State of Washington
MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST 2
Provide prescribed advanced in-patient mental health treatment.
Under general supervision of the Registered Nurse in charge, provide direction in crisis situations, clinical expertise in initiating care plans and in group or individual therapy; interpret the Involuntary Treatment Act and participate in the training of staff and students on the unit.
Regularly assigns, instructs and checks the work of employees;
Provides direction to Mental Health Specialist 1;
Initiates care plans and participates in discharge planning with the inter-disciplinary team;
Obtains psycho-social history from patients, family, referral sources and community agencies;
Interprets the Involuntary Treatment Act for the patient and family, community agencies;
Provides liaison with authorities for initiating commitment procedures;
Leads group therapy and family conferences;
Provides intervention to eliminate safety hazards;
Provides direction in managing the behavior of violent patients;
Participates in the training and orientation of new staff and professional students; acts as a member of committee to improve patient care standards;
May participate in research projects;
Performs the duties of Mental Health Specialist 1;
Performs related duties as required.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
One year as a Mental Health Specialist 1, or equivalent; experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Class Specification History
New Class: 1-21-83
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revised class code: (formerly 6184) effective July 1, 2007