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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER

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MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER
352E
Category: Social Services

Class Series Concept

Provide mental health diagnostic evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and case management services in a multi-disciplinary outpatient setting, and consultation and education to other mental health and health care professionals.

Definition

Provide prescribed treatment, maintain case records, participate in data collection and research, and perform case management functions.

Distinguishing Characteristics

First-level class of series.  Under general supervision, provide prescribed mental health services in an outpatient setting. 

Typical Work

Provides psycho-therapy as prescribed by the individual service plan; 

Maintains case records; 

Provides case management, client advocacy, outreach and/or follow-up contacts to clients in the community; 

Assists in monitoring the effect of medications under the general direction of a physician; 

Conducts screening, triage, and referral services; 

Participates in data collection, studies, and research projects; 

Performs crisis intervention;  

Assists in the training of students and directing the work of volunteers;

Provides diagnostic evaluation and develops individual service and discharge plans; 

Conducts 90-day case reviews and revise individual service plans; 

May provide consultation and education to other social service and health care workers; 

Performs related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

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. 

Desirable Qualifications

A Master's Degree in behavioral sciences, such as psychology, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, vocational or educational counseling, or social work  

OR 

Bachelor's Degree in nursing or a behavioral science and three years' of experience in the direct delivery of professional mental health care  

OR 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class effective April 16, 1975.
Revise class effective May 18, 1987.
Revise minimum qualifications effective July 2, 1990.
Revised class code: (formerly 6123) effective July 1, 2007.

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