about the Crisis Center's mobile response team, crisis intervention services and suicide prevention programs that are available to the community.
Collaborates with local agencies to coordinate client care as well as to develop and implement community-wide strategies to address mental health issues.
Collects and organizes feedback from each individual and family regarding the service delivery to improve outcomes of care that inform, individualize, and improve provider service delivery.
Provides in-service training for experienced workers in areas such as advanced mobile response and crisis intervention skills, new policies, procedures, and regulations including those related to trauma informed care, cultural and linguistic competency.

Represents department in community or in interagency activities.

Conducts and/or directs staff development programs.

Continuously reviews current caseload.

Counsels and refers clients to appropriate agencies or services in the community as appropriate.

Supervises and continuously evaluates, assist, and advises crisis intervention volunteers, practicum and internship graduate students.

Ensures the proper tracking of data and  statistical information related to the mobile response team program.
Provides after-hours on-call and in person supervision for mobile response team and all Crisis Center workers.
Informs citizens and community organizations about the Crisis Center's mobile response team, crisis intervention services and suicide prevention programs that are available to the community.
Collaborates with local agencies to develop and implement community-wide strategies to address mental health issues.
Coordinates and assists with implementation of mobile response program policies and procedures.
Coordinates  activities,  groups and  internal  projects  geared toward  personal and professional development of mobile response team, volunteers, graduate students and staff.
Drives a County and/or personal vehicle regularly to respond to crisis calls 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week; drives to offsite locations to conduct training and/or participate in outreach events.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.
NOTE: These examples are intended only  as illustrations of the various kinds  of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules and  regulations relating to the operation of community crisis intervention programs.
Considerable  knowledge  of  current  techniques,  principles  and  practices  of  mobile response, crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs.
Skill in the use of personal computers including word processing programs.
Ability to work with diverse populations and demonstrate cultural and linguistic competency.
Ability to work with and counsel suicidal/distraught clients and work within a family driven and youth guided collaborative model.
Ability to function in a team setting.
Ability to train, supervise and appraise volunteers and students.
Ability to react calmly and quickly in emergencies.
Ability to coordinate and supervise volunteers and students in emergency situations.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to  make  public  presentations  before  community  organizations  about  the program.
Ability to develop and  maintain good  working relationships with assisting  agencies, other County departments, employees and the general public.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach and to be mobile.
The  employee may  occasionally lift and/or  move  up  to 10  pounds. Specific  vision abilities required for this job include close vision, and distance vision.
WORK  ENVIRONMENT: The  work  environment  characteristics  described  here are representative  of  those  an  employee  encounters  while  performing  the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made  to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The Crisis Center operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and employees in this position will be required to work various hours and days of the week.